Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 3:40 pm

Louisiana Tech's Duplessis dies at 21

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Sad news from Louisiana Tech on Thursday morning, as the school sent out a release confirming that running back Tyrone Duplessis passed away early Thursday morning at his off-campus apartment.

Duplessis was only 21 years old.

“Tyrone was a valuable part of this football family,” said head coach Sonny Dykes in a statement. “This is a tragic, senseless loss, but he made a lasting impact on this team, University and everyone that knew him.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tyrone and his family,” said Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. “Tyrone was a special young man who was loved and respected by the Tech Family. He will be dearly missed, but I am sure his teammates and friends will honor and remember him through their commitment to fulfilling their potential.”

The cause of death has not yet been determined.

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Posted on: September 19, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2011 1:07 pm

OSU's Spencer leaves team following wife's death

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Some sad news out of Stillwater this weekend. Oklahoma State co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer left the team on Saturday night before the Cowboys game against Tulsa started to return home to Stillwater to be with his wife. Angela Spencer then passed away shortly after Oklahoma State's game finally began.

Spencer has now taken a leave of absence from the team.

“We have a very close team of coaches and players that care about each other, so we were concerned when Glenn left there during the delay," Mike Gundy told The Oklahoman. “She was having a tough time, and then when she passed away, it was difficult. There’s no question about it.” 

As for when Spencer will rejoin the team, Gundy said that he wouldn't give Spencer any timetable.

“I told (Glenn) he could come back whenever he wanted,” Gundy said. “He could come back in three days, five days or two weeks. What he’s going to have to go through with the next week or so with his family and his boys...he needs to be with them and he’s free to stay and do whatever he wants to do.

“There’s not a harder worker and a guy that wants to be here more, so whenever he’s ready to be a part of our team, he’ll be back.” 

Angela Spencer received a heart transplant in February 2010.

Oklahoma State opens conference play against Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday.
Posted on: July 12, 2011 11:26 am
Edited on: July 12, 2011 11:50 am

Prescription painkillers killed Austin Box

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box died unexpectedly on May 19th, and according to toxicology reports released by his parents on Monday, we now know that prescription painkillers were what led to Box's death. The toxicology reports show that Box had five different painkillers in his system when he died: oxymorphone, morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and alprazolam.

The probable cause of death was "pulmonary edema and aspiration pneumonia," a condition caused by "mixed drug toxicity." The report also listed cardiomegaly -- an enlarged heart -- and chronic pain history as other significant medical conditions.

News that came as a shock to Box's parents, who had no clue their son was on so many pain medications. According to his father, Craig Box, who had spent the last four days with Austin before his death on a trip to St. Louis, he never saw his son take anything but Advil. Gail Box, Austin's mother, said that although Box had suffered through a number of injuries that required painkillers, her son was never the type to take them longer than he needed to, and she never saw any signs of abuse.

“I am a guidance counselor at Enid High School and, yes, I see drugs and what it does to the young person, their attitude about school, their attitude about life, and I see them give up,” Gail Box told The Oklahoman. “I know the signs of drug use. It is not my job to diagnose but it is my job to refer someone when I suspect. And there have been many times when I have suspected and many times when I have referred. I have wracked my brain. Did I ignore signs? I don't know, but I do know that Austin was a silent sufferer.”

Neither of Box's parents believe that their son would have purposely taken the drugs in a suicide attempt. 

Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:20 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:40 pm

John Mackey passes away

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Former Syracuse and Baltimore Colts tight end John Mackey died Wednesday night. He was 69.

Mackey, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, was also a former NFLPA president and helped fight for health care rights for NFL players, especially those who suffered from dementia as Mackey did during the latter years of his life.

"John Mackey was one of the great leaders in NFL history, on and off the field," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "He was a Hall of Fame player who redefined the tight end position. He was a courageous advocate for his fellow NFL players as head of the NFL Players Association. He worked closely with our office on many issues through the years, including serving as the first president of the NFL Youth Football Fund. He never stopped fighting the good fight."

“John Mackey's passing is extremely difficult news for all of us," added Syracuse Director of Athletics Dr. Daryl Gross. "John was a true hero, an icon, and a leader in the world. Our hearts go out to his lovely wife, Sylvia, and his family. His impact on Syracuse will never be forgotten as his legacy will last forever. We salute and celebrate John's amazing life, as he has touched us all. God bless John Mackey.”

Mackey was also the inspiration for college football's John Mackey Award, which is given out by the Nassau County Sports Commission every season to the best tight end in college football. The watch list for the 2011 Mackey Award was released Wednesday

Posted on: July 5, 2011 12:32 pm

Purdue releases statement on Sean Matti

Posted by Tom Fornelli

As we wrote about on the blog on Tuesday morning, the body of Purdue running back Sean Matti was found in Lake Freeman in Indiana on Tuesday. Matti had first been reported missing on Sunday evening.

The school has released a statement on Matti's death.
It is with great sadness that the Purdue Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reports the passing of Boilermaker football player Sean Matti.

"On behalf of the entire Purdue Boilermaker family, our hearts go out to Sean's family - Frank and Karen, Samantha, Kyle and Amanda - and all those who knew and loved him," athletics director Morgan Burke said. "It is during difficult times like these that families must unite to grow stronger, and we extend our hands out to help however we can."

Head coach Danny Hope said: "Purdue football is a family, and I am terribly saddened by the loss of one of our young men. Sally's and my prayers continue to go out to Sean's family and all his friends and loved ones. He was a special young man whose positive spirit will be a part of our program forever."
Matti was 22 years old and had walked on to Purdue's football team as a running back in 2007.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 10:24 am

Body of missing Purdue player found

Posted by Tom Fornelli

According to a report from WISHTV in Indiana, the body of Purdue student and running back Sean Matti has been found. Carroll County investigators found Matti's body in Lake Freeman where he was originally reported missing on Sunday night. 

Matti had last been seen swimming in the lake around 5pm on Sunday evening while partying with his friends.

Searchers began looking for Matti on Sunday night, but the search was called off due to darkness before resuming again on Monday.

Matti was 22 years old. 

Posted on: September 16, 2010 5:42 pm

Death or Mountaineers football?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

People love college football.  A lot.  I know this as a fact because I, along with Adam and Chip, are incredibly passionate about the sport, which is why we do this.  Still, I don't know if it's the most important thing in my life.  I'm not married, but if I were, I'd probably keep my wife higher on my list of priorities than any college football game.

Some people, though, see things differently.  Take Larry Kirby of North Charleston, South Carolina.  Larry is a big West Virginia Mountaineers fan who recently lost his wife at the early age of 58.  Now Larry must deal with the grief of losing one of the most important people in his life, but only if it doesn't interfere with the Mountaineers game against Maryland this Saturday.

From Joan Kirby's obituary , the emphasis added is my own:

Joan Renee Kirby, 58, wife of Larry Kirby, of N. Charleston, SC, died Tuesday, September 14, 2010. Friends and family are invited to a visitation at Parks Funeral Home, in Summerville, SC, Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2010, from 4 - 6 o'clock so that there won't be a conflict with the West Virginia Mountaineers football game. Burial will be held at a later date.

I don't even want to know what's going to happen should the game go into overtime.  The 4pm start is only four hours after kickoff in Morgantown and college games routinely run north of three and a half hours.  Seems to me Mr. Kirby is cutting it awfully close for comfort.

As for when the burial will be, I don't have any inside info, but I'd guess it'll be on October 2 seeing as how that's West Virginia's next bye week.

Courtesy of CFT

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