UCF scrutinizing athlete 's collapse

UCF scrutinizing athlete 's collapse

There are 57 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 8, 2008, titled UCF scrutinizing athlete 's collapse. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

UCF President John Hitt on Monday promised a thorough review after freshman running back Brandon Davis collapsed during an off-season conditioning workout last week.

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Caldwell, NJ

#1 Dec 8, 2008
If I were him, I'll transfer to another school to play football. Doctors said he didn't have enough water in his system when he collasped. There's no excuse for that. Trainers are responsible for the player's health on and off the field.
Let say Davis refused to take his breaks and continued. Trainers should of made him stop and forced him to take a break. The trainers are the players' boss, not the other way around.
DPGE

Palatka, FL

#2 Dec 8, 2008
How do you not even mention the previous fatality under this coach's watch, under similar circumstances?
Delaney

Plano, TX

#3 Dec 8, 2008
DPGE wrote:
How do you not even mention the previous fatality under this coach's watch, under similar circumstances?
That has been included in nearly every UCF piece written by the Sentinel regarding anything UCF football related all year.

Also you are assuming the coach was present and that the circumstances are similar.
Getreal

Ormond Beach, FL

#4 Dec 8, 2008
Delaney wrote:
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That has been included in nearly every UCF piece written by the Sentinel regarding anything UCF football related all year.
Also you are assuming the coach was present and that the circumstances are similar.
I thought the reason coaches and athletic directors are so well paid is to make sure the operation runs well. Are other schools reporting kids dying and winding up in the hospital due to such severe dehydration? If not why not?
Jay

Darby, PA

#5 Dec 8, 2008
Yes, athletes at other colleges do sometimes end up in the hospital, but you don't have media vultures surrounding them trying to make more money off of a tragic death 9 months ago so you don't hear about it
Not talking

Troy, MI

#6 Dec 8, 2008
I guess you can call this an exclusive interview although there's no real meat to "what happened". I assume the fact that he won't talk about it, means someone will be sued.
Scholarship

Cheyenne, WY

#7 Dec 8, 2008
Thank God this young man made it!! Unfortunately, if Brandon wants to continue tp play in "O" Town..we will not know his side of the story for years to come, once the talented coaching staff has a few words with him..
Greg

Plano, TX

#8 Dec 8, 2008
Don't want to hear this BS that it is the coaches or trainers responsibility to ensure he has enough liquids in his system. If he is a Freshman. He is an adult. At 18 years old he has the right to vote and go in the military. If he doesn't have enough brains to get a drink when he is thirsty maybe he shouldn't be in college.
The voice of reason

Denver, CO

#9 Dec 9, 2008
Clearly there is something wrong within the UCF football program. Changes need to be made, starting with getting rid of George O'Leary. All the staff working under his direction need to be held accountable if they withheld water from this player under O'Leary's direction.
Gordon Solie

West Palm Beach, FL

#10 Dec 9, 2008
the NCAA need to step in and shut down the program immediately befire someone else dies on OLeary's watch.
Sam

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#11 Dec 9, 2008
Just from reading this article you can tell that this guy and his family have already talked to lawyers.
wowOwow

AOL

#12 Dec 9, 2008
omg we need to take care of these boys coaches
Voice of reason

Pompano Beach, FL

#13 Dec 9, 2008
Lawyers, get on your mark, get set,... Lawsuit!
cha ching

Broadview Heights, OH

#14 Dec 9, 2008
the brown's are looking for a payday....anyone who thinks different at this point must be involved in some fruitless litigation themselves...its an offseason weightlifting session the trainers "wouldnt" let him drink or supply him with drinks? if you truly believe that you might as well believe oj's innocent and obama's a muslim...
sal

United States

#15 Dec 9, 2008
I love how there's such a long story over a guy that didn't drink enough water during his workout.
Seriously

United States

#16 Dec 9, 2008
Greg wrote:
Don't want to hear this BS that it is the coaches or trainers responsibility to ensure he has enough liquids in his system. If he is a Freshman. He is an adult. At 18 years old he has the right to vote and go in the military. If he doesn't have enough brains to get a drink when he is thirsty maybe he shouldn't be in college.
Have you ever been on a sports team during a workout? I don't care how old you are, if you have a coach or trainer breathing down your neck to give them one more rep or 2 more minutes, most would probably push themselves. I'm sure he thought if he quit to get a drink he would be perceived as weak. You don't know what was going on in his mind or if he even felt thirsty.
eyerace

Melbourne, FL

#17 Dec 9, 2008
Gordon Solie!!!!! Cool. How's "Championship Wrestling from West Palm Beach!" these days? Anyway..........Years ago Head Coach McDowell [who had a great W-L record and Div 2 Championship appearances] had to quit FOR THE GOOD OF THE PROGRAM under the pressure of an NCAA investigation into a prior football player's action. The graduate had returned to campus and was passing out free cell phones to players....trying to be their old buddy and friend. Hmmmmm.....The graduate must have discovered how tough the working world really is and went back to his old stomping grounds so as to experience an environment in which he was still a "big deal." Anyway.....no one died or collapsed. We can't exactly say the same thing for the program under O'Who now can we? The EP death is only beginning to play out in the headlines as things progress.....the story has not gone away and the bad PR will continue. I believe the chances of the NCAA becoming more involved with an investigation of the UCF football program are only increasing with time. So......FOR THE GOOD OF THE PROGRAM O'Who should resign afterfiring Tim Salem....and that way O'Who goes out with a little class and also placates the NCAA...FOR THE GOOD OF THE PROGRAM. I worry the NCAA is going to come down on UCF football like a ton of bricks during the next six or so months.
lld

Orlando, FL

#18 Dec 9, 2008
I have a very hard time believing there was absolutley NO water available during the off season training session. And I also have a difficult time believing the trainers refused to allow this young man to take a break when he needed one. This is a public university football program, not a prison. Of course at any time during the practice he could have just left to look for water or just taken a break - he needs to take some of the responsibility on himself.

Was he 100% healthy to begin with? Was there any underlying condition that would have played a role in his acute kidney failure? We have not heard anything to that effect nor do I think we ever will until the lawsuit comes out. This is an unfortunate incident where both parties need to take some responsibility.
DriveBy Poster

Schaumburg, IL

#19 Dec 9, 2008
The voice of reason wrote:
All the staff working under his direction need to be held accountable if they withheld water from this player under O'Leary's direction.
Wow - there's a wild leap of suspicion. Now you're accusing O'Leary personally of directing his staff to withhold water?!
Gloom and Doom

Silver Spring, MD

#20 Dec 9, 2008
Brandon Davis said he isn't ready to talk about what happened during the workout before he collapsed. I wonder if Mr. Davis will admit to all the bulk up powders, muscle building powders, bogus dietary supplements and possibly the steroids he has used during his brief football stint that could have caused his kidneys, liver and heart to fail.

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