OXFORD, Miss. — The family of an Ole Miss football player who died following a workout in 2010 has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the NCAA.
Bennie Abram III, a 20-year-old nonscholarship player from Southaven, Miss., collapsed during an offseason workout and later died at a hospital in Oxford. An autopsy determined Abram’s death was caused by complications from sickle cell trait, which can alter red blood cells after strenuous exercise.
According to settlement documents, the family will receive $50,000 from the insurance company for the university’s athletic foundation. The Abrams’ attorney, Gene Egdorf of Houston, said the family also will receive $275,000 from the NCAA’s insurance policy.
The university will also pay for any undergraduate and graduate courses for Abram’s mother and two brothers done at the school.
Egdorf said the lawsuit was settled some months ago, but the case had to go through probate in chancery court, which was finalized this past week.
The NCAA has a set of guidelines for institutions to follow regarding the training of athletes with sickle cell trait, including a “slow and gradual” preseason conditioning regimen and for athletes to “stop immediately upon struggling.”
The lawsuit alleged that the first day of workouts was “carelessly and recklessly excessive,” especially for athletes with sickle cell trait. It also claims there was no evidence Abram was informed of his condition, and that he didn’t receive proper medical attention when he began struggling during the workouts, and was instead pushed to continue.
Sickle cell trait is found in about 8 percent of African-Americans in the United States, according to the NCAA.
Source: Rebs CB suspended
OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss cornerback Carlos Davis has been suspended for six games next season by the NCAA after playing in six games last season while academically ineligible, a person familiar with the decision said Tuesday.
The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the university has not released the player’s name, said the school does not expect any more penalties from the NCAA.
Davis’s suspension was first reported by the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger.
A 5-foot-9, 163-pound nonscholarship player, Davis was used mostly on special teams, making seven tackles and returning four kickoffs.
Ole Miss self-reported the violation in April after being notified of the problem by the NCAA. Documents show a player — whose name is redacted — was initially cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center last summer, but was ruled ineligible after the ACT canceled his scores.
Boy beats ‘Michigan’ cancer
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football fans always want to defeat what they call “That school up North.”
So when a 12-year-old Buckeyes fan was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago, he chose to name his disease “Michigan.” He wanted to beat it. And he did.
The fan, Grant Reed, was released from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus on Friday after a final chemotherapy session.
Grant’s father, Troy Reed, said his son was readmitted to the hospital over the weekend because of a bacterial infection, but he said the boy is doing “very well.”
The boy’s father said the Reeds watched OSU games in Grant’s hospital room during the weekends he was admitted to receive chemotherapy treatment last fall.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer visited the boy at the hospital in December.
Va. Tech tailback dismissed
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Virginia Tech tailback Michael Holmes was kicked out of school after being convicted of assault and battery.
Athletic department spokesman Bryan Johnston said Tuesday the decision was made by a student judicial panel.
Holmes was charged with felony malicious wounding after a fight April 21. He was convicted of the reduced misdemeanor charge on June 13 and was given a one-year suspended sentence. Two counts of simple assault were dropped.
The 20-year-old sophomore from Harrisonburg started five games last season, rushing for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
Washington WR arrested
SEATTLE — Washington wide receiver Kasen Williams was fined and received a misdemeanor citation after he was pulled over for speeding and investigation of driving under the influence near Chelan, Wash., in May.
News of Williams’ arrest emerged Tuesday after Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian released a statement saying the school was aware of the incident and that any discipline handed down to the wide receiver would be kept internal.
He’s the second Washington star to face off-field problems after tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on DUI charges earlier this spring. Seferian-Jenkins faces a pre-trial hearing in the case next week.
According to court documents, Williams was pulled over by the Washington State Patrol for speeding May 26.