Just moments after Florida State University hmmm defeated the University of Vermont in the NCAA tournament on Thursday, FSU player Phil Cofer learned that his father, formerly Detroit Lions linebacker Mike Cofer, was dead.
Florida State University said Cofer, a forward, received a phone call from his family after the game tells him his father died. ESPN reported that the FSU senior broke into the closet after he was notified and did not discuss his father's death with the media.
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Team spokesman Chuck Walsh said the former Pro Bowl linebacker had suffered from a long illness. He was 58 years old.
Cofer missed the game with a wound right foot and had a protective boots on the bench. The 6-foot-8 forward averages 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. The school did not say whether Cofer was to take part in the second round game against Murray State, which is on Saturday.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.