11.01.08

Ex UCF RB : O’Leary Killed Plancher

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How’s this for overshadowing tomorrow’s ECU v. UCF clash? Just a day after the Orlando Sentinel reported a lawyer representing the family of Ereck Plancher in a wrongful death lawsuit against Central Florida is investigating claims the player had collapsed during prior workouts, ESPN revealed they’ve got an eyewitness ready to point the finger at NYU grad school alumnus George O’Leary.

Former Central Florida running back James Jamison says during his interview with OTL that Ereck Plancher, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, struggled at the workout and that coaches have understated the difficulty of the drills.

Plancher was pronounced dead about one hour after the offseason conditioning session, led by coach George O’Leary, had finished.

Jamison said during the interview that he believes “they ran a player to death.”

“Every step he [Plancher] took, he was about to fall over .. He was just, literally like everybody was looking at him … pushing his body like past his limit … ” Jamison said.

“Coach is like, ‘That’s a bunch of BS, son,’ like, ‘I expect better from you,’ just dogging him … I’m thinking, ‘Why you, why you getting on him? Everybody’s tired. Like, look around you,’ ” Jamison said.

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