Courier Journal (Video Autoplays)- University of Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops believes his staff was the first to offer a scholarship to DeAntre Turman, a Georgia high school football player who died over the weekend from injuries suffered on the playing field. Stoops said Monday he wants to remember Turman by formalizing that offer. “Just like everybody else, just very sad to hear the news,” Stoops said. “That’s tragic, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family — with his dad. “We’re asking for some options on things that we’re allowed to do, whether we could just send — you know, we’re not normally allowed to mail an offer letter to somebody that age. We’d like to do that. Maybe the father would like to have that as a memento.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Turman, a 5-foot-11 junior cornerback at Creekside High School, broke his neck during the Seminoles’ scrimmage and later died at the hospital. He was 16 years old and considered one of the state’s best prospects as one of 50 in Georgia to so far receive a scholarship offer.
This is a bittersweet note to an incredibly tragic story, but still a really classy move by the Kentucky football program that I think is worth mentioning. Obviously it’s impossible to imagine having to deal with something as horrible as this as a parent, and if you’re in Stoops’ position you can only hope that doing something like sending an official letter to show your support will make it a little bit easier to cope. Obviously the last thing I want to do is take any attention away from the real story by turning this into an NCAA hatefest , but based on their less than stellar track record in the past few months you have to hope that they’ll use common sense for the first time in a long time and let this happen. That being said, seeing how the only reasonable responses to this request are “Of course” and “Absolutely” I doubt it will be an issue.