Ohio State University, just one day after a decisive victory over their arch rival Michigan, suffered a tragedy within the football program on Sunday, as missing Ohio State player, Kosta Karageorge. Karagoeorge went missing 4 days prior to being found in a trash bin by a mother and her son.
Karageorge had suffered a series of concussions recently, and as a result, his brain will be examined by the coroner who is currently performing the autopsy. Karageorge had been found to have died as a result of a gun shot wound, which is hypothesized to a self-inflicted wound.
Before Karageorge went missing, he sent the following text message to his family: “I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f—– up.”
The tragedy has darkened what should’ve been a celebratory weekend in Columbus.
One of the biggest problems that this issue will raise within the NCAA is part of the concussion problems that recently ran rampant throughout the entire National Football League in recent years.
Depending on the findings of the autopsy and examination of Karageorge’s brain examination, the NCAA may also have to undergo a heavy review of their concussion policy, and the follow up care given to players who have suffered them in order to prevent another tragic situation like this from coming up.
While the coroner has yet to definitively make the statement that the injury was self inflicted, the ramifications of those findings could be far reaching, and have a major impact on the college football arena for years to come.
Not only would this have a major impact on college football, but will further reignite the concussion issue throughout all of football.
Concussion issues have plagued football over the recent years, and have been linked to the deaths of multiple former NFL players including former linebacker Junior Seau, and safety Dave Duerson.
Duerson and Seau both died of self inflicted gunshot wounds, but neither player damaged their brain in their suicides, and their brains were examined and found to have been damaged by multiple concussions.