Oklahoma State's Tyrek Coger collapsed after running stairs in 100-degree heat

Tyrek Coger had just ran stairs in nearly 100-degree heat at Oklahoma State’s football stadium when teammates realized something wasn’t right late Thursday afternoon.

The school’s medical personnel and later paramedics rushed to the aid of the 21-year-old men’s basketball player. A 911 call was placed at 5:05 pm. Coger was pronounced dead 78 minutes later at an area hospital.

“It was obviously hot (Thursday),” Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder told reporters at a news conference on Friday.  “In competitive athletics, you’re always pushing. If you want to be great at something, you have to push. That’s what athletics are all about. I can’t address questions today concerning the heat. That’s one of the questions that I will ask. I hope to have a better answer than what I can give you today.”

OSU spokesperson Gary Shutt that all athletes at the school undergo a thorough physical that included blood work and questions about the athlete’s family’s medical history.  Shutt said that the area medical examiner was scheduled to…

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