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…