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After an NCAA Tournament win, Florida State’s Phil Cofer was told his father passed away

Florida State’s Phil Cofer (0) sits on the bench with a boot on his right foot during the second half Thursday's game against Vermont. Cofer found out after the game that his father died after battling a lengthy illness.
Florida State’s Phil Cofer (0) sits on the bench with a boot on his right foot during the second half Thursday's game against Vermont. Cofer found out after the game that his father died after battling a lengthy illness. AP

Following Florida State’s 76-69 victory over Vermont in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, Phil Cofer was given devastating news.

Cofer, who didn’t play due to a right foot injury, received a phone call that his father had passed away, according to ESPN.

Cofer’s father had a “long illness,” the outlet reported.

Cofer was not in uniform for Thursday’s victory over Vermont that propelled the Seminoles into Saturday’s second round against the winner of Marquette-Murray State in Hartford, Connecticut.

He battled injuries throughout this season, a year removed from being FSU’s leading scorer in guiding the Noles to the Elite Eight.

Sports reporter Jason has covered high school, college and pro sports since joining the Bradenton Herald in 2010. He’s won Florida Press Club awards for sports feature and column writing. He currently writes college and pro sports stories for the McClatchy East Region real-time team.
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