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UCF says Plancher knew of sickle cell trait that caused death

Updated: July 19, 2008, 7:14 PM ET
By Mark Fainaru-Wada | ESPN.com

A 19-year-old University of Central Florida football player whose death resulted from an inherited gene cited in the collapse of several young athletes was aware of his condition and monitored regularly, the school's athletic director said Friday.

Ereck Plancher, a redshirt freshman wide receiver from Naples, Fla., died March 18 following an offseason conditioning session, and the Orange County Medical Examiner ruled Thursday that his death was tied to his carrying ...

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