UCF says workout was typical, complied with NCAA rules

Updated: March 26, 2008, 12:15 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Officials at the University of Central Florida say an internal investigation into the death of a UCF football player shows an offseason workout he participated in did not violate NCAA rules.

UCF executive associate athletic director David Chambers said the workout Ereck Plancher went through took place within an appropriate offseason workout window.

The redshirt freshman receiver died March 18, after voluntary strength and conditioning drills. His death came one day before spring practice was originally set to begin. Spring practice was then postponed until Monday.

An autopsy was inconclusive and the Orange County Medical Examiner's office has said more testing will be needed.

According to UCF officials, the workouts did not violate an NCAA rule governing conditioning activities during an eight-week window designated as student-athlete discretionary time. The rule limits conditioning to a maximum of eight hours per week.

Chambers also sought to clarify statements made by UCF athletic director Keith Tribble on the day Plancher died, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

At a news conference on March 18, Tribble said Plancher collapsed and died immediately after taking part in a 10-minute "basic conditioning" drill. Two days later, UCF coach George O'Leary said that it was "not a taxing workout," while not providing details.

On Tuesday, Chambers said the workout in question followed a morning weight-training session and included three station-based exercises that lasted a total of 20 minutes. The 10-minute duration to which Tribble referred was actually the "cool down period," Chambers said, according to the Sentinel.

"It wasn't an atypical drill or conditioning session," Chambers said, according to the report.

Funeral services for Plancher are scheduled for Saturday in Naples, Fla.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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