Tulane mourns passing of LB Osagiede

Updated: January 21, 2010, 7:02 PM ET
By Graham Watson | ESPN.com

Tulane linebacker Sule Osagiede died from injuries sustained in a car accident Thursday morning in Beaumont, Texas, the university confirmed.

Osagiede, a sophomore, was from the Houston area.

"The death of Sule Osagiede is a tragedy and as a parent I cannot imagine the grief and heartache being experienced by his family," Tulane president Scott Cowen said in a statement. "My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with them.

"I know his teammates, coaches and friends are as devastated by the news as I am. We will make sure that we provide them with the resources to help them cope with this terribly sad situation."

Osagiede missed the 2009 season after suffering a neck injury during fall camp in August.

He played in nine games as a true freshman in 2008 and finished the year with seven tackles.

Funeral and memorial services will be announced at a later date.

Graham Watson covers college sports for ESPN.com.

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Watson joined ESPN.com in 2008 after four seasons covering the Missouri Tigers and the Big 12 Conference for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She also covered college football recruiting for the Dallas Morning News.

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