March Madness 2019: FSU’s Phil Cofer to miss Sweet 16 after father’s death

first_imgCofer found out his father, Michael, passed away after Florida State defeated Vermont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He remained with the team to help FSU defeat Murray State and was going to travel with the team to Anaheim, Calif., for the Sweet 16, but decided to stay home with his family.Should the Seminoles defeat Gonzaga, they will play in their Elite Eight game Saturday — the same day as Michael Cofer’s funeral. Hamilton said that was enough motivation for the team to get into the final rounds of the tournament. Related News According to Hamilton, the team has dedicated the rest of the season to Cofer and his father, who died after a decade-long battle with amyloidosis. The disease kept his kidneys and liver from operating properly.Cofer, a senior, is averaging 7.4 points in 26.1 minutes this season. He’s been plagued by injuries throughout the year, including a foot issues that kept him out of the first round of the tournament. Florida State will be down a player when it takes on top-seeded Gonzaga in the Sweet 16 Thursday.Forward Phil Cofer is home in Georgia following the death of his father, Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton told ESPN. “We were going to support whatever decision he had to make,” Hamilton said. “It’s best for him and his family to get through this period. Now it gives us more of a reason to want to fight our butts off to get to the Final Four so he can have an opportunity to finish his career off.” March Madness 2019: 3 storylines to follow in the Sweet 16last_img

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