Fundrais­ing page set up for FSU player’s fam­ily

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

A GoFundMe page has drawn more than $30,000 in do­na­tions for the fam­ily of Florida State for­ward Phil Cofer, who found out af­ter Thurs­day’s game his father had died af­ter a long ill­ness.

Mike Cofer, a for­mer NFL line­backer, died at age 58. His son was ex­pected to re­main with the team for Saturday’s sec­ond-round West Re­gion game against Mur­ray State, but it was un­clear if Phil Cofer would play. He missed the Semi­noles’ first game against Ver­mont with a foot in­jury.

The of­fi­cial FSU Hoops Twit­ter ac­count tweeted out a link to the GoFundMe, and the Mur­ray State Sports ac­count retweeted it.

Phil Cofer was on the floor with his team­mates for the play­ing of the na­tional an­them be­fore Florida State met Mur­ray State in the West Re­gion on Saturday.

Cofer was not in uni­form and was wear­ing a plas­tic boot on his sore right foot. He lis­tened to the an­them with his head down and rubbed at his eyes. Af­ter the song was over, team­mate Ter­rance Mann, stand­ing next to Cofer, gave him a hug and a pat on the chest. The teams left the floor be­fore in­tro­duc­tions and some Mur­ray State play­ers came over to Cofer to give him a hug or pat on the back.

Cofer was on the bench wear­ing a warmup suit at the start of the game.

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