Fundraising page set up for FSU player’s family
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.