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14A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 16, 2004

Falcons
freshman
dies after
practice
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP)
- A Bowling Green football player
died at a hospital yesterday after
becoming ill during the first 10 min-
utes of practice, school officials said.
Aaron Richardson, a freshman,
was taken to Wood County Hospital,
where he died, athletic department
spokesman J.D. Campbell said.
There was no obvious cause of
death and an autopsy was planned
for today, said Wood County coroner
Douglas Hess.
Richardson, a native of Sandusky,
was participating in his first practice
as a nonrecruited walk-on, Campbell
said.
Campbell didn't know what Rich-
ardson was doing when he got sick.
"The university is reviewing the
circumstances surrounding Aaron's
passing," said Ed Whipple, Bowling
Green's vice president for student
affairs.

'Mandingo' comment
will not be punished

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)
- Marshall coach Bob Pruett will
not be reprimanded for calling
the Ohio State football team "a
bunch of Mandingos," a comment
some thought could be offensive to
blacks.
"I profusely apologize if I offend-
ed anyone," Pruett said Wednesday.
"That's the last thing in the world I
wanted to do. As I understand the term,
I was trying to be complimentary."
Pruett said he used the term to
mean "superior ability, superior
strength, boldness and courage."
Pruett made the original com-
ment in his weekly news conference
leading up to last Saturday's game
against Ohio State.
"We think coach Pruett's apology
is sufficient and I think he stated
everything very well," athletic direc-
tor Bob Marcum said Wednesday.
Charles Farrell, director of Rain-
bow Sports, a division of the Rev.
Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH
coalition, said Pruett's remarks
could be offensive to some because
the Mandingos of West Africa were
used as slaves.

Farrell said he also was satisfied
with Pruett's apology.
"What I was hoping is that the
athletic director or the university
president would pull the coach
aside and say, 'Whether you meant
to or not there were some people
who were offended by the use of the
term Mandigo,"' Farrell said. "Any
coach needs to understand that your
words and actions reflect upon that
university."
James Tolbert, who oversees
the West Virginia branch of the
NAACP, said the comment "smacks
of some racism."
But Sylvia Ridgeway, president
of the NAACP's Huntington-Cabell
branch, said Pruett's comments
may have been the result of "a poor
choice of words."
"I have never, ever heard him
make racial remarks before, which
leads me to believe it -vas an indi-
cation of how he felt about strength
and boldness, not anything nega-
tive," she said.
Ohio State defeated Marshall
24-21 with a field goal as time
expired.

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