Updated: 1:31 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 | Posted: 5:54 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014

Meyer talks about missing OSU football player found dead



Sandy Collins

COLUMBUS —

UPDATE at 1:20 p.m. Dec. 1:

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer addressed the death of player Kosta Karageorge during his weekly press conference Monday. According to SBNation writer Matt Brown, Meyer opened by thanking students and fans, and by pointing out that Ohio State leads the nation in attendance. "We're a student-led program," he said, adding that OSU wants to make sure it doesn't forget students when evaluating needs from boosters, corporate sponsors. "The minute you quit being appreciative of the students, you lose them, and we don't want to lose them."

An Ohio State spokesman said police are still investigating the cause of death for Karageorge.

 

UPDATE at 6:25 p.m. Nov 30:

Following the announcement that Karageorge’s body had been found, this statement was issued by OSU: “The Ohio State University Department of Athletics was shocked and saddened to learn today of the death of student-athlete Kosta Karageorge, a senior from Columbus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Karageorge family, and those who knew him, during this most difficult time.”

UPDATE AT 5:45 p.m. Nov. 30:

 The body found today in Columbus is that of missing OSU football player Kosta Karageorge. A spokesman for Columbus police said the body was identified through tattoos.

In a live news conference held moments ago, the spokesman said a woman searching through a dumpster discovered the body. Cause of death appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A gun was found inside the dumpster.

The container and the body are being moved to the morgue for processing.

FIRST REPORT

Media outlets are reporting a body has been found near Ohio State while police are providing no updates on the search for a football player missing since Wednesday.

WBNS-TV, WCMH-TV and The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday that police confirm a body has been found. But both police and Ohio State Coach Urban Meyer say they have no updates on the search for defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge (KOH’-stah KAHR’-ah-jorj).

A police report says Karageorge’s mother told authorities he has had concussions and spells of confusion. She said he texted a message Wednesday citing the concussions and saying he was sorry if he was “an embarrassment.”

The Buckeyes defeated Michigan on Saturday, 42-28. Defensive lineman Michael Bennett said afterward that Karageorge missed practices and that teammates started getting nervous Thursday.

 
 

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