Oklahoma State basketball player Tyrek Coger died from an enlarged heart and that the manner of death was natural. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office made that announcement Friday afternoon.
The medical examiner’s office said Coger, 21, died from cardiomegaly with left ventricular hypertrophy. A final report won’t be available for at least two months.
That information was released a few hours after university officials held a news conference to provide more information on Coger, who passed away late Thursday afternoon.
Coger participated in a 40-minute team workout that involved running steps at Boone Pickens Stadium. The temperature at the time of the workout was 99 degrees with a heat index of 105.
After the running was completed, Cogar sat down and a few minutes later his teammates realized there was a problem. A 911 call was placed and paramedics arrived at 5:08 p.m. CST. Coger arrived at at Stillwater Medical Center at 5:48 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 6:23 p.m., according to school spokesman Gary Shutt.
NCAA rules allow for basketball teams to meet eight hours a week during the summer. Two of those hours can be spent on the court with the rest on strength and conditioning or all eight hours can be used for workouts.
Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder says the team will thoroughly examine its practices following Coger’s death.
First-year coach Brad Underwood returned to Stillwater from recruiting in Las Vegas.
“This is the hardest couple of days I’ve ever experienced in my coaching life. You say goodbye to players when they graduate and that’s one thing,” Underwood said, pausing to wipe away tears with a towel. “Making that phone call to a mother is – there’s no words.”
Coger, a junior-college transfer who had been on campus less than three weeks, is another tragedy for a school that knows grieving. Last fall, a driver crashed into a crowd at Oklahoma State’s homecoming parade, killing four spectators,
In 2011, women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and two others died in a plane crash in western Arkansas. And in 2001, 10 people died in a Colorado plane crash, including two men’s basketball players and six staff members.