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For Immediate Release
January 21, 2010
Contact: Roger Dunaway
Phone: (504) 862-8240

 

Tulane Mourns the Passing of Football Student-Athlete Sule Osagiede
The sophomore linebacker was a one-year letterwinner for the Green Wave


New Orleans – Tulane University football student-athlete Sule Osagiede (Sue-lay Oh-sog-uh-day) died this morning in Beaumont, Texas, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.  Funeral and memorial services will be announced at a later date. 

 

“We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic news about Sule and we offer our condolences to his family, friends, classmates and teammates,” Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said.  “Sule was a bright young man with an infectious smile.  He will be greatly missed.”

 

“The death of Sule Osagiede is a tragedy and as a parent I cannot imagine the grief and heartache being experienced by his family,” Tulane President Scott Cowen said.  “My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with them.
 
“I know his teammates, coaches and friends are as devastated by the news as I am.  We will make sure that we provide them with the resources to help them cope with this terribly sad situation.”

 

A native of Houston, Texas who wore number 43, Osagiede was a one-year letterwinner on the Green Wave football team.  The 6-0, 200-pound linebacker played in nine games as a true freshman during the 2008 season and registered seven tackles.

 

As a sophomore, Osagiede missed the 2009 campaign after he was medically disqualified due to a neck injury sustained during preseason camp last August.

 

“It’s a sad for the Tulane community and for the Osagiede family,” Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said.  “He was a vibrant and personable young man and our condolences go out to his family.  We will remember him for a long, long time.”

 

As a prep player, he was a four-year letterman at Houston’s (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High School where he saw time at linebacker and fullback for coach Lydell Wilson.  Osagiede led the Mustangs to a combined 37-4 record in his final three prep seasons, including three straight District 24-4A titles, and area championship as a sophomore, a regional title as a junior and the state championship as a senior. 

 

Osagiede earned first-team all-district honors at linebacker as a sophomore, junior and senior, and claimed District Defensive MVP and second-team all-state honors as a senior.  He earned honorable-mention all-state recognition as a junior and also lettered in track and field.

 

Born Sule V. Osagiede Ogbewekon on July 3, 1989 in Baton Rouge, La., he was one of five children of Wisdom and Jennifer Osagiede.  He was undeclared on a major.

Tulane football players will not be made available for comment today.

-TulaneGreenWave.com-

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Houston Chronicle Newspaper

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Tulane Hulabaloo Release

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Link to Press Release from Times-Pic:

http://www.nola.com/tulane/index.ssf/2010/01/tulane_linebacker_sule_osagied.html

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Link to Press Release from NewOrleans.com

http://www.neworleans.com/sports/tulane/313315-tulane-mourns-the-passing-of-football-student-athletesagiede.html

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Link to Press Release from ESPN:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4846909

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