FSU Player Phil Cofer Learns of His Father’s Death in the Locker Room After Team’s NCAA Tournament Win

Florida State forward Phil Cofer got tragic news following the Seminoles’ 76-69 victory over Vermont in the NCAA tournament here Thursday.

Cofer learned while in the locker room that his father, Michael Cofer, 58, had died following a long battle with an illness.

Michael Cofer was a former NFL linebacker for the Detroit Lions from 1983-1993. He played college football at Tennessee.

No decision has been made if Phil Cofer will leave the team to be with his family during this difficult time, or if he will stay with the team as the Seminoles make their way through the NCAA tournament, according to an FSU representative.

Cofer did not play against the Catamounts due to a foot injury. He has missed 13 games this season due to various lower-leg injuries.

FSU will play Murray State on Saturday.

He averages 26.1 minutes and 7.4 points per game this season. He led the Seminoles in scoring (12.8 points) during the 2017-18 season.

SOURCE: Tallahassee Democrat, Wayne McGahee III