football-fbs flag

Tom Withers | The Associated Press | August 20, 2014

Kent State player dies

Jason Bitsko Bitsko died unexpectedly Wednesday at 21 years old

CLEVELAND -- Kent State football player Jason Bitsko, who was slated to start at center for the Golden Flashes this season, died Wednesday.

Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue, the school said. The school said in a release the 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment shortly before 9 a.m.

When Bitsko failed to show up at practice, calls were placed to Bitsko's roommate, who called 911 after finding Bitsko in his bed. Brimfield Police arrived on the scene within three minutes of the call.

Bitsko was in his fourth year with the Golden Flashes. He started all 12 games in 2013, and received an award during this year's spring game for "exemplifying hard work and dedication."

"Kent State University and the entire Kent community mourns his passing," said Joel Nielsen, the school's athletic director. "We are heartbroken by the news of Jason's death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates and everyone whose lives he touched."

Bitsko played at Huber Heights High School, the alma mater of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.

Bitsko's teammates were informed of Bitsko's death at the end of the morning practice.

"Our players, coaches and everyone involved with our team are hurting because he was family," coach Paul Haynes said. "As a team, we will come together and get through this one day at a time."

The school said it is providing counseling services and support to student-athletes and athletic staff members to cope with the tragedy.

5 teams and golfers to watch for the 2019 DI women's golf championship

Here is a preview for the 2019 NCAA DI women's golf championships. The 2019 national championships are May 17-22 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
READ MORE

Football student-athlete connection group to hold first conference call

With the goal of receiving more feedback from student-athletes, the Division I Football Oversight Committee Student-Athlete Connection Group was formed and will hold its first teleconference call on Sunday.
READ MORE

College wrestling: MAC announces seven new affiliates for the 2019 season, becomes the 2nd largest conference in DI with 15 members

The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced today a historic membership expansion in the sport of wrestling as the MAC has added seven new affiliate members – Bloomsburg, Clarion, Edinboro, Lock Haven, Rider, George Mason and Cleveland State – to begin competing in the MAC with the 2019-20 wrestling season. 
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners