Md. family sues over Frostburg St. football death

The parents of a Frostburg State University football player who died after a second concussion accuse coaches at the Maryland school of conducting dangerous drills that caused repeated blows to the head.

A wrongful-death lawsuit says that 22-year-old Derek Sheely, of Germantown, Md., returned to play despite bleeding from the forehead during the 2011 training camp.

The lawsuit, filed last week in state court, also names the NCAA and head coach Thomas Rogish as defendants.

Spokeswomen for the school and the NCAA say they have no immediate comment.

The lawsuit says that Sheely died after full-speed drills that were “gladiatorial thrills” for the coaches. It says players were marginalized if they complained of injuries.

Separate lawsuits over football-related concussions have been filed against both the NCAA and the NFL. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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