Saturday, May 12, 2012

UCF Files Appeal In Plancher Case

Surprising no one, the Central Florida Athletic Association has filed an appeal in the ruling of the wrongful death of football player Ereck Plancher.

The university feels that one of three aspects of the ruling can be used in either overturning the ruling, ordering a new trial, or minimizing the financial settlement ordered by the court.

UCF is saying a waiver Plancher signed should have blown out any school liability, the judge in the case mismanaged the trial, and since the university views itself as a state agency the $10-million judgment is more than the $200,000 limit for liability.

From Iliana Limon's piece in the Orlando Sentinel...

The Plancher family attorneys are scheduled to file their response to the appeal later this month. UCFAA has requested the right to present its case in person via oral arguments. The two sides would likely appear at the Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach late in the summer or early in the fall.

The Plancher family filed their wrongful death suit in 2009 claiming that sickle cell trait and the coaching staff's neglect in treatment at the time of Ereck Plancher's collapse on the practice field.

UCF's insurance company claim it was an undiagnosed heart condition.

And so we move on...

The HQ isn't surprised that UCF is bogging this down in the courts. IUt's their only recourse to save their own ass in a case that was mismanaged from the beginning...

Here's head coach George O'Leary's testimony from the trial as part of our flashback...
((HT: MyFoxOrlando))

UCF coach testifies in wrongful death suit:

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