The Florida State Seminoles are certainly dancing in the Sweet 16 portion of the NCAA Tournament, but that might not be the biggest situation involving the team. Unfortunately, Mike Cofer, FSU talent Phil Cofer’s father, recently passed away. Phil has since joined his family, leaving the Seminoles while he mourns the loss of his father.
“He just wished us luck, told us he will be watching, just talking about the game and what our game plan was,” Terance Mann said.
There’s really no silver lining in this cloud from a non-basketball standpoint.
Leonard Hamilton has explained how the team is trying to do everything it can do help each other during this time, as the loss of Mike Cofer has hit those in Phil’s extended basketball family hard. Hamilton credits a sports physiologist for helping.
“Kids talked about and shared their experiences, and I think it did a lot to bring us somewhat back into the right focus,” Hamilton said. “You never really know when you’re dealing with those types of things how it manifests itself in different responses. Grief appears, raises its ugly head sometimes in different forms. I hope we have addressed it properly.”
It has been a bittersweet week for the Florida State Seminoles, but their focus is now forced to be on winning and advancing.
“It’s been very challenging, but our guys are focused, and we’re hopeful that how we represent ourselves will be a reflection of the respect we have for Mike Cofer and the Cofer family,” Hamilton said. “I think for the most part our guys have grown and we have turned our attention to the game preparation as it relates to Gonzaga.”
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