After a day of brutal testimony by former player Anthony Davis, Central Florida Knights coach George O'Leary took the stand in the wrongful death trial springing from the death of UCF player Ereck Plancher. O'Leary denied Davis' testimony that coaches deprived the dying Plancher of water and access to trainers and said he didn't even know anyone was in serious health trouble until after the fateful practice.
O'Leary also testified that he knew of Plancher's sickle cell trait, a crucial piece of information, as Plancher's family is contending that athletic training staff did not know about the player's condition. The coach said he didn't think the workout was especially "taxing."
UCF trainer Mary Vander Heiden expressed surprise that assistant trainer Robbie Jackson, who was the member of the training staff most closely monitoring Plancher's final workout, has said he didn't know Plancher had sickle cell.