After being ordered to pay Ereck Plancher's family $10 million in a wrongful death suit, the University of Central Florida said they planned to appeal the judgment. Plancher's family attorney, Steven Yerrid, said he welcomes the appeal:
"Our goal was to make a difference so other parents don't have to suffer a horrific experience of burying a child," Yerrid said. "It speaks to bigger issue that winning is important, but the welfare of the athlete always has to come first. In most cases that is true in college athletics. But for those where it's not the case, it's a wake-up call."
The jury said there was no gross negligence and decided not to award punitive damages in connection to Plancher's death during preseason workouts more than three years ago. More than 20 college football have died during workouts since 2000. They did rule that UCF was negligent and failed to do everything possible to prevent Plancher's death. It ruled that both of Plancher's parents were owed $5 million.