August 19, 2013
Mark Stoops is looking for ways to honor DeAntre Turman, a high school football player the Wildcats were recruiting who died after a broken neck sustained in practice last week.
"Just like everybody else, just very sad to hear that news," Stoops said. "That's tragic, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, with his dad. We're asking for some options on things that we're allowed to do, whether we could just send -- you know, we're not normally allowed to mail an offer letter to somebody that age. We'd like to do that. Maybe the father would like to have that as a memento. I think we were the first one to offer him, so we're looking into some of those things that we're allowed to do. We're asking for a waiver (from the NCAA) in that situation where we could just send it and send some flowers and just let him know we're thinking about him."
Stoops said he hadn't developed much of a personal relationship with the Class of 2015 prospect, as assistant coach Derrick Ansley had handled most of the communication.
"He came into our first camp," Stoops said. "I did not know him very well. ... Met him briefly and we offered him, and we were just getting started to recruit him for the next couple years."