Grambling coach to resign after player's death

September 28, 2009

Grambling State men's basketball coach Rick Duckett will resign after one of his players died after reportedly suffering a heat-related illness during an offseason conditioning run on Aug. 14.

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The school announced the 52-year-old Duckett was placed on administrative leave through Oct. 31 — when his contract ends.

The news was reported by the Monroe News Star and the Ruston Daily Leader in Louisiana.

Henry White, a 21-year-old junior college transfer from Milwaukee, died on Aug. 26 after spending 10 days in the hospital.

Duckett had surgery the day White collapsed and according to a source close to the situation, was not in attendance for a 30-minute run that was administered by an assistant coach to those players who showed up late.

Duckett, who was previously an assistant under Dave Odom at South Carolina, was hired a little more than a year ago. Grambling State finished 6-23 this past season and 4-14 in the SWAC.