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NCAA seeking dismissal of wrongful death suit at hearing

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 5, 2016 3:10 AM
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FILE PHOTO: NCAA President Mark Emmert. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

(Rockville, Md.) -- The NCAA is going to court seeking dismissal of a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the death of a Frostburg State University football player during practice in 2011. 

The hearing is scheduled today through Friday in Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville. 

The NCAA says it has no duty under Maryland law to prevent football injuries.

It says Derek Sheely knew the risks when he chose to play football, and that it neither increased those risks nor caused his death. 

Sheely's parents say he died from brain swelling caused by second-impact syndrome.

They say that's when one suffers a head injury before an earlier one has healed. 

His parents say the NCAA deliberately downplayed the risks associated with such injuries, and that their son did not fully understand them. 

Sheely transferred from Penn State to Division III Frostburg State to continue his football career.

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