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Hearing set in college football wrongful-death suit

Written by The Associated Press | May 20, 2016 5:26 AM
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FILE PHOTO: NCAA President Mark Emmert. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

(Rockville, Md.) -- A Maryland judge is considering requests to limit the evidence a jury would hear in a wrongful death lawsuit involving a Frostburg State University football player who suffered a fatal head injury during practice in 2011.

Online court records show that the NCAA, Illinois-based helmet maker Kranos Corp. and members of Frostburg State University's athletic department have filed dozens of such motions ahead of the hearing Friday in Rockville.

The trial is set for June 20.

Fullback Derek Sheely's parents filed the lawsuit.

They contend the defendants downplayed the risks associated with repeated head injuries before an earlier one has healed.

The NCAA and the other defendants have denied the family's assertions that their negligence caused Sheely's death.

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

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