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Post Tragedy strikes the UGA basketball program

Thursday July 20, 2006

Kevin Brophy
The AJC reports that junior point guard Kevin Brophy was killed Thursday in an auto accident near Greensboro, Ga. on Hwy. 15 while driving home to Savannah.

There’s just not much more to say. This is terrible and devastating news, and we offer our prayers to Kevin and those close to him.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better kid if he was my own,” said Mark Sussman, the athletics director at Memorial Day School in Savannah and the person with whom Brophy lived the last three years. “He came to this country to play basketball and get his education. His dream was to play at a big-time college and he was able to do that.”

Update: WSB radio in Atlanta reports that Brophy wasn’t wearing his seat belt. The most tragic thing about this story might be the fact that it might have been prevented. Brophy was driving a borrowed car (his girlfriend’s late-model BMW), probably wasn’t terribly familiar with the handling of the car, lost control in a storm, and wasn’t wearing his seat belt. Be careful out there folks!

Coaches Felton and Hermann had to identify the body. That must be one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do in their coaching careers.

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