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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Oklahoma officials respond to Box's death

By David Ubben

Three Oklahoma officials released statements on Thursday afternoon in response to the death of Sooners linebacker Austin Box:

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops:
"We're all shocked and heartbroken.  Austin was a great young man, a great young man to coach and a great teammate.  He played an integral part in our success the last three years and was looking forward to a big senior year.  As heart-wrenching as this is for us, we know it's even more difficult for his family.  More than anything, our thoughts and prayers are with them."
Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione:
"This is a devastating day for the OU family.  Austin was incredibly well-liked by his teammates, coaches and fellow students, and will be greatly missed by all of us.  We're providing all the appropriate resources necessary to help everyone in his family, and ours, cope during this extremely difficult time."
University of Oklahoma president David L. Boren:
"The University family is deeply saddened by the tragic death of student-athlete Austin Box. Our hearts go out to his family and friends."

The Oklahoma City medical examiner's office told me earlier this afternoon that the cause of death was unlikely to be known before Friday. We'll have more details as they become available.