You may or may not be aware, but there was another tragedy that struck college football last weekend. Cincinnati offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in a single-car accident late Saturday night. Flick, 19, was in the car with teammates Mark Barr and Javon Harrison (along with an unidentified driver), who were injured but survived.
Western Michigan has elected to honor the Cincinnati program by wearing the Bearcats’ logo on their helmets. You may think the Broncos are following in Nebraska’s footsteps here, after the Cornhuskers wore UCLA wide receivers Nick Pasquale’s No. 36 on their helmets earlier this month, but they’re actually taking one step beyond that.
Western Michigan hosts Kent State on Saturday, and Cincinnati is off. The teams don’t play this season, and have only played three times in their history according to CollegeFootballTalk.com. None of Flick, Barr or Harrison hail from Michigan, either.
“Simply, it’s the right thing to do,” Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck said. “Losing a child is a haunting and unthinkable aspect of life. The Row the Boat belief we have in this program is a lifestyle and a way of life to help others through adversity. We want Coach Tuberville, the families involved and all of Bearcat Nation to know we are rowing for them.”
— Whit Babcock (@WhitBabcock) September 26, 2013