USF player dies after workout

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

TAMPA — South Florida running back Keeley Dorsey died Wednesday after collapsing during a team conditioning workout at the school's athletic facility.

The 19-year-old freshman died at University Community Hospital. He was given first aid before he was taken to the hospital, the school said in a statement.

"I hurt for Keeley. I hurt for Keeley's parents. I hurt for our team," coach Jim Leavitt said. "Keeley was a tremendous person. He was always upbeat and an inspiration to me and all of us. He had a great impact on our team, and he will be sorely missed."

Leavitt was in West Palm Beach on a recruiting trip and returned to campus to join his players.

"Our entire athletic family is deeply saddened by this tragic loss," athletic director Doug Woolard said, adding that Leavitt had spoken with Dorsey's father.

Dorsey, a graduate of Tallahassee Lincoln High School, rushed for 68 yards on 10 carries in 2006. He scored his only touchdown on a 52-yard run on the final play of the Bulls' 41-10 season-opening victory over McNeese State. It was South Florida's longest run of the season.

"The USF community is extremely shocked and saddened by the death of one of our student athletes on campus today," USF president Judy Genshaft said. "There is nothing more tragic than the loss of one of our students, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Keeley's family, friends and fellow athletes and students."


Former North Carolina State coach Chuck Amato is returning as part of Bobby Bowden's major overhaul of his staff.

Amato, who was fired by N.C. State in November, spent 18 seasons with Bowden through the program's peak years in the 1980s and '90s. The 60-year-old Amato succeeds Kevin Steele as executive head coach and linebackers coach. Steele left to become Alabama's defensive coordinator.

"Chuck will fill the last void we had in our staff and allow us not to miss a beat," Bowden said in a release from the school.

A former player at North Carolina State, Amato was fired a day after he completed his seventh season with the Wolfpack. He had a 49-37 record at N.C. State and led the team to five bowl games, but his squads were 25-31 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and never finished higher than fourth.

"I'm excited about being back on board at Florida State," said Amato, who is not expected to sign his contract with Florida State until next week. "I know everybody there and we are so familiar with everything so I'm just very excited about that."

Following a 7-6 season, Bowden replaced everyone on his offensive staff except for tight ends coach John Lilly, the team's recruiting coordinator.


Dallas Cowboys assistant coach David Lee has left Bill Parcells' staff to return to Arkansas as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Lee, who has been with the Cowboys since 2003, coached at Arkansas from 1984-88 under Ken Hatfield and in 2001-02 under Houston Nutt. In 1988, he left to coach Texas-El Paso and in 2002 he went to the Cowboys.

In other news, tight end Ben Cleveland has decided to stay, Nutt said.


Quarterback Colt Brennan withdrew from the NFL draft and will return to school for his senior season.

Brennan set an NCAA record with 58 touchdown passes this season, and led the nation in passing yards (5,549), passing efficiency (186) and completion percentage (72.6).

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