Florida State’s Cofer learns of father’s death after NCAA tournament game

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Florida State says forward Phil Cofer received a phone call from his family after the game Thursday telling him his father had died.

Team spokesman Chuck Walsh says Mike Cofer, a former linebacker with the NFL’s Detroit Lions, had been suffering from a long illness.

Florida State beat 13th-seeded Vermont in a 76-69 victory Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional.

Cofer had missed the game with an injured right foot and was wearing a protective boot on the bench. The 6-foot-8 senior has averaged 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. He missed the Seminoles’ first nine games of the season with a right foot injury suffered during a preseason practice.

Hamilton said Cofer had some swelling in the foot after playing in the ACC Tournament.

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