Family of college football player who died of head injuries files lawsuit

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The family of Derek Sheely, a 22-year-old football player at Frostburg State University who died two years ago after sustaining successive head injuries on the practice field, has filed a lawsuit alleging that "reckless disregard for player health and safety led to [Sheely's] tragic death."

The 22-count lawsuit was filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court last week against two Frostburg football coaches — head coach Thomas Rogish and assistant coach Jamie Schumacher — and assistant athletic trainer Michael Sweitzer Jr., along with the National Collegiate Athletic Association and helmet maker Schutt Sports.

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