USC assistant football coach Dave Nichol dies at 45

USC assistant football coach Dave Nichol died Friday, less than a week after it was announced he was leaving the team to focus on a medical issue. He was 45 years old.

“We are heartbroken and devastated,” head coach Lincoln Riley said in a statement. “Dave was a wonderful human being and a fantastic football manager. He loved the game and constantly invested his heart and soul in his teams. He will be greatly missed.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family. As a program, we look forward to playing and training him for him as we progress.

Nichol joined Riley’s first coaching staff at USC in December. He previously coached wide receivers at Mississippi State (2020-21) and Washington State (2016-19) after getting his first hit as an offensive coordinator in his fourth season at East Carolina ( 2012-15).

Nichol is survived by his father, Robert Nichol Sr., and his brothers Robert Nichol Jr. and Jimmy Nichol. No cause of death was announced by the school, but Nichol had cancer, according to multiple reports.

Nichol worked under head coach Mike Leach at Mississippi State and Washington State after getting his start as a student assistant under Leach at Texas Tech. Leach released a statement on Twitter saying that Nichol “passed away from a sudden battle with a number of health issues”.

“We are stunned by this, and Dave meant a lot to all of us,” Leach wrote. “As we all grieve this loss, our thoughts and prayers go out to Dave’s family, friends, players and coaches during this difficult time. Dave was part of our family and he was loved by all who saw him. knew.

“Always a smile on his face,” Dave had such a positive personality, attitude and energy. He made everyone around him a better person and impacted everyone he met with kindness, loyalty and friendship. He meant a lot to me and countless others, and I will always be grateful to have had him in my life for the past 22 years.

New York Post

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