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Morgan State football coach Lee Hull addresses player's death on conference call

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Morgan State football coach Lee Hull made a statement about the death of freshman player Marquese Meadow on Tuesday's weekly media conference call arranged by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

"This is a very difficult time for our football family," Hull said. "We are very heartbroken by the death of Marquese Meadow. We offer our deepest condolences to Marquese’s family in the wake of this tragedy. Marquese was a great young man and a member of this family and was highly respected and loved by his teammates and the coaching staff. He was an unselfish kid and had an incredible gift and a bright future, and he will be deeply missed.”

Hull declined to take questions about Meadow's death, which was ruled Monday to be a result of heat stroke

Meadow, an 18-year-old from Washington, D.C., died Sunday after being hospitalized for two weeks. School officials said he became disoriented after an Aug. 10 practice. A spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the death has been ruled accidental.

In a phone interview later Tuesday, senior quarterback Robert Council talked about the team's mindset as it continues to prepare for Saturday's season opener at Eastern Michigan.

"We lost one of our brothers, but we know that he’s with us in spirit, and we’re just going to go out there and play for him,” Council said.

Council declined to answer any questions about the circumstances of Meadow falling ill. 

MEAC commissioner Dennis E. Thomas also made a statement on Tuesday's conference call.

“On behalf of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and its member institutions, we would like to send out our deepest and heartfelt sympathies to the parents of Marquese Meadow, who was a freshman student-athlete at Morgan State," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are extended to his entire family, friends, teammates and the entire Morgan State family. We wish you comfort and God’s grace during this very difficult time."

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