The coach said the first time he noticed Plancher was having any problems was when assistant athletic trainer Robert Jackson began treating Plancher after the conditioning workout was completed.
He said he did not consider what some former UCF players referred to as an obstacle course a true obstacle course. He said it was elongated agility drills. He said he envisioned obstacle courses would involve climbing and jumping over structures, which is not what the team did.
Yerrid asked O'Leary if it was correct that he ever played college football, and O'Leary responded that he played one year.
Taylor objected and called for a mistrial, arguing without revealing details in front of the jury that Yerrid violated pretrial orders. Before O'Leary began his testimony, Yerrid was instructed not to reference O'Leary resigning from Notre Dame for lying about his education and athletic background. Evans sustained Taylor's objection and denied the mistrial request, saying the question was not relevant but it was not a violation of the pretrial orders.
O'Leary was then asked about the team's physicians. The coach described the doctors as being paid members of the staff. When Yerrid asked O'Leary whether it would surprise him the UCF football team physicians were unpaid. O'Leary said it would surprise him, but it wasn't his area of expertise and it was handled by the medical training staff.
Yerrid asked O'Leary whether it was imperative Jackson knew Plancher had sickle cell trait during his final workout.
O'Leary responded, "I would say yes, he should." The coach added that the trainers respond to the problems any athletes may have as a medical emergency.
The coach said many times during the deposition he thought Jackson, the sole certified athletic trainer at Plancher's workout, knew Plancher had the trait. Yerrid asked O'Leary if he would find it unacceptable Jackson did not know Plancher had sickle cell trait.
"It would be something that I would want to question and exactly what took place on that field," O'Leary said. "I would expect all trainers to understand what the medical files read and what takes place."
After a brief break to review his notes and address Taylor's objections, Yerrid asked O'Leary if he knew what to look for when Plancher was related to sickle cell trait.
O'Leary said he knew what to watch for when a player with sickle cell trait was doing conditioning drills.He said there were 82 players on the field during Plancher's last workout on March 18, 2008. O'Leary said he consider the fieldhouse, a full size football field with extra space on the sidelines, a very large venue.
He said there were 16 coaches and graduate assistants observing the workout and he was under the impression three of them knew Plancher had sickle cell trait. O'Leary said he thought head strength and conditioning coach Ed Ellis and Jackson were aware of the condition.
When Yerrid asked if O'Leary if he read anyone else's testimony to develop an understanding of who was aware Plancher had the trait. O'Leary said he did not read anyone's testimony besides his own.
O'Leary said he was watching the whole team, but he relied on the other coaches to help him monitor all players.
Two former UCF players previously testified Plancher fell and was under distress during an 18-second sprint near the end of the workout.
O'Leary said Plancher wasn't 40 yards behind, he said Plancher was "five to seven yards behind right near the offensive line finishing."
Yerrid asked if that was unusual. O'Leary responded, "It wouldn't have been normal, but, again, I attributed it to the stumble. Cleat caught in the ground that I saw earlier."
Yerrid asked O'Leary whether the four volunteer football team physicians knew Plancher had sickle cell trait. O'Leary said he did not know if they were aware of it. He added that the "doctors aren't with the football team unless a trainer or the football coach was with them to let them know."