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Court of Appeals declines to re-hear Gavin Class case

Towson Tigers player Gavin Class participates in the school's senior day ceremony before a win over the Rhode Island Rams at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Nov. 21, 2015.
Towson Tigers player Gavin Class participates in the school's senior day ceremony before a win over the Rhode Island Rams at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Nov. 21, 2015. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to re-hear the case of Gavin Class, the former Towson football player who sought to return to the university's team after he nearly died of heatstroke suffered during a preseason practice in 2013.

The Fourth Circuit had earlier voted 2-1 to overturn a U.S. District Court judge's decision that Class should be allowed to play under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Class' lawyers then asked the full 15-judge court to re-hear the case, a move they deemed a long shot from the start. Class' only remaining legal option is an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, also a long shot. But the Towson senior has said he intends to press the case as long as he can, even though Towson's season is over and a return to the field would likely be impractical given his impending graduation.

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