On Thursday afternoon, Florida State took on Vermont in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Before tipoff, the Seminoles announced starting forward Phil Cofer would not play in the game.
Cofer nursed a foot injury heading into the game and did not dress for the contest. After an early scare from Vermont, the Seminoles weathered the storm and walked out with a 76-69 win.
Following the game, Cofer and the Seminoles faithful received some bad news. According to Florida State insider Ira Schoffel, Cofer's father, who had reportedly been sick for a while, passed away.
Cofer was made aware of his father's passing after the game.
It's devastating news for Cofer and his family, just moments after one of the biggest wins of his career.
While he wasn't playing in the contest, Cofer contributed to Florida State's success for much of the year. The senior forward led the team in scoring during the 2017-18 season and was a major factor this year as well.
The Georgia native poured in 7.4 points and grabbed 3.5 rebounds per game for the Seminoles this season. Next up for the Seminoles is a date with the winner of the game between Murray State and Marquette.
Our thoughts are with the Cofer family.