Breaking News: cross-country cyclist and blogger killed in Florida was former USC Athletic Dept staffer

Former USC staff member Roger Grooters; photo from LSU's Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

An already heart-breaking story just hit closer to home.

Yesterday, I mentioned that a 66-year old cyclist was killed in Florida on Wednesday while on a cross-country bike ride to raise funds for Gulf oil spill victims; tragically, he had blogged about his ride just the night before he died.

Now it turns out that the victim, Roger Grooters, was the former Director of Student Athlete-Academic Services at USC before leaving to work at LSU.

I had mistakenly said he was living in Gulf Shores, Alabama at the time of his death; he was actually living in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and had visited his home and church the weekend before his death.

Funeral services will be held Monday in Gulf Breeze.

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2 Responses to Breaking News: cross-country cyclist and blogger killed in Florida was former USC Athletic Dept staffer

  1. Ado says:

    Its not safe to blog about those things anymore :(

  2. ms. helga says:

    I hope the Blue Angels will be able to make a flyover for the service. I am reminded of the first and last verses of “High Flight” .

    Oh- I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth.
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

    GODSPEED ROGER – YOU ARE NOW AN ANGEL

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