MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia head coach Neal Brown paid tribute to late Roane County football player Alex Miller at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
“On behalf of our football program, I want to offer our condolences to the family of Alex Miller and his friends, teammates as well as everyone in Roane County,” Brown said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them. It’s a really sad event. I wanted to make sure everyone in Spencer and Roane County knew that we are thinking about them.”
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Miller, a senior football player at Roane County, died after collapsing on the field in-between the first and second quarters of his team’s game against Clay County on Friday night.
Brown joined many in West Virginia by wearing maroon-and-gray on Tuesday as part of a statewide “Maroon Out” to show support for the school. As Brown noted, those were his school colors at Troy, so it was easy for him to participate.
“It’s just a tough deal,” Brown said. “I read about it and have been following it, and obviously that’s why I broke out some old Troy shirts today to have maroon on. It’s a sad deal all the way around.”
Brown said he had attempted to reach out to Roane County coach Paul Burdette, but had not heard back as of Tuesday morning. Though he did not go into details, Brown indicated that the program “has some things planned out” to help Roane County through the grieving process.