Former Falcon Silk suing university


COLUMBUS -- A former Bowling Green State University football player has sued the university and several individuals for head injuries he said he received during practice that could have been prevented and were not treated properly.

Cody Silk, a Sterling Heights, Mich., native who was a member of the team in the fall of 2010, said in the suit, filed in the Ohio Court of Claims, he had short-term memory loss and other symptoms after sustaining "multiple concussions." He eventually dropped out of school and his scholarship was revoked.

The suit alleges that BGSU violated NCAA concussion and head trauma protocols. Named as defendant in the suit were the university, head football coach Dave Clawson, former team trainers Doug Boersma and Annette Davidson, and former equipment manager Joe Sharp.

Silk seeks in excess of $25,000 to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of future earnings, emotional distress and the value of his scholarship.

BGSU assistant athletic director for communications Jason Knavel said the university does not comment on on-going litigation.