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Leavitt, Bulls mourn another tragic loss



USF's football family is coping with the tragic news that former Bulls safety Javan Camon died after a tackle in a professional indoor football game in Daytona Beach on Monday night.

"My heart aches for Javan and his family," USF head coach Jim Leavitt said in a statement released by the school. "I thought an awful lot of Javan. He had a great spirit and a great energy, and he was always fun to be around. Javan did a great job for us at South Florida both as a player and as a leader. The fact that he was elected as a team captain shows how much his teammates respected him. He will be missed tremendously by everyone who has ever known him."

Leavitt's sentiments were echoed by former Bulls defensive back John Miller, who played with Camon for three years at USF and sent an e-mail to the Times on Tuesday morning.

"His presence, big smile, kind heart and passion for life," Miller wrote of his teammate and friend. "No matter what was going on with Javan, you could always count on the fact that he would have that big smile on his face."

The Daytona Beach Thunder, the team Camon was playing for, called an 11 a.m. news conference Tuesday to discuss Monday's tragedy.

And while I'm not trying to tell anyone how to do their job, if you're writing a story for a team's official site about a game in which one of your players dies, it's absolutely callous not to mention that it happened. Check out this story, posted six hours after Camon's death, and the writer actually has the gall to end the story with "Javon Camon grabbed two interceptions that set up Thunder touchdowns."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:20am]


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