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Prescription drugs cited in LB's death

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma linebacker Austin Box had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died, according to a preliminary toxicology report released Tuesday by the state medical examiner's office.

The death of Box, 22, two months ago was ruled accidental. The agency said the combination of drugs likely caused pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs, and aspiration pneumonia, a lung inflammation.

"There is no greater pain than the loss of a child," his parents, Craig and Gail Box, said in a statement. "The pain is intensified by knowing that the death of your child could have been prevented."

A friend found Box unresponsive in the friend's home and called authorities May 19.

LEACH BOOK: Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach offered fresh details on what he says happened behind the scenes around the time he was fired. In his book, Swing Your Sword, Leach said e-mails "suggest" there was never a university investigation into allegations he mistreated a player, Adam James, with a concussion but rather "an effort to sell me down the river."

PSU SUIT DISMISSED: A federal judge dismissed former Penn State running back Austin Scott's civil lawsuit against the university, police and a female acquaintance over a rape charge against him that was later dropped. No evidence supported Scott's accusation that the woman, the school, police and prosecutors conspired against him, U.S. District Judge William Caldwell in Harrisburg said.

WEST VIRGINIA: Linebacker Branko Busick was dismissed from the team less than 24 hours after he was charged with an armed robbery at a Morgantown apartment building.

Prescription drugs cited in LB's death 07/12/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:49pm]
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