Gopher Football Player found Dead 07 Apr 12

Former Gophers Linebacker Found Dead In Dorm Room
(Minneapolis, MN) — Former Golden Gopher football player Gary Tinsley was found dead in his dorm room yesterday morning. Police says there is no sign of foul play but cause of death has not been determined. The 22-year-old linebacker finished his eligibility this past fall and was completing this spring semester and on track to earn a business degree next month. At an afternoon news conference, U of M athletic director Joel Maturi choked back tears, saying it’s tough to see any person die so young. Gopher coach Jerry Kill called it a “very sad day for our program.” Quarterback MarQueis (mar-QWEES) Gray says he was texting Tinsley just last night, and now “he’s gone.” Tinsley was from Jacksonville, Florida and was hoping to try out for an NFL team this spring.

Practice Canceled
(Minneapolis, MN) — The University of Minnesota football team was supposed to have a morning scrimmage today at TCF Bank Stadium. But, with the news of the death of former player Gary Tinsley, who still lived on campus and had been attending some of this spring’s workouts, the team has canceled today’s practice session. Players are trying to cope with the death of a respected former teammate. Current Gopher linebacker Keenan Cooper was a roommate of Tinsley and was the person who found Tinsley unresponsive on Friday morning. The Golden Gophers will resume spring football activities early next week.