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OSU releases statement on disappearance of Kosta Karageorge

As Ohio State prepares to take on bitter rival Michigan, there is a story happening off the field that is much more important than anything that will or won’t happen on Saturday. OSU senior Kosta Karageorge has gone missing, having not been seen since Wednesday, missing practice that day and on Thursday.

No one ha been able to located him to this point, and on Friday he was officially reported missing by his family. OSU head coach Urban Meyer released a statement about the disappearance on Friday afternoon.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Kosta Karageorge and we pray that he is safe and that he is found soon. He is a young man who joined the football team in August and was a hard worker on the field and pleasant off the field. He has been an important player in practice for us, right up until the time he was reported missing. If anyone knows anything about his whereabouts, please help his family and contact the authorities.”

His disappearance appears suspicious according to the Columbus Dispatch’s talk with Kosta’s sister.

“We’re very concerned that he’s not himself and that he maybe doesn’t know what’s going on,” Kosta’s sister Sophia said.

“Every time he’s had a concussion, he’s been evaluated and listened to his trainers. He’s been properly taken care of by OSU the entire time he’s been an athlete for them.

“But … his repercussions from them have been long-term or delayed later after the fact.”

Some are also thinking this could be the result of some lingering head injury issues. To that end, the medical staff released a statement of their own.

“First and foremost, our primary concern is for the health, safety and welfare of Kosta,” said team physician Dr. Jim Borchers. “While we are not able to discuss or comment about the medical care regarding our student-athletes, we are confident in our medical procedures and policies to return athletes to participation following injury or illness.”

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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