Dave Nichol, who was hired successful December arsenic USC's wrong receivers coach/associate caput manager for offense, died Friday successful McKinney, Texas, USC announced. He was 45 years old.
Nichol had been distant from the squad for an unspecified play of time, but it was lone connected Monday that the programme made it nationalist that helium was dealing with a backstage aesculapian matter.
TrojanSports.com has learned that Nichol was battling cancer.
“We are heartbroken and devastated,” USC shot caput manager Lincoln Riley successful a statement. “Dave was specified a tremendous quality being and a fantastic shot coach. He perfectly loved the crippled and perpetually poured his bosom and psyche into his teams. He volition beryllium dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. We, arsenic a program, look guardant to playing and coaching for him arsenic we determination forward.”
Nichol is survived by his father, Robert Nichol Sr., and brothers Robert Nichol Jr. and household and Jimmy Nichol and family. Information regarding a memorial work for Nichol is pending.
Nichol and Riley worked unneurotic for 3 years astatine East Carolina, and besides crossed paths astatine Texas Tech aboriginal successful their careers.
Riley tweeted out, “My bosom is broken. I met Dave Nichol successful 2002. He gave maine my changeable to beryllium a assemblage subordinate and coach. Taught maine everything. Safe to accidental I wouldn’t beryllium present without Dave.”
Riley’s tweet included an undated photograph of Nichol with the USC staff, and tributes poured retired passim the day and evening from chap coaches and Nichol's erstwhile schools.
Nichol came to USC aft serving arsenic the wrong receivers manager astatine Mississippi State the past 2 seasons aft 4 years astatine Washington State.
Before that, Nichol was astatine East Carolina for 4 years from 2012-15, serving arsenic the extracurricular receivers manager for 3 seasons nether Riley, who was the violative coordinator determination astatine the time. Nichol past took implicit arsenic violative c...