Breaking News: cross-country cyclist and blogger killed in Florida was former USC Athletic Dept staffer

Former USC staff member Roger Grooters; photo from LSU's Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes

An already heart-breaking story just hit closer to home.

Yesterday, I mentioned that a 66-year old cyclist was killed in Florida on Wednesday while on a cross-country bike ride to raise funds for Gulf oil spill victims; tragically, he had blogged about his ride just the night before he died.

Now it turns out that the victim, Roger Grooters, was the former Director of Student Athlete-Academic Services at USC before leaving to work at LSU.

I had mistakenly said he was living in Gulf Shores, Alabama at the time of his death; he was actually living in Gulf Breeze, Florida, and had visited his home and church the weekend before his death.

Funeral services will be held Monday in Gulf Breeze.


  1. Ado says:

    Its not safe to blog about those things anymore 🙁

  2. ms. helga says:

    I hope the Blue Angels will be able to make a flyover for the service. I am reminded of the first and last verses of “High Flight” .

    Oh- I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth.
    Put out my hand and touched the face of God.


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