Jan. 25, 2010
New Orleans - Memorial and Funeral services for former Tulane student-athletes Sule Osagiede (Sue-lay Oh-sog-uh-day) have been set with a memorial service on the Tulane campus this Tuesday, followed by the funeral on Friday in Richmond, Texas.
The memorial service will be held at the McAlister Auditorium (located on McAlister Drive) on the Tulane campus on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. Parking for the event will be in the Diboll Parking Garage located on Ben Weiner Drive.
Funeral services will take place at the River Point Church in Richmond, Texas, at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 29. Tulane University has chartered busses for TU students and staff wishing to attend the funeral services. Busses will depart the Rosen Lot on Thursday at 11 p.m. and return to campus following the service.
Osagiede, 20, died on Thursday, Jan. 21 as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in Beaumont, Texas. He was a one-year letterwinner on the Green Wave football team. The 6-0, 200-pound linebacker played in nine games as a true freshman during the 2008 season and registered seven tackles.
"We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic news about Sule and we offer our condolences to his family, friends, classmates and teammates," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "Sule was a bright young man with an infectious smile. He will be greatly missed."
"The death of Sule Osagiede is a tragedy and as a parent I cannot imagine the grief and heartache being experienced by his family," Tulane President Scott Cowen said. "My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with them.
"I know his teammates, coaches and friends are as devastated by the news as I am. We will make sure that we provide them with the resources to help them cope with this terribly sad situation."
A native of Houston, Texas who wore number 43, Osagiede was a one-year letterwinner on the Green Wave football team. The 6-0, 200-pound linebacker played in nine games as a true freshman during the 2008 season and registered seven tackles.
"It's a sad for the Tulane community and for the Osagiede family," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "He was a vibrant and personable young man and our condolences go out to his family. We will remember him for a long, long time."
As a prep player, he was a four-year letterman at Houston's (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High School where he saw time at linebacker and fullback for coach Lydell Wilson. Osagiede led the Mustangs to a combined 37-4 record in his final three prep seasons, including three straight District 24-4A titles, and area championship as a sophomore, a regional title as a junior and the state championship as a senior.
Osagiede earned first-team all-district honors at linebacker as a sophomore, junior and senior, and claimed District Defensive MVP and second-team all-state honors as a senior. He earned honorable-mention all-state recognition as a junior and also lettered in track and field.
Born Sule V. Osagiede Ogbewekon on July 3, 1989 in Baton Rouge, La., he was one of five children of Wisdom and Jennifer Osagiede. He was undeclared on a major.
McAlister Auditorium on the Tulane campus
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Rive Point Church
5000 Ransom Road
Richmond, Texas 77469
Friday, Jan. 29 9 a.m.