Jason Bitsko was set to begin his fourth year on Kent State University’s football team and would have been the starting center for this coming season. Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment on August 20. Police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.
WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says a “win-one-for Jason” Hollywood response to his death won’t cut it. “His final tweet about using every second to count. I didn’t think about things like that when I was 21,” Pluto says. So as a coach, “I think what you say is, ‘Look, play like Jason, act like Jason. Not that you put him on a church window and turn him onto a saint. But say, ‘We want to be the type of player he would want us to be. We need someone to kind of be the leader Jason was.”
“And I think those are far more important lessons than, ‘We’ve got to beat Ohio U. by three touchdowns in Jason’s memory.”