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Troy coach sends conference title ring to family of deceased player

Troy head coach Neal Brown calls out from the sideline in the first half of the New Orleans Bowl NCAA college football game against North Texas in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Nathan Harris’ family has a Sun Belt Conference title ring.

Harris’ college coach Ben Blackmon said via Instagram that Troy coach Neal Brown had sent Harris’ family a ring along with a note. Harris, who died in 2016, was set to be a senior at Troy in 2018.


Harris was killed in a motorcycle crash in 2016 at the age of 19 when he collided with a truck in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Harris walked on to the team in 2016 and played quarterback at Gulf Shores High School.

Troy finished the 2017 Sun Belt season with a 7-1 record and tied Appalachian State for first place in the conference. The Sun Belt didn’t have a title game a year ago and the two schools didn’t play each other so they were declared co-champions.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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