On Thursday night Cincinnati confirmed the death of walk-on running back Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore. On his way to practice, Kennedy-Palmore was struck by a vehicle as he was driving his motorcycle. The accident claimed his life as a result, and Cincinnati for the second time in a year mourned the loss of a teammate. Cincinnati’s game this weekend at Ohio State will go on as planned, and the Buckeye community will be taking a moment to pay respects to the Cincinnati family.
Ohio State released a statement Thursday evening announcing there will be a moment of silence held before the start of the otherwise highly anticipated match-up of in-state programs. This will obviously be Cincinnati’s first game since Kennedy-Palmore was killed, so the game will be played with heavy hearts. This is clearly a class move by the Buckeyes, which is not to be a surprise given the track record of the program.
In 2011, in Ohio State’s first home game since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke at Penn State in early November, the Buckeyes hosted Penn State. It was Penn State’s first road game since the scandal broke as well. Prior to the game, the two teams had an arranged handshake as a show of support for their Big Ten brothers in a terrible time and a sign of unity in a fight against child abuse. This incident with Cincinnati is clearly a different scenario, but it is a gentle reminder that some things are more important than sports.
For the second time in a year the Cincinnati football program is mourning the loss of one of their own. Freshman running back Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore has been identified by police as the victim of a motorcycle accident. According to reports, Kennedy-Palmore was struck by another vehicle while riding his motorcycle.
Kennedy-Palmore walked on to the Bearcats team last year and had never seen a down on the field. There is not much more information to go on right now related to the accident, but reports say he was wearing a helmet and proper equipment when hit. The timing of it all is somewhat notable as well. It was just about a year ago to the day Cincinnati offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in a car accident. Two other Cincinnati players, wide receivers Mark Barr and Javon Harrison were injured in the wreck as well.
Cincinnati is preparing to play on the road at Ohio State this weekend. The tragic loss of a teammate will no doubt bring a somber tone to a game figuring to have significant in-state bragging rights on the line. The game also carries some important weight in Cincinnati’s Group of Five race to a New Years bowl game. All of that will take a back seat as the team deals with this loss. Knowing Ohio State’s history and reputation, the Buckeyes will go all out in showing support for Cincinnati’s loss when the two teams take the field on Saturday night.
UPDATE (6:25 p.m. ET): Cincinnati has released a formal statement regarding the death of Kennedy-Palmore. You can read the full release here, but here is a statement released by head coach Tommy Tuberveille;
“Our football program and University has suffered another great tragedy,” Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. “I’m a father first and a coach second and it’s always hard to put your thoughts into words during times like these. Chamoda was a talented non-scholarship player and a key member of our scout teams. He worked hard and earned his spot on the roster. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”