Your Good News Fix Of The Morning: Lee Roy Selmon Showing Signs Of Improvement After Stroke (UPDATE)
UPDATE: We'll let the original post stand below, but given today's news that Selmon died, we felt we should update here, since of course the news regarding Selmon is no longer good. What is good, of course, is the accomplished life he led, and the kind of person he was, according to everyone who knew him. We didn't know him, but from what we've heard, those who did were lucky. Lee Roy Selmon, dead at the too-young age of 56. RIP.
Yesterday, South Florida beat Notre Dame 23-20. Maybe Notre Dame's just overrated again, maybe fortunes will change as the season goes along, but there's no question the win was a big one for USF's program. Still, the morning after, the victory wasn't the best piece of news for South Florida athletics: rather, that was that Lee Roy Selmon, who served as the school's athletic director from 2001 to 2004 and suffered a stroke recently, is showing signs of improvement, according to his brother Dewey.
As of the latest update, Lee Roy Selmon's condition is still critical, but his brother had this to say to the Tampa Tribune:
"He's stable and we all have great hope. He's a fighter. Keep the prayers going.''
Additionally, Dewey Selmon said his brother was showing some responsiveness. When news of the stroke got out, tributes flooded in - some gave him credit for South Florida being in a position to go to Notre Dame and win. The Bulls themselves, for their part, wore Selmon's number 63 on their helmets for the Notre Dame game. (Selmon was a college football legend at Oklahoma, but played in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was the best player of the franchise's early years.)
Others just focused on what a beloved person Selmon is. The St. Petersburg Times' Gary Shelton called him "Tampa Bay's best citizen." As devastating as it was for so many to hear the news of Selmon's condition, there's something uplifting about seeing someone so universally well-liked that no one can come up with anything but good things to say about them, and the absolute best wishes for them. It's why Dewey Selmon's latest update about his brother was so nice to hear - according to everyone who's ever known him, it's best to have someone like Lee Roy Selmon around as long as possible.
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