In a Flash, A Kent State Football Player Passes Away Unexpectedly

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Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

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In this world of sports that we follow so closely, we always try to find a bright side. Whether you win or lose, there is always something good that you can take away from each moment. We may want to believe that, but after losing one of their own, the Kent State football team can only mourn with the feeling of pain and sadness.


This morning shortly before 9:00 AM, Kent State’s Junior Offensive Lineman, Jason Bitsko, was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at his off-campus apartment in Kent, Ohio due to undetermined medical issues. After not reporting to practice, his roommate called 911 after finding the 21 year-old lifeless in his bed.


After starting all 12 games on the Golden Flash offensive line last season, the Huber Heights-native was set to start at center as Kent State started the season on August 30th at home against the Ohio Bobcats.


Now, I am not going to sit here and tell you that I knew Jason or even follow the Kent State football team closely, because I don’t. I am not going to lie to you and say I have lost a teammate or close friend that way, because I haven’t. I have though lost some very close members of my family and remember how hard it is to take that. It even hurts to think about it right now, but that was my family and I have the right to mourn their passing, just as the Kent State community should feel as such.


I never played high school or college football, but I have found myself close to similar programs and after being around them, they are as close to a family as you can get. They workout, practice, play, eat and talk as one all year round. The brotherhood and camaraderie that these players find through hours of togetherness is that of a family, and any time you lose a member, it affects all of you.


On behalf of ‘Our Sports Report’, we send our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Kent State community and most importantly to the friends and family of Jason Bitsko. I may have not known Jason, but I know family. As much as it hurts now, they would be the first to tell you to remember the good times and most importantly for the football program, be sure to take down the Bobcats. Rest in peace Jason, you will be missed.