USC assistant football coach Dave Nichol dies at 45

Dave Nichol, who was hired this past December to be Lincoln Riley’s inside receivers coach at USC, passed away on Friday. He was just 45 years old.

Nichol stepped away from the team indefinitely earlier this week due to what was described as a “private medical matter.” The announcement about Nichol stepping away came one day before USC kicked off spring practice on Tuesday.

“We are heartbroken and devastated. Dave was such a tremendous human being and a fantastic football coach. He absolutely loved the game and constantly poured his heart and soul into his teams. He will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. We, as a program, look forward to playing and coaching for him as we move forward,” Riley said in a statement released by the school.

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