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Northwestern State Cancels Rest of Season After Death of Player | Head Coach Resigns

Police arrest NSU Demons football player in connection with his teammate's murder
Northwestern State Cancels Rest of Season After Death of Player | Head Coach Resigns

Northwestern State has decided to cancel the rest of its football season after the death of one of its players Ronnie Caldwell.

The NSU Demons are in the Southland Conference and have decided to shut it down for the year after Caldwell was shot and killed by his roommate. His teammate was also arrested in connection to the murder of the safety.

Northwestern announced the development Thursday in a press release which also announced the resignation of head coach Brad Laird.

“Due to the loss of Ronnie and the emotional burden it has caused me, I don’t feel I can give my all to these players or this program,” Laird said in the statement. “Any coach will tell you that their players become like family, so the loss of Ronnie was like losing a son. I love this program and this university and I know it will persevere and move forward with the competitive spirit that is at the core of our DNA.”

Ronnie, 21, was shot and killed on October 12th. The school canceled its game with Nicholls State and returned last week to SE Louisiana, but decided it was best to shut it down for the year.

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