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Very sad to hear about Digg's passing, great poster with solid info and was never afraid to give his honest opinion. Prayers sent to his family, friends, and players who lost their coach.
This is very sad to hear !! Thoughts and prays go out to his family !
sad sad news... Besides his posts, I would chat with him once a year at the bash, and was a wonderful person to talk too. Such a horrible loss.
RIP Diggs. We're sure going to miss you buddy. Prayers to the family.
Prayers to the family during the most difficult of times. RIP Diggs.
Nowhere in my contract does it say I gotta make a fool out of myself, am I right?
Prayers for Diggs who has gone to a better place and for his family in this time of sadness.
Terrible. RIP Diggs...
Just some thoughts on Diggs for those who never had the chance to meet him.
From working in the recruiting business, I got to know Diggs very well. He would drive kids to camp when their parents couldn't afford it. And truth be told, there were times where Diggs - a guy working two jobs, one at a warehouse in the graveyard shift, and taking care of his grandmother - couldn't either.
He would do anything to help someone else out. He called me constantly with news from the prep scene, unlike any other high school coach I've known. And it was because he cared about the kids, and nothing else.
This news hits me hard. I expected to meet up with Diggs this weekend for LSU camp, as I spoke with him just a couple of days ago.
He loved the recruiting game, but as a guy who played on the line at Southeastern, he favored the kids who didn't have all the media attention, because he figured if he could get a kid on scholarship at ANY school - regardless of level - then he was doing his job. And he was right.
RIP Diggs. You will be missed by everyone you came in contact with during your time here.
"I guess you've just gotta find something you love to do and then... do it for the rest of your life." - Max Fisher
RIP Diggs! You will be missed. Prayers sent out for you and your family.
Had some interaction with him on the boards but never had the pleasure of meeting him. The things you bring up about him are truly sad because it sure sounds like he went above and beyond what the typical coach did for his players, so his loss means that many kids will not get that extra help that he unselfishly gave.
I'm glad you brought this up Shea because I knew that he helped some of his players but I had no idea that he went as far as he did to help so many. RIP.
Whenever Diggs would hear that I was on the road down in Louisiana, I'd inevitably get a "Why didn't you hit me up?" call. He'd then proceed to tell me several schools I needed to hit depending on what area I was in. And it was always a helpful call.
His last contributions to 247Sports:
Diggs called me a few weeks ago and said, "mark it down, Frank Herron to LSU" - the dude had sources.
Also, some might have noticed that Tredavious White made a decent rise in the rankings recently. Some feedback from Diggs played a big role in that rise. Since he told me about White, we've heard from multiple other sources that White may be the top prospect in the state and he'll likely continue to rise. - THe dude was ahead of the curve.
More than anything he was truly a great guy that was totally selfless. A lot of guys that drive these kids around to camps and try to coach these 7on7 teams say that they're "all about the kids" when they really aren't. Diggs truly was "all about the kids".
Barton Simmons | 247Sports | National Recruiting Analyst | Twitter: @bartonsimmons
Very sad news. I hope someone from his family lets him know that even tons of strangers who never met him will miss him. I think that says a lot about the quality of man he was.
I am brokenharted this morning upon hearing this devastating news...
Like a lot of you, I never met Diggs but I PMed him occasionally and he would always take the time to answer me back. Lately, we discussed QB Shane McCarley and if he would sign him and we also discussed Mickey Johnson and Quentin Thomas.
Some times I approach a professional in their field and pester them with simple questions that they think are elementary. Even though Diggs was the consummate professional he never made anyone of us feel dumb or beneath him for asking a question and he always came back with an answer.
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. Ps 23:6
"Diggs (Karick) will dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come"
Would someone please get the arraingements and pass them on to us? I would like to send a card to someone and maybe sign the guestbook on-line.
RIP Diggs. Prayers sent for the family.
Yes I have been texting with someone close to the family. By Monday we should know when the arrangements are.
Shea, if you could get that info, I'd appreciate it. Can't let Diggs passing go without letting his family know our love for him.
Shea, do you know the cause of death?
He battled - and beat - cancer as a kid.
This Thursday he went into the doctor at night because he was having abdomen pain.
They found out his white blood cell counts were through the roof, and organs soon starting shutting down. By Friday night, he had passed.
I remain very saddened by the news. It's hit me hard this weekend.
Me too Shea. I'm having a hard time understanding how a 28 year old dies in a hospital today. Diggs was a great person and a great friend.
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