Thomas and his mother spoke frequently, but one phone conversation in April 2011 sticks out. At the time, Thomas thought it was just another talk. But what his mother said ultimately changed his life forever.
"She was like, 'If anything ever happens to me, I just want you to know you're my chosen one. I want you to promise me that you are going to try your hardest and your best to make it,'" Thomas said. "I told my mom I'm going to make it and take care of my whole family."
One day later, on April 18, Thomas received a voicemail from his younger brother. His mother was dead. She went to bed early to prepare for a trip to Chicago to visit her ailing grandmother, but she never woke up. She died from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the myocardium becomes too thick, making it harder for the heart to pump blood. She had unknowingly battled the condition for years; it has few symptoms and often goes undiagnosed...
Update: Curtis just tweeted at Scout.com's Mike McAllister saying that someone was on his Twitter, so this may have just been a prank. Oh, you college kids...
"@Skool_Not4Me: Never thought the days of me being an athlete would be over so soon"
That's from Syracuse OL Kristofer Curtis. Apparently he has a bad back, but it's unclear if this is the end of the line for him as a member of the SU football team. Either way, it doesn't sound good...
Just left Jefferson Hospital, all good news again. No tumor, no cancer. Never gets any less nerve wracking though. Very thankful."
"I’m looking to see what Charley does right off the bat," Marrone said. "Charley had a good spring. I don’t have any problem with putting Charley Loeb in. I don’t think I’ve ever said that before, but after this spring I have no problem with Charley playing."
"Every team will get a chance to put their hands in the ground against us...And when it comes, they’ll know it."
The Olympics have begun and we’re settled in now, and we’ve learned that this is a beautiful city. It really is. But it’s a busy one and there’s a lot of traffic. I mean, a lot of traffic."
By the way, Barcelona is a nice city, but it’s not a good city for me. It’s a seafood city, and I don’t like seafood. So the meals aren’t great for me.
...And another thing: I was asked what I thought of the uniforms we wore against Argentina. And when I wondered why, I was told that they were throwbacks meant to honor the 1992 Dream Team.
Well, No. 1, I wasn’t even aware of it. And No. 2, I don’t think about stuff like that. It reminds me about all the fuss over our gray uniforms back there at Syracuse last season. I tend not to worry about things like that. That’s for newspaper guys to write about."
Jerami Grant, 6-7, SF, Syracuse (5.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg): "He didn't shoot very well (7-of-25), but he'll end up being a Kris Joseph or Wesley Johnson for Syracuse in time. He's rangy, long and can play two different positions. His upside may be greater than anyone else on the team. He's so long and athletic. Once he knocks down shots he'll be really special.''