Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said Tuesday that Mitchell suffered “seizure-like activity.”

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Byhalia High School head football coach John Danley defended himself and his coaching staff against allegations that they returned a 16-year-old player to a Friday night game despite signs the teen was unwell.

Danley said Dennis Mitchell showed no signs of duress before he collapsed on the sideline and later died. Some of Mitchell’s family members and classmates — cited in multiple news reports after the death — alleged the sophomore defensive lineman suffered a hard hit on the field, felt woozy and sick on the sidelines before urging coaches to let him back on the playing field.

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