Court: Widow Can Sue Notre Dame Over Concussions

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The Ohio Supreme Court said this week that it wouldn't stop the widow of a 1970s-era football player from suing Notre Dame and the NCAA over concussions suffered during her husband's playing days, claiming they led to his disability and death.

According to an Associated Press report posted Wednesday at, Steve and Yvette Schmitz filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging Notre Dame and the NCAA showed "reckless disregard" for player safety and failed to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit says the Cleveland Clinic diagnosed Steve Schmitz with a brain disease related to numerous concussions. He died in 2015.

The NCAA and Notre Dame argued too much time has passed to allow the lawsuit to proceed, but the Supreme Court ruled it couldn't say the couple missed the two-year statute of limitations without more facts, and returned the case to the trial court.

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