After resuming practice on Tuesday the Wyoming Cowboys were quiet as their thoughts centered on their fallen teammate Ruben Narcisse. Getting back into a routine was big step for the team to get the emotional healing process started.
Here is a very nice piece by Graham Watson about Coach Christensen and his experience with losing a player during his days at Toledo and Missouri.
TO HONOR NARCISSE:
- Every player will wear a decal with his initials on their helmet.
- One player will wear his #12 jersey each game. Shamiel Gary, Brian Hendricks and Chris Prosinski are the first three to wear the jersey.
- The locker of Narcisse will be left untouched and sealed as he left it for the next four years. Only after he would have graduated will the locker be altered.
- Narcisse will also be honored before the kickoff of the Cowboy - Longhorns game on Saturday.
The tribute will include a moment of silence and Narcisse's photograph on Texas' massive scoreboard video screen. The Texas band will also play a song for the Wyoming team.
The University of Wyoming has scheduled a memorial service for Nacrisse at 5 p.m. on Monday at the UniWyo Sports Complex. A large turnout is expected from the campus and the community. No plans for a service in Miami have been finalized yet as the family looks for a venue capable of holding the expected crowd.
The athletic department also announced the creation of a memorial fund:
The Ruben Narcisse Memorial Fund has also been established through the Cowboy Joe Club within the University of Wyoming Athletics Department. All donations will go to the Narcisse family to help defray funeral and other costs associated with the death of Ruben Narcisse. To make a donation, interested parties may mail a check payable to the Cowboy Joe Club to:
Ruben Narcisee Memorial Fund
Cowboy Joe Club
University of Wyoming
Dept. 3414, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Anyone who has questions regarding the Ruben Narcisse Memorial Fund or wishes to make a donation by credit card may also call the Cowboy Joe Club at (307) 766-6242.