The unexpected death at 22 of Florida International University LB Luke Knox was announced Thursday, reported Adam Rittenberg for ESPN. The Tennessee native and younger brother of Buffalo Bills TE Dawson Knox spent the past four seasons at Ole Miss prior to transferring to FIU. Apparently, he died Wednesday evening, reported the school officials. At the moment, the cause still remains in question. However, the police don’t suspect any foul play of any sort regarding the death. Shortly after the news was broken to the public, FIU head coach Mike MacIntyre released a statement.
“Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox,” FIU coach Mike MacIntyre said in a statement. “I had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and FIU. While I admired his passion for football, his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember. He had a special way of making everyone around him feel comfortable and confident.”
One can assume, that the relationship between Knox and MacIntrye was extremely special. In 2019, MacIntyre coached him back at Ole Miss serving as the defensive coordinator. While Knox contributed mainly on special teams; he only started two games for Ole Miss at LB their relationship was much bigger than football. Last season, he recorded 11 tackles, and two of those tackles were for a loss.
“We send our thoughts and prayers to Luke’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time,” FIU athletics said in a statement. “Coaches and support staff have been reaching out to our football family. They will continue to do so to ensure our student-athletes have the support they need.”
FIU Community Mourns Knox
All of the FIU players were alerted of Knox’s on Wednesday. Naturally, the following practice was canceled. Ultimately, this gave people time to grieve. The team took therapeutic measures bringing in counselors to assist those who were close to him in their grieving process. Many hurting about the news, Knox’s old HC at Ole Miss, Lane Kiffin, expressed his emotions and thoughts via Twitter.
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 18, 2022
“I am very grateful for my personal relationship and time spent with Luke,” Kiffin said. “He was a tremendous teammate and an even better person who lifted up everyone around him.”