Brent Venables' Brother Passes Away

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:25 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: May 21, 2011 3:30 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables suffered through two tragedies in as many days this week. Venables’ older brother died unexpectedly Friday night, one day after the passing of OU linebacker Austin Box.

The Tulsa World first reported the death of Venables’ brother, and a source has confirmed the news with Oklahoma Sports. Venables’ brother was 43 years old, but his name and cause of death are still unknown at this time.

With head coach Bob Stoops overseas, Venables was the one to address the media Thursday and discuss the passing of Austin Box. Venables was visibly shaken and said the team felt numb and heartbroken, and that players would have access to grief counselors to help them through this difficult time.

Venables has since been unavailable for comment, and the Tulsa World reported that he left town to be with his family. Oklahoma Sports will provide more details as they become available.