Vanderbilt covers funeral expenses for pitcher who drowned


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt is paying for the funeral of freshman pitcher Donny Everett, who drowned Thursday while on a fishing trip at a Tennessee lake.

School officials confirmed Tuesday that they covered Everett’s funeral expenses by using money from the NCAA opportunity fund and student assistance fund.

School officials noted that the student assistance fund allows a school to pay for funeral arrangements.

The Tennessean first reported that Vanderbilt had paid for the funeral.

Everett’s funeral was held Tuesday in his hometown of Clarksville, Tennessee.

Everett, 19, died the day before Vanderbilt was scheduled to begin NCAA Tournament play, though poor weather delayed the Commodores’ NCAA regional opener until Saturday.

Vanderbilt was eliminated from the regional after losing to Xavier and Washington on Saturday.

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