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Many big name coaches felt mixed emotions Sunday afternoon at the MVR, site of the Ron Stoops Senior and Anthony Pelini Memorial Foundation Bocce Social.
The tournament is taking place just one day after MVR owner, Carmine Cassese, lost his five-month battle with pancreatic cancer. For 11 years , the event served as a reunion of sorts for the members of the Youngstown State University and Cardinal Mooney families, all of whom have their dear friend Carm on their minds and in their hearts.
“There aren’t many people in your life like Carmine Cassese,” said former YSU and OSU coach Jim Tressel. “You know he loved his friends, he loved his family, he loved his community, he loved his schools.”
“Carmine, you know he kind of personifies everything good about Mooney and certainly family,” added Oklahoma Defensive Coordinator Mike Stoops.
“Just a wonderful person, great family, coached both of his sons, and I knew carmine since I was six years old,” continued P.J. Fecko, head coach for Cardinal Mooney.
“Carmine was just such an inspiration to all of us, and it’s hard to step in here and not see his smiling face,” finished Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops.
Cassese was 57 years old.