Marc Buoniconti, the Citadel linebacker paralyzed from the neck down last season, has filed suit alleging that school officials failed to warn him that an existing spinal condition made it dangerous for him to play football.
The suit, filed last Friday in Charleston, S.C., asks for actual and punitive damages in an amount to be determined by a jury.
Buoniconti, 19, the son of former Miami Dolphin star Nick Buoniconti, was the Bulldogs' starting inside linebacker when he suffered a crushed spinal cord during a tackle in a game against East Tennessee State last Oct. 26.
The suit alleges that when the younger Buoniconti enrolled at the military college in the fall of 1984, he was given a spinal X-ray. The X-ray revealed old healed fractures that allegedly made it extremely dangerous for Buoniconti to play football because of the likelihood that another spinal injury would occur.