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Ted Agu | Defensive End

Team: California Golden Bears
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/8/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 240

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The San Francisco Chronicle's Kimberly Veklerov reports that Cal admitted the football program's negligence in a team workout was a substantial factor in the death of defensive lineman Ted Agu in 2014.
Cal's admission of negligence occurred in (what was supposed to be) a confidential deposition. Agu's family filed a wrongful death suit against the university following the lineman's passing at the age of 21. He collapsed after a team workout in February of 2014. Family attorney Steve Yurrid's not satisfied with an admission of liability, though. "Saying that [Cal's] wrongdoing solely caused this young man’s death is certainly not enough. There needs to be reform and meaningful change," he said. The case has not reached a settlement as of yet. A trial's set for April. Sat, Jan 30, 2016 05:02:00 PM

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Ted Agu's family will file a wrongful death lawsuit against The Regents of the University of California.

Agu died after collapsing during a conditioning workout with teammates in February. Cal team physician Casey Batten said he was pulled out of the run by members of the training staff and transferred by cart to the team's medical facility inside the stadium. "He was on the back of the cart, he was talking, he was hydrating, he did not exhibit any labored breathing or other signs until he got to the north tunnel," Batten said in February. A release from the Agu family's lawyers states, "Despite the symptoms which clearly could and should have been observed, UCB coaches and trainers failed to immediately come to Agu's assistance. It was only after Agu struggled and encountered obvious difficulties for a significant period of time that intervention occurred and he was placed on a cart and taken back towards the stadium, where he collapsed for the last time."
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 09:35:00 PM

California Athletics Director Sandy Barbour ripped Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema for referencing the death of DE Ted Agu to make a point about slowing the tempo of offenses to protect player health.

When asked to provide evidence that fast-tempo offenses endanger players, Bielema said, "Death certificates," alluding to Agu's death earlier this month. "Bret Bielema's comments about our Ted Agu are misinformed, ill-advised and beyond insensitive," Barbour said, adding: "Using the tragic loss of one of our student athletes as a platform to further a personal agenda in a public setting is beyond inappropriate." Bielema has since apologized, saying: "My comments were intended to bring awareness to player safety and instead they have caused unintended hurt. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Agu family, Coach Sonny Dykes and to the University of California family."
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 06:19:00 PM

Cal senior-to-be DE Ted Agu passed away Friday after collapsing during a conditioning workout.

"Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff," head coach Sonny Dykes said. "He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed." Agu had worked his way up from walk-on status to earn a scholarship from Dykes last March.
Fri, Feb 7, 2014 04:15:00 PM