Cal lineman Agu dies after a training run
California defensive lineman Ted Agu died Friday morning after taking part in a training run with teammates. He was 21.
“This is one of those tragedies that no one can understand and comprehend,” Golden Bears coach Sonny Dykes said. “Ted was a very special young man. As a coach, you have the opportunity to be around a lot of special kids day in and day out. He was a special young man. He just had a passion and energy for life that’s contagious. He will be deeply missed. Our players loved him dearly and he was a big part of our family.”
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The training run near Memorial Stadium was supervised by multiple members of the team’s medical staff. Team physician Dr. Casey Batten said the medical staff saw Agu had difficulty completing the workout and he was transferred by cart about 150 yards to 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.
Agu, listed on the Cal roster at 6 feet 1 and 240 pounds, collapsed when he got to the medical facility at the Simpson Center at the stadium around 7 a.m. Emergency medical personnel were alerted and Agu was given CPR. The athlete from Bakersfield, Calif., was taken to Alta Bates Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A medical examiner will determine the cause of death, a process that can take several weeks.
Batten said Agu didn’t have previous problems with workouts or practice during his time at Cal.
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