Cal officials held a press conference Friday afternoon to address the sudden and shocking death of Ted Agu, a reserve defensive lineman on the football team.
According to school officials, Agu collapsed during a supervised training run around 6 a.m. They did not indicate the length of the run. Team medical personnel noticed he was having a tough time about 150 yards from stadium. They put him on a cart, where he was hydrating and alert. But Agu collapsed when he got back to stadium. CPR started immediately and a defibrillator was used. Emergency personnel came to the scene and transported the Cal junior to Alta Bates hospital’s emergency room where he died.
“Needless to say the Cal family is heartbroken, there is no greater tragedy then for us to lose one of our incredibly bright and passionate young people far too soon,” said Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour.
Cal’s football coach, Sonny Dykes, was also at Friday’s press conference.
“This is one of those tragedies that no one can understand or comprehend,” said Dykes. “Ted was a very special young man. Ted’s the ultimate team guy. A walk-on who came here because he loved the game, played some on scout team. Had a passion for life, loved to learn, loved to laugh great sense of humor.”
Despite walking onto the team his freshman year, Agu had earned a full scholarship this past year.
There has been some speculation that Agu may have some suffered from a pre-existing medical condition, but Cal said it was precluded by law to mention any of Agu’s medical details. This is a coroner’s case now, which may take 6 to 8 weeks to determine cause of death.
Dr. Casey Batton, Cal’s team doctor, said: “I can’t comment for the same reason. (He) Never had any problems with any work out or practice.”http://blog.sfgate.com/cal/2014/02/07/details-on-death-of-cal-football-player-ted-agu/