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Cal DE Ted Agu dies after collapsing during conditioning run

Ted Agu

Sadly, the heartbreak of yet another way-too-early death of a college football player is being felt on yet another college campus.

Cal officials confirmed Friday afternoon that defensive end Ted Agu died this morning after being rushed to a local hospital.  The Contra Costa Times is reporting that “Agu collapsed during a conditioning run and died at a local hospital.”

The school did not give any details surrounding Agu’s passing, requesting in a press release for people to “[p]lease bear with us as we work to inform personally those closest to Ted; we will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Agu, a rising fifth-year senior, was just 21 years old.

“This is a very difficult time for our football family, said head coach Sonny Dykes in a statement. “Ted was a remarkable young man and a member of this family who was highly respected and loved by his teammates and coaching staff. He had an incredible passion for life and will be deeply missed.”

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to Ted’s family,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “This is a very painful time for the entire Cal family; in the days and weeks ahead, my focus will be on providing every member of our community the support and information they need to get through this time. I would ask that media please respect and understand how this tragedy is impacting Ted’s family, his teammates, friends and the members of our campus community. We will get through this together.”

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Agu’s family, friends, teammates and coaches for their tragic loss.

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9 Responses to “Cal DE Ted Agu dies after collapsing during conditioning run”
  1. woebegong says: Feb 7, 2014 2:41 PM

    Sad to see a young man die like that with such a bright future ahead of him. I wonder if there will not be discovered, an underlying medical condition that wasn’t discovered until now, too late.
    May his family find peace, and condolences to these folks for their loss.

  2. polegojim says: Feb 7, 2014 3:09 PM

    Amen – condolences and thoughts with the family

  3. powertrip773 says: Feb 7, 2014 3:23 PM

    This raises an important consideration as to the medical backgrounds and physicals for these athletes. Getting an annual physical completed for competition is usually as easy as paying 20 bucks, balancing on one leg, and completing an eye exam at the athletic trainers rooms. It wouldn’t be asking that much to have these athletes do full physicals where their blood is taken and they can easily complete an EKG within minutes. I just finished my college career and was amazed it was so easily to get a physical done because if something were wrong nobody would ever know.

  4. granadafan says: Feb 7, 2014 3:58 PM

    Oh man, this is horrible news. Condolonces to his family and the CAL football team.

  5. umass7 says: Feb 7, 2014 11:14 PM

    I agree Powertrip,

    There are a lot of things that can’t be prevented, but if this turns out to be a case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, then that is something that could be screened for with an EKG or an echo, two things are cheap and very effective.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Feb 8, 2014 8:43 AM

    @ umass and powertrip;

    I agree that more needs to be done, however an EKG is not always the best method either. An echo would be better for determining congenital issues that could produce a deadly change in rhythm.

    As a member of the medical community and years of working in cardiology I always had my son who played high school/college basketball and ran track evaluated by cardiologist. However most parents aren’t provided with that opportunity and most think a stethescope to the chest is enough to diagnose serious issues.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and the university for this tremendous loss.

  7. umass7 says: Feb 8, 2014 9:04 AM

    If they prevent just one instance like this it will be worth it. A terrible tragedy that no one should have to experience.

  8. rastaraider says: Feb 9, 2014 1:40 PM

    Wow what a shock it is..
    I remember playing pop warner with teddy in Salinas CA .. You will
    Be missed a lot .. Alvarez Titan program wishes you and your family the best
    Rest in peace

  9. scbaby2013 says: Feb 9, 2014 10:03 PM

    God bless him and his family. Very sad news.

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