Senior receiver Spencer Hagan, who scored a touchdown in the 2011 Big Game, has retired from football because of a knee injury he suffered last season.
Hagan, from Sacramento, will work this season as a team manager and will be given some student coaching responsibilities.
He began this season determined to come back from the knee injury he suffered at Ohio State last season. But he had a setback a week into fall camp and took it as a sign it was time to step away.
“I felt in my heart my body was saying no. I was OK with that,” Hagan said.
“I’ve experienced everything I can in college. “I’m happy with it, my parents are happy with it, my wife is happy with it,” said Hagan, who married the former Breanna Collins this summer.
Hagan will have the chance to work with the Bears’ inside receivers — the position he was expecting to play this season.
“I want to help this team win. I feel I can do more as a coach than as a player,” he said. “There was a lot of pressure taken off me when I found out that was even an option for me.”
Hagan said he’s not entirely sure he wants a future in coaching, but this experience will allow him to find out.
“So far I’m enjoying it more than anything,” he said.