Football: Cal athletics provides response to lawsuit

Here is the response from Cal athletics to Tuesday’s news that attorneys representing former Cal football player Ted Agu have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the UC Regents. Agu died Feb. 7 following an offseason workout with his teammates:

“The members of our football family and our entire campus community remain deeply saddened by the loss of Ted Agu. We recognize how difficult this must be for the Agu family. We will continue to honor Ted in all we do. He will forever be a beloved member of our Golden Bear family.

“When Cal’s medical staff on scene saw Ted show signs of problems, they reacted promptly. But as the Alameda County Coroner’s report states, the cause of death was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which suggests there was little anyone could have done to save him.

“While we cannot discuss any student’s specific medical history, we follow all recommended protocols, including those outlined by the NCAA, for all student-athletes with identified medical conditions. We want to make clear that we are committed to ensuring the care and safety of all our student-athletes and we have great confidence in our athletic department’s staff’s ability to do so.”

Jeff Faraudo