Ted Agu passed away at a local hospital after a training workout in the Berkeley Hills. He was 21 years old.
At this time, we are deeply saddened to inform you that Ted Agu, one of our student-athletes and a member of our football team, passed away tragically this morning. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s family and friends, our players and coaches, and our University family. Our student-athletes are our priority and we are providing counseling services for our players. Please bear with us as we work to inform personally those closest to Ted; we will provide more information as it becomes available.
"This is a very difficult time for our football family," said Sonny Dykes, Head Football Coach. "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."
Athletics Director, Sandy Barbour, said, "Our heartfelt condolences go out to Ted’s family. 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."
Agu was a walk-on to the Cal football team who earned his scholarship this past season. The junior from Frontier High in Bakersfield was a true Golden Bear in every sense. He was an honor roll student all four years in high school and brought that success with him to Cal, finishing with a 3.28 GPA last semester and making the Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team. He has made a few tackles off the bench in a few games this season, and his positive presence was felt all throughout the locker room.
Can everyone take a moment out of their day and pray for my brother Ted Agu— Avery Sebastian (@Cali_Showtime4) February 7, 2014
Rest easy my good friend TED AGU #RIP pic.twitter.com/6WfWxwJcaU— Mychal WOH Kendricks (@MychalKendricks) February 7, 2014
Rest In Paradise, Ted. I love you so much and I appreciate everything you've done with and for me especially upon my arrival at Cal.— Cameron Walker (@CameronBW3) February 7, 2014
Ted Agu was 1 of 8 players who recently earned a full scholarship under Coach Dykes. Was example of work ethic paying off.— Lindsay Brauner (@lindzcatharine) February 7, 2014
Rest in peace Ted. Please say a prayer for Ted and his family. Truly exemplified what it meant to be a Cal student athlete. Love you man— Lucus Gingold (@Uncleluke10094) February 7, 2014
This is not happing ted agu gone are you serious love you bra RIP— C.J. Anderson (@CjAndersonRB9) February 7, 2014
Rip big homie Ted , I look up to you for what you do on and off the field ! #ForeverMissed #35ForLife #CalFamily pic.twitter.com/Kl9COPCKpf— Darius Powe ™ (@HeemAtCal) February 7, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Cal locker room and the Golden Bear football family. Go Bears.