The California Golden Bears now can confirm their strength coach is back in 2016. The university confirmed that Damon Harrington's contract was officially renewed, and the Cal strength coach is now guaranteed his $150,000 salary for the 2016-17 season. More from the Daily Cal.
The contract of Cal football’s strength and conditioning coach, Damon Harrington, was renewed June 28 prior to reporting on faculty concerns over a previous investigation involving the program, according to a statement from campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof.
Harrington has been under fire after a Chronicle report seemed to handwave that he was responsible for the Ted Agu and Fabiano Hale situations. Although the university would eventually settle a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit with Agu's family and Harrington was cleared of wrong-doing, over a hundred UC Berkeley professors have signed a petition asking for Harrington's suspension, with Chancellor Dirks launching a second inquiry with independent investigators.
Cal Athletics and Cal football players have stood fast behind their strength coach, attacked Berkeley faculty for athlete discrimination, and now it appears that Harrington is standing pat. Cal will not have to worry about changing things up in 2017, and can now turn their full attention to the season barring massive findings from the second inquiry.
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