Pac-12 links: Cal mourns death of defensive end Ted Agu

– Cal defensive lineman Ted Agu died on Friday morning after a training run. He was 21. A cause of death has not yet been determined. A source told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd that Agu had the sickle cell trait, but the article has since been removed.

The dean of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health also issued a statement about the All-Academic second-teamer.

Agu’s family and friends have started a memorial fund to raise money for his funeral costs.

– Dana Altman’s early success at Oregon is giving him some leeway through the Ducks recent struggles.

– Washington State receiver Gabe Marks was arrested outside a bar early Saturday morning and cited for four misdemeanors, including fourth-degree assault. He apologized on Twitter, but the school has not commented.

– Washington quarterback Cyler Miles and receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow were suspended indefinitely last week, and remain under investigation for alleged post-Super Bowl assaults. The Seattle Times looked back a bit on first-year coach Chris Petersen’s history of discipline.

– At least one Arizona State fan spat on members of the Oregon staff on Saturday, but assistant coach Brian Fish said he declined to press charges.

– After a season-ending foot injury, Arizona forward Brandon Ashley said “there’s a very, very, very strong chance” that he returns to school at least one more year. Either way, both Jay Bilas and Jeff Goodman of ESPN thought that Ashley’s absence likely ended the Wildcats’ shot at a national title.

– Arizona signee Parker Jackson-Cartwright withdrew from Los Angeles Loyola last week after admitting to academic misconduct. The four-star point guard is still expected to play for the Wildcats.

– Oregon State football’s 29-man class drew from 14 states, making it the most geographically diverse group of Mike Riley’s tenure.

– After becoming Utah’s offensive coordinator less than a month shy of his 25th birthday, Brian Johnson will leave to join the Mississippi State staff. He had been demoted to co-offensive coordinator and then to quarterbacks coach over the past year.

– Stanford’s Toni Kokenis and Cal’s Mikayla Lyles worked to create a panel supporting LGBT inclusion in sports that took place late last month.

Yesterday, of course, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam pushed that subject to the front of the headlines by coming out publicly to the New York Times.

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  • gotroy22

    Cut and Paste with Jack Wang.

    • Bruin 34

      Agreed.

    • Cheap seats

      And your idol Wolf never does that?

  • Danny

    Condolences to the Agu family.

    • lifetime Bruin Fan

      AMEN.

  • Bruin 34

    NM.

  • Bruin 34

    Is it just me or does it seem like this blog has almost died? Smh.

    • jameskatt

      The blog is alive and well.

      Most of the readers are interested in UCLA Football. And it is the off-season so news is scant. So the readers are in hibernation or hunkered down due to winter storms. They do chip in when any morsel of football news is written. Funny.

      UCLA has a ton of other sports and has over 100 NCAA championships to show for it. UCLA Football has only one championship so far.

      Thus it is good to have info on the other sports – like basketball and baseball.

      • Bruin 34

        I’ve enjoyed some of your posts James. But you are wrong. Jacks news even on UCLA football has been minimal when it comes to info and any inside news like Dohn and Gold used to provide. Coverage on recruiting had killed the fanbase a lot. I get there are other sports. But even info on them are minute as well.

  • Bruin 34

    Dohn posted on Lewis on bro. We have some elite recruits visiting this weekend in the 2015 class.

    • The EDGE

      Thanks Bruin34!