Sandy Barbour fires back against Arkansas coach’s comments regarding Ted Agu’s death

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Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour responded to comments made by Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema regarding the death of Cal football player Ted Agu on Friday. Bielema brought up Agu’s death to defend his argument for a NCAA proposal that would prevent an offense from snapping the ball for ten seconds on Thursday.

Bielema was asked about evidence regarding injuries due to the high up-tempo offenses and answered “death certificates”, alluding to Agu’s death. The defensive lineman died on Feb. 7 during a teamwide training run.

Barbour, who was in Bakersfield on Friday to attend the Agu family service, voiced her displeasure at Bielema on Twitter.

After much media scrutiny, Bielema addressed his previous comments on Twitter on Friday.

Cal football coach Sonny Dykes spoke out last week against the new rule change over Twitter, dismissing the argument that the proposal was for player safety.

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