Cal admits liability in student football player's 2014 death

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- UC Berkeley is taking what may be an unprecedented step. The university is now admitting liability in the death of one of its students.

Ted Agu was a member of the Cal football team who died in 2014 after a team workout.

The university will no longer contest the lawsuit filed against it and will now focus on compensating Agu's family.

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Agu was a walk-on defensive lineman who died during a strenuous workout in 2014. Apparently, school officials knew Agu had a sickle cell blood trait that can be deadly under extreme exertion. The school is now accepting responsibility.

In a statement UC Berkeley said: "During the past two years we have instituted additional medical screening of student-athletes, additional training of coaches and conditioning staff, additional oversight of workout plans, and more detailed counseling of student-athletes with identified medical conditions."

The medical examiner's office initially attributed Agu's death to a heart condition. The cause of his death has now been changed to reflect the sickle cell blood trait.

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