Cal Football Spokesperson: We’re Looking Into Questions About Strength and Conditioning Coach Damon Harrington’s ‘Winter Workout Contract’ With Players the Season Ted Agu Died

Published June 27th, 2016, Uncategorized

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by Irvin Muchnick


Over the weekend we reported that the documents turned over by the University of California to attorneys for the family of Ted Agu — in a wrongful death lawsuit that would settle for $4.75 million — did not include a winter workout “contract” for players put together by head football coach Sonny Dykes’ strength and conditioning assistant, Damon Harrington.

Today we asked Cal why. Was this because the university and its legal team were unaware of the existence of the document prior to Concussion Inc.’s story yesterday? Or was there another reason?

And: Is the “contract” in accord with university policy?

And: If the “contract” is not in accord with university policy, then what is Cal doing about it?

Wesley Mallette, associate athletics director for strategic communications, emailed back: “I’m out of the office today and will need time in the office tomorrow to look into this.”