UC Berkeley Athletics Deputy Solly Fulp Pulled Down $345,178 During Year of Cover-Up of Football Player Ted Agu’s Death

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by Irvin Muchnick


Preliminary research indicates that the deputy director of athletics at the University of California-Berkeley who helped coordinate the cover-up of the 2014 death of football player Ted Agu received $345,178 in total pay and benefits that year.

Solly Fulp, now the university’s executive director of partnerships and services, made $221,795 in base pay in 2014, according to the site Transparent California, a project of the Nevada Policy Research Institute that compiles compensation information on public employees. Concussion Inc. cannot independently confirm this or other figures for Fulp until the Cal office for compliance with the state public records act produces a copy of Fulp’s employment contract — a process the university has said could take eight weeks or more.

In addition to the $221,795 base, Fulp in 2014 appears to have received $78,000 in “other pay,” plus $45,383 in “other benefits,” for the total of $345,178. See http://transparentcalifornia.com/salaries/2014/university-of-california/solomon-fulp/.

Controversy surrounds Fulp’s move in 2015 to his new position — see https://concussioninc.net/?p=11399 and https://concussioninc.net/?p=11415. The numbers on his contract as deputy AD seem to confirm the theory of campus critics that his $50,000 “sign-on” bonus for the general administrative job directing sponsorships and services was designed to bring his new compensation in line with what he had been receiving in intercollegiate athletics.

Numerous other questions linger — most prominently, whether the new job for Fulp was engineered by former vice chancellor John Wilton or others to reward Fulp for his role in staving off serious investigations of the circumstances of Agu’s death. The player died in a brutal offseason conditioning-competition drill three months after Damon Harrington — football coach Sonny Dykes’ strength and conditioning assistant — was implicated in the criminal beating of a player by a teammate.

J.D. Hinnant, the player who slugged Fabiano Hale into unconsciousness and the emergency room (before himself suiting up for a Cal football game later in the day), was handed “deferred” charges by the Alameda County district attorney. And the university, in 2016, would settle a wrongful death civil lawsuit by the Agu family for $4.75 million.

Another unanswered question is whether under Fulp’s new contract (which was mysteriously extended to the middle of 2018 just months after its original signing), he is personally and further enriched by commissions on sponsorship agreements such as Cal sports’ announced multimillion-dollar deal with the Under Armour apparel company. More shortly on this aspect of the story.



“eBook Bonus: Introduction to ‘Ted Agu Papers,’ Cal Football Death Cover-Up,” https://concussioninc.net/?p=11359 

“Table of Contents of the New eBook ‘TED AGU PAPERS’,” https://concussioninc.net/?p=11367

Amazon Kindle link: http://amzn.to/2aA2LDl

“Explainer: How ‘Insider’ Access Made San Francisco Chronicle and Berkeley J-School Miss Real Story Behind Death of Cal Football’s Ted Agu,” https://concussioninc.net/?p=10931

Complete headline links to our Ted Agu series: https://concussioninc.net/?p=10877

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