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Cal AD Responds to Bielema, Then Bielema Issues Statement

After Bret Bielema's comments last night in Searcy, Cal AD Sandy Barbour responded to those comments on Twitter and then Bielema apologizes this afternoon.
After Bret Bielema's comments last night in Searcy, Cal AD Sandy Barbour responded to those comments on Twitter and then Bielema apologizes this afternoon.  Here are the comments by both individuals.


Cal Bears AD Sandy Barbour:

"Using the tragic loss of one of our student athletes as a platform to further a personal agenda in a public setting is beyond inappropriate. Bret Bielema's comments about our Ted Agu are misinformed, ill-advised and beyond insensitive."


Here is Bret Bielema's response after the Cal AD's tweets:

"It was brought to my attention that remarks I made yesterday evening while discussing a proposed rule change were unintentionally hurtful. I am very passionate, as we all are, about the serious nature of protecting the well-being of student-athletes, and earlier today I was interviewed by SI.com writer Andy Staples to explain my stance on the proposed rule. In my press conference last night, I referenced information about the tragic loss of a life of a student-athlete. My comments were intended to bring awareness to player safety and instead they have caused unintended hurt. As a head coach who works with young individuals every day, the passing of Ted Agu is a reminder to us all how short and precious life is. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to the Agu family, Coach Sonny Dykes and to the University of California family.”


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