UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Friday that Sandy Barbour, the university’s athletics director, plans to step down from her post in mid-July.
UPDATE, 04.24.14: Cal football player Ted Agu, who collapsed after a Feb. 7 team training run, died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, according to Sgt. Paul Graves of the Alameda County Coroners’ Bureau and reported by the San Jose Mercury News. Graves said hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is an excessive thickening of the heart muscle and a common cause of unexpected death in athletes.
The grim face of Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour yesterday confirmed that nothing about yesterday’s announcements of five sports being cut from the varsity list was easy. For outside observers, even after absorbing the words of Barbour and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau at the press conference, and the fact sheets handed out by the university’s media relations team, the biggest puzzle was the demotion of the rugby team to a new, “varsity club” status.
In a sombre press conference this afternoon, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and Vice-Chancellor Frank Yeary explained their decision to cut five varsity sports: baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s rugby and women’s lacrosse.