** California’s Ted Agu died after an off-season conditioning workout in 2014 at the age of 21. Cal admitted liability for the demise of the defensive lineman and pre-med student. His family has now settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $4,750,000, ending months of negotiation and litigation.
** Agu’s parents claimed that Agu should not have participated in the arduous drill because he was known to carry a sickle cell trait – a blood abnormality that can, according to many experts, lead to death undervextreme exertion.
** The settlement also guarantees that Cal will institute health and safety reforms.
** Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Brown has been kicked out of school for violations of the student honor code, meaning he was dishonest academically.
** Brown caught 27 passes last season and was third on the team with 412 yards. Three of his receptions went for touchdowns.
** Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the school through 2023. The seven-year deal will, if incentives are met, pay him $30,625,000 over the length of the contract. That’s $4,375,000 annually for the 55-year-old who is 58-18 in two tenures at Louisville, including 17-9 in his current stint. Petrino’s coaching record overall is 100-19 (.719) at three schools (Louisville, Arkansas, Western Kentucky).
** Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has a new contract that will pay him an average of $5,100,000 per year over the next six years.
** Swinney’s Clemson recruiting classes have ranked in the top 15 in each of the past six seasons.
** Swinney’s teams have finished in the top 10 three times during his tenure. The Tigers are one of only two teams to win at least 10 games in eachof the last five seasons.
** The ACC now has three coaches who will make at least $4,000,000 in 2016. The others are Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, who was the only one over that plateau a year ago, and new Miami (Fla.) coach Mark Richt.