One day after Arkansas coach Bret Bielema used the death of Cal football player Ted Agu as an argument for making a rule change to slow the college game, Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour angrily responded, calling his remarks "misinformed, ill-advised and beyond insensitive."

Bielema told reporters in Arkansas on Thursday that Agu's Feb. 7 death, following a routine training run, was evidence that college football should adopt a rule that would prevent teams from snapping the ball until 10 seconds had elapsed on the 40-second play clock.

He made reference to a CBSSports.com report that Agu carried the sickle cell trait, adding, "I have a half a dozen players on my team currently that have that trait."

The cause of Agu's death hasn't been determined.

Asked for data that supports the idea that no-huddle, up-tempo football is a health threat, Bielema said, "Death certificates. There's no more anything I need than that."

After Agu's funeral service Friday in his hometown of Bakersfield, Barbour blasted Bielema.

"Using the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes as a platform to further a personal agenda in a public setting," she said via Twitter.

Bielema and Alabama's Nick Saban are among high-profile coaches who favor the rule change, which still must be approved in March.


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