BERKELEY -- Five days into fall camp, California inside receiver Spencer Hagan -- who suffered a season-ending knee injury against Ohio State in 2012 -- stopped suiting up for the Bears. He couldn't cut as hard as he needed to. Though he was completely medically cleared, the knee just wasn't right.
After speaking with family and the coaching staff, and undergoing several examinations of the knee by both the team doctors and the NCAA, Hagan has announced that he is retiring from football, and will become a team manager, able to travel with the team on the road and provide extra coaching for the inside receivers.
"I had the full experience at Cal," Hagan said in a release. "I walked on, earned a scholarship, scored a touchdown in the Big Game and got to play at Ohio State. All of the biggest college football things to do at Cal, I've done them all."
Hagan is scheduled to graduate from Cal with a bacelor's degree this December, but will gain even more education on the field, where he hopes that his time as a team manager will help him transition into a career in coaching.
"My heart was telling me no and my body was telling me no, so I was going to listen," Hagan said about the decision. "It was one of the hardest and most intense decisions I've made, because football's directed every chapter of my life so far. But, I have peace about everything."
Hagan started his career in Berkeley as a walk-on receiver in 2009, and saw his first playing tine in 2010. In 2011, as a redshirt sophomore, he served as an H-back and caught 12 passes for 94 yards and scored touchdowns both against Presbyterian and in the BIg Game at Stanford.
"We appreciate all that Spencer has given to the Cal football program since he's been here," said head coach Sonny Dykes. "This is just one of those situations where his body just won't allow him to play at a consistently high level anymore because of the knee injury he suffered last season. He wants to stay involved with our program and the game of football. he has a bright future whatever direction he decides to take."
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