BERKELEY – Cal head coach Sonny Dykes announced Tuesday that senior wide receiver Spencer Hagan has retired from football. Hagan played in all 28 games possible for the Golden Bears from the beginning of the 2010 season until suffering an eventual career-ending knee injury in the third game of the 2012 campaign at Ohio State.
“I had the full experience at Cal,” Hagan said. “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 spent nearly a year rehabilitating the injury and opened the team’s 2013 training camp on the roster. He practiced with the Bears for the first five days of training camp.
“We appreciate all that Spencer has given to the Cal football program since he’s been here,” Dykes said. “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 bright future whatever direction he decides to take.”
Hagan, who is scheduled to graduate from Cal with a bachelor’s degree this December, will spend the 2013 season as a team manager for the Bears and hopes to get into coaching.
“My heart was telling me no and my body was telling me no, so I was going to listen,” Hagan said about his 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 at Cal in 2009 and saw his first playing time the following season in 2010 after redshirting as a true freshman in his first campaign. As a 2011 sophomore, he contributed 12 receptions for 94 yards and had touchdown catches both against Presbyterian on his first career reception and in the Big Game at Stanford. He ended the season strong with seven catches, 48 receiving yards and a touchdown reception over his final three contests.
Hagan married the former Breana Collins this past summer.
*Cal’s next game is against Portland State at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, Sept. 7. The game will be televised live nationally by Pac-12 Networks with a kickoff time scheduled for 2 p.m. PT. The game can also be listened to on the Cal IMG Sports Network and flagship radio station KGO 810 AM.
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*Cal is in the midst of a string of three straight home games to open the season that will conclude when the Golden Bears host Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m. (FOX/KGO 810 AM). Cal will also play Pac-12 home games against Washington State on Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 5), Oregon State (Oct. 19), Arizona (Nov. 2) and USC (Nov. 9).
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*Pac-12 Networks will air a special first look of its new docu-series The Drive Thursday, September 5, immediately following Arizona State’s home opener versus Sacramento State. The Drive is a 14-part docu-series offering an exclusive look inside the 2013 football season of Arizona State and Cal and their quest for the Pac-12 Championship. Visit Pac-12.com to view a clip from the first look of The Drive. Following the September 5 first look, new episodes of The Drive will debut Wednesdays at 7:00 PM PT across all seven networks all season long. Here's a preview of Thursday's first look.