Blog Entry

Negedu will not play for Vols this season

Posted on: October 6, 2009 6:55 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2009 7:01 pm

Tennessee sophomore Emmanuel Negedu had a sub-pectoral implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) implanted in his chest Tuesday and will not practice with or play for the Vols this season, the school has announced.

Negedu suffered a sudden cardiac arrest after a workout Sept. 28.

He had no pulse when medics arrived.

“Emmanuel is such a special young man,” said UT coach Bruce Pearl. “You don’t come across many like him. He’s faced a tremendously frightening obstacle with unbelievable courage. He is going to be an inspiration to many, and we all feel truly blessed that he’s still here with us.”

Negedu is expected to remain at the UT Medical Center overnight.

“I just want to say thanks to all those people that care about me and show me they care,” Negedu said. “I want to say I appreciate everything. God is going to see me through this. With God, all things are possible. God is always in control.”
Category: NCAAB
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or