Tennessee sophomore forward Emmanuel Negedu is headed to the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic for more tests after being released from UT Medical Center on Thursday.
UT associate athletic trainer Chad Newman accompanied Negedu and his Brewster Academy (N.H.) host family to Cleveland.
Newman, along with UT athletic trainer Jason McVeigh, revived the 6-foot-7, 219-pound Nigerian with a defibrillator Monday after he inexplicably collapsed following a light workout in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.
“There will be more tests, extensive tests, performed this weekend,’’ UT coach Bruce Pearl said. “I met with the team Wednesday about this and updated them.
“We’re all having to deal with the question of, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ ”
Pearl said there’s no update on Negedu’s basketball future and asks fans and media not speculate, but he concedes the cardiac event suffered puts it in question.
One of the things the 20-year-old was tested for at UT Medical Center was hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is an enlargement of the heart and/or thickening of the heart walls. It is a leading cause of sudden cardiac death among youth athletes.
Pearl said he and his players couldn’t help but notice the absence of the jovial Negedu in Pratt Pavilion on Thursday at the first team practice since the incident.
“It affects all of us. All of our guys are heartbroken,’’ Pearl said. “You can’t help but miss him and the energy, athleticism and coach-ability he brings.
“Today was a step in what will be a process for us.’’
Crews Call: Pearl said he called former UT forward Duke Crews, who was diagnosed with an enlarged heart during his time with the Vols, to discuss the situation.
“I wanted to talk with Duke in case he was having flashbacks,’’ Pearl said. “I stay in touch with Duke and encourage him to do well.’’
Crews left UT following the 2007-08 season and plays at Division II Bowie State (Md.). Crews led the team in scoring and rebounding and was named to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association first-team last season.
Practice: Pearl put the Vols through their first five-on-five, offense-versus-defense drills Thursday.
“I like doing it this way rather than waiting until Oct. 16 and starting off cold, where you’d put them in double-session workouts to get them ready for a season opener,’’ said Pearl, who put the team through a one-hour workout. “I’m able to build, and this is the right way to learn.’’