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Former Cal basketball player earns college degree

  • FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2009, file photo, California freshman forward Tierra Roger’s plays with a basketball in Berkeley, Calif. The former California basketball player, who never played a single minute because of a rare heart condition that could have killed her, has that diploma in hand at last, four years after a frightening collapse that derailed her college career before it began. The highly touted guard stopped breathing outside the Cal training room in Sept. 2009. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

BERKELEY — There were moments Tierra Rogers questioned whether she would stay in college, let alone do enough to earn her degree.

The former California basketball player, who never played a single minute because of a rare heart condition that could have killed her, has that diploma in hand at last — four years after a frightening collapse that derailed her college career before it began.

The highly touted guard stopped breathing outside the Cal training room in September 2009. While she never played for the Golden Bears, ranked No. 10 this week, Rogers attended practice whenever possible and played a part in Cal's first ever trip to the Final Four last season.

Rogers battled depression and sought counseling, but stayed in school to earn her bachelor's degree in African American Studies. She posted a photo of her diploma on her Twitter account with the message that "Without God, Support & Family this wouldn't have been possible."

She credited not only her coaches but athletic director Sandy Barbour and the Cal support staff.


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