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Football: Whiteside officially to grayshirt

Cal coach Jeff Tedford confirmed Monday that incoming linebacker Cecil Whiteside will indeed grayshirt, meaning he won’t enroll at Cal until January.

Tedford had said recently that grayshirting was the likely option for Whiteside, rated as the country’s No. 4 outside linebacker by rivals.com. The NCAA is still evaluating his academic standing.

But even if the NCAA were to rule Whiteside eligible today, he still couldn’t play this season for Cal. That’s because the school would not allow him to enroll since he missed the Summer Bridge program.

That means the Bears now will be missing half of the highly regarded linebacker quartet they expected to have in camp. Chris Martin, one of the country’s top recruits, announced last month he was transferring to Florida without ever playing for Cal.

A fifth linebacker in the class, Chris McCain, also will grayshirt. The class of linebackers was rated as the third-best nationally by rivals.com.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Kyle

    JO, any chance that if NCAA approves Whiteside’s eligibility, he would try to go to another school that would admit him? Additionally, is Whiteside now automatically released from his LOI?

  • milo

    I’m glad the university and Tedford handled things this way. These kids need to hear that life isn’t always about them, although they’ve been told that for years.