While the college football world was focused on Glendale, Ariz. today, there are other things happening:
- Cal received a surprising oral commitment from cornerback Joel Willis of Garden Grove. Willis had previously committed to Washington and there wasn’t any scuttlebutt that he was considering switching to the Bears. But he continues to solidify what is becoming an excellent recruiting class on the defensive side of the ball.
- I usually only post information about other Pac-10 teams if they reasonably affect Cal, and this one certainly does. Oregon St. running back Jacquizz Rodgers has decided to enter the NFL draft. So the Bears still have to contend with Andrew Luck in the Pac-12 North but have gotten rid of Rodgers.
- It will be interesting to see how the inclusion of Rodgers affects Shane Vereen in the draft. At this point, you’d have to think Rodgers would go before Vereen, but that could change after individual workouts. Despite his smallish size, Rodgers still is rated pretty highly among NFL scouts.
- Cal’s new offensive line coach should be coming soon, perhaps this week. Why is it taking so long? Perhaps Jeff Tedford was waiting to see if Tom Cable and his staff were going to be retained by the Raiders. Could former OL coach Jim Michalczik be making a return? The whole reason Michalczik left Washington abruptly for the Raiders is because he had aspirations to coach in the NFL. The question is whether there are other opportunities available to him right now on the pro level.