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Football: Bears reinstate OLB Cecil Whiteside

By Jeff Faraudo
Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 6:09 pm in Football, Pre-season.

Cal has resinstated sophomore outside linebacker Cecil Whiteside, who was kicked off the team on May 24 for unspecified rules violations.

Coach Jeff Tedford made no mention of the move during his opening remarks at Monday’s Bay Area college football media day in San Francisco. But he later gave the news to a reporter from CBSSports.com.

“I think that he understands what he needs to do to be a good teammate and comply with everything we do as a team,” Tedford told CBSSports.com.

His resinstatement should be a lift for the Cal defense. Whiteside, who had 17 tackles last season including three sacks, will compete for significant playing time or perhaps a starting job.

A 6-foot-2, 232-pounder from Newport Beach, Whiteside was rated a four-star recruit out of high school by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and Tom Lemming. Rivals and Scout both ranked him as the No. 4 linebacker in his class.

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  • covinared

    I figured something was up because he did not transfer after getting the boot. Good news. Now get that psu guy and we should be loaded at lb.

  • Juancho

    Remember when i predicted hed be back? Weed is a part of cal

  • rotfogel

    Is that what he did? Smoked God’s green herb and got kicked off? At Oregon it’s applauded if you smoke weed, the coach loves you for it, Tedford should relax and take a couple puffs too!

  • rollonubears

    i would pay good money to see jt on the herb. that would be one hell of a show.

  • covinared

    I shared a bong with four Cal football players during my day. Off season of course.

  • Raf

    I remember when Juancho predicted that. Didn’t believe it, cuz it doesn’t happen very often. Kids make mistakes, glad to see that Ted and company can guide them past it and have them learn instead of saying “we’re done with you.” He is a stud… needs to spend more time in the weight room but loads of talent.

  • Juancho

    Haha thats awesome covina

  • Juancho

    I think these are my alltime favorite comments. Rollon imagine how many “no question” s tedford would drop high ? Covina i envy you. The story i know is i know folks who sold to regan upshaw way back when.

  • Juancho

    In case anyones curious upshaw , duane clemons, and sekou sanyika were partiers.

  • rollonubears

    “you wanna hit this again?”
    “no question.”
    followed by a long pause, and uncontrollable giggling.

  • Juancho

    Thats awesome rollon. The sunglasses are already perfect.

  • MikeD

    huge lol @ rollon, well played sir

  • Mr. B

    Seriously. From direct experience, the football players smoked almost as much as the water polo players. But I’m not naming names. Will say I graduated in 98. When a visiting professor accidentally ate some of the brownies I made for a specific class event, I didn’t get in too much trouble. Set my path to being a lawyer. Go BEARS!

    And welcome back Whiteside.