Cal sophomore outside linebacker Cecil Whiteside has been ruled academically ineligible and will not play the 2012 season.
Whiteside previously was dismissed from the team by coach Jeff Tedford on May 24 for unspecified violation of team rules, then reinstated before the start of fall camp. Tedford said Tuesday that Whiteside was academically ineligible after the spring semester, and he did not rectify that situation during summer school.
“Cecil really hasn’t been practicing with the first group at all,” Tedford said. “All the other guys have had an opportunity to play in there. Brennan Scarlett is doing a great job, Chris McCain . . . we feel good about those two guys in the outside.”
Whiteside was not on the Bears’ two-deep chart entering Saturday’s season opener at Memorial Stadium against Nevada.