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Football: Cal’s five remaining assistant coaches carry on against backdrop of uncertainty

 Cal’s five remaining assistant football coaches continue to oversee the program’s day-to-day business, including recruiting, but they have no idea who the next head coach will be or when he will arrive.

“Nope, it’s been a complete secret,” said Ron Gould, the senior assistant with 16 years on the staff. “I don’t know anything about who the new head coach will be. I don’t know the timetable. I don’t know anything.

“That’s not my focal point. My focal point is making sure the players are doing what they’re supposed to do and recruiting.”

The Bears actually received two oral commitments this week, most recently from wide receiver Caleb Coleman of St. Mary’s High in Berkeley. Earlier, four-star running back Khalfani Muhammad of Notre Dame-Sherman Oaks said he plans to attend Cal.

Keeping the Bears’ other 13 unsigned commits onboard is just as big a part of the job as selling the program to potential prospects.

“We’re all going out there,” Gould said of the staff’s efforts to prevent other schools from raiding the commitment list. “This is the No. 1 public university in the world. We’ve got an unbelievable facility now and an unbelievable university where the kids can get a world-class education.”

Back in Berkeley, 10 days after coach Jeff Tedford’s firing, Cal’s players continue to deal with the emotional fallout.

“It’s a very, very touchy situation. You lose a great head coach and there’s a lot of turmoil in terms of how kids are feeling,” Gould said. “They’re sad, they’re hurting, just as the coaches are.

“The kids are waiting to see . . . there’s always a little uncertainty.”

At least one player on Thursday seemed to indicate his plans. Junior wide receiver Keenan Allen tweeted, “Decision made,” an apparent reference to making himself eligible for the NFL draft.

Allen hasn’t explained what he meant and Cal officials don’t know anything further.

“To be honest with you, I have no idea,” said Gould, who is Cal’s running backs coach. “Everybody’s curious about what is his next step.”

Certainly it would be a bigger surprise if Allen decided to return for his senior season. He is projected as a high first-round NFL draft pick.

Meanwhile, neither Gould, nor fellow assistants Wes Chandler, Ashley Ambrose, Marcus Arroyo or Jim Michalczik know whether they will be retained by the next coach.

Gould said he did not apply for the head coaching position and does not have any expectation about his future with the program.

But he said he would love to stay at Cal. “I’ve been here 16 years. If you cut my wrist,” he said, “I bleed blue and gold.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • Cre8tivguy

    I think that all of this radio silence is due to the fact that most of the college coaches out there still have a final regular season game to play tomorrow and Sandy may not have access to interview anyone until after those games are played. I expect things to really pick-up after this weekend. Thoughts?

  • Juancho

    Gould is the man. Love that guy.

    Agree on the silence. Its smart anyway. Less details until something is imminent. No need to show our hand with all these other openings. Especially colorado.

  • Dan

    This is the other side of the Tedford firing, and it’s a tough one. While I don’t feel bad for Tedford, as he was paid HUGE dollars for doing running a program in a mostly mediocre fashion (win-loss record, plethora of embarassing blowout losses, falling way down the Pac 12 pecking order, and bad graduation rates) for the past several yeras, I do feel for these remaining assistants.

    It has to be really hard for remaining Cal coaches like Ron Gould, especially Ron Gould, who seem to have done a great job for his entire tenure, works as many hours as any coach, has been a really good recruiter and developer of great running backs, all at a fraction of what Tedford made, and are now in complete limbo perosonally and professionally.

    I guess they have a chance to either prove themselves to the new head coach by the class and professionalism they exhibit during this period, not to mention by landing and keeping a very good recruiting class. I wish these guys, particularly Gould, all the best.

    One other thing, Gould’s quote “This is the No. 1 public university in the world. We’ve got an unbelievable facility now and an unbelievable university where the kids can get a world-class education.” That “kids can get a world-class education” part rings a little hollow based on Tedford’s APR failure. Think how competing schools take one of the biggest reasons to sell Cal and can turn it against Cal because of Tedford’s failure in graduationg players.

    That has got to change with the new head coach. No excuse, no doubt the final nail in the Tedford coffin.

  • Concordbear

    Thanks for this great report JF
    Gould and coach M are great coaches and I’m glad Cal retained them.
    The current 5 running the show are real solid.
    Hope they all are considered to return if that is their goal. Chandler, Gould and M are particulary strong position coaches.
    Huge hire is HC but just as important will be getting great OC and DC. Best coordinator Cal had under Tedford was Gregory.
    Need to upgrade those key positions too!

  • calbearister

    I think the new HC would be nuts not to keep Ron Gould on as RBs Coach. Show me a better one in the country – unlike Tedford, who ran highly touted QBs into the ground, Gould’s RB chain at Cal is unreal. Even ignoring the All-Pro talents like Lynch and Best, what he did with guys like Igber, Forsett, Ech, J.J….I mean come on.

    Add to that the fact that he’s a great guy, great recruiter, loves Cal, and is a loyal guy…and I’d be very disappointed not to see Coach Gould on the sidelines next season.

  • Cre8tivguy

    Has anyone ever asked Coach Gould why he didn’t play Brendan Bigelow more this season? I know Tedford got the question a million times and he always said it was Coach Gould’s decision, but Gould never seemed to ever get interview throughout the season. Curious about his thoughts on the matter. He’d probably just say it was Tedford’s call.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    I bet that coach is having a hard time in getting “Points to His Left Arm” and “Bags the Last 3 Games” to attend classes.

    For that matter, with the second lowest APR in the conference which borders on the same level as Mississippi State it looks as if the whole team is sandbagging it.

    “Social Welfare – is that even a major?”

  • Pasadena Dave

    I hope the new coach can retain coach Gould and coach M. M needs another year, year and a half to mold our oline into what we had during his first tenure with Cal. Of course this all depends on what type of offensive system the new head man brings in.

  • BlueNGold

    moron if you actually knew anything about social welfare or the program at Cal there might be one or two people here who were somewhat interested in your stupid comments. But you don’t, and there aren’t any, so your pointless, repetitious and wholly ignorant comments on the subject simply expose you for what you are – a clueless idiot.

  • Easy Ed

    Hey Cheeto Kid,

    “Daddy” is on the veranda at the Club drunk as a skunk. He challenged the bartender to a fight because he cut him off. Please make something out of your life so “Daddy” can stop drinking and complaining about his loser offspring.

  • Alaska Bear

    Why not Ron Gould head coach; he is class all the way.

  • Juancho

    Exactly right alaska.

    Type of guy one is proud to have in our program. Loved his quote about bleeding blue and gold.

  • Calbearister

    Dear MoronKiffinisStaying – isn’t it a bit ironic for a $UC fan to be talking academics? Name one academic program at your school ranked higher than Cal. Other than “filmmaking” of course, a horribly rigorous academic discpline I’m sure.

  • Easy Ed

    “Your School”? The Cheeto Kid has no “school”.