Football: Three freshmen not eligible for summer bridge program, could still join team in August

Three Cal freshmen defensive line signees were not eligible to report Friday for the start of the athletic department’s summer bridge  academic session, according to the school.

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley of Kennedy High in Richmond, defensive end Garrett Hughes of Centennial-Corona and defensive tackle Marcus Manley of Santa Monica Junior College all will miss the six-week program that begins Monday.

A Cal athletic department spokesman said the players’ absence from the summer bridge program does not mean they can’t become eligible in time to be on the roster when fall camp begins Aug. 5.

If none of the three get eligible, the Bears will take a big hit on their defensive front. McKinley is potentially a special talent, equipped with sprinter’s speed. Hughes comes from one of the state’s elite prep programs, and Manley is expected to arrive as a sophomore with three years of eligibility.

Kennedy coach Carl Sumler said McKinley is awaiting his latest test score and expects to be able to join the team this summer.

On the men’s basketball team, freshman forward Roger Moute a Bidias did not arrive in Berkeley on Friday, but will start the summer bridge program once he resolves a visa issue with his native Cameroon.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Uh oh.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Meet the new boss . . .

    You know, this would be a whole lot easier if we just scrapped all these silly academic requirements. 😉

  • Juancho

    This isnt a sonny decision. This is eligibility. Their grades are bad and they arent eligible to enroll at cal. I could be coach and they wouldnt be eligible. Tedford too.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Yes, but they were recruited, Juancho. There was talk about bringing in the players with an eye towards education . . .

    I’m hopeful the issues are because they have classes they never took which they need in order to be UC eligible (like a second year of lab science or something), but it’s hard to be optimistic when such an issue would likely be made public. Still can. Who knows?

  • 707 Bear

    Don’t look for any sympathy from the thousands of 4.0+ students who were denied admission so these genetic lottery winners could entertain us on fall Saturdays.

    Stories like this remind us how the low the bar can be lowered for certain “student-athletes.”

    Go Bears!

  • ConcordBear

    I expect at least 2 of these DL guys to keep working hard this summer and gain admission to UC for the fall.
    They will then redshirt their first year and focus on academics.
    We’ll see

  • Juancho

    Or theyll go to washington.

  • Juancho

    If they dont get eligible they would have to greyshirt. Which means they attend a local junior college until they gain eligibility to attend Cal. Or they sign with another school they qualify for.

    If theyre not eligible for fall kiss them goodbye. This is what happened with cecil whiteside initially, and i think 2 guys last year, willi fletcher and a d lineman whos name escapes me.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    What if we all just gave them our extra Units? I had a few extra, A’s even. I’m sure others do, too. Problem solved.

  • Juancho

    I can contribute some environmental studies units.

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    I recall reading an article in around May about McKinley and his sprinting accomplishments. Something about he does not test well, had been working very had on his SAT prep, and expected to pass.

    I’ve got 12 extra units from SDSU when I changed majors, will those work?