Football: Notes as a new year approaches

Cal defensive tackle Deandre Coleman has accepted an invitation to play in the 89th East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The game will be telecast on the NFL Network, beginning at 1 p.m. PST.

The East-West Shrine Game, once held annually at Stanford, has spawned 62 Pro Football Hall of Famers and 52 current pros.

Coleman also is scheduled to play in the Jan. 25 Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The NFL Network will show that game, too, beginning at 1 p.m.


The coaching staffs at Washington and USC are taking shape, and one-time Cal assistant Tosh Lupoi won’t be  a part of either.

Lupoi, being investigated by the NCAA after a Los Angeles Times report alleged he gave money to a Washington recruit to pay for tutoring, has been reassigned within the UW athletic department to an unnamed role.

One-time Cal assistant Justin Wilcox, defensive coordinator at UW, will join Steve Sarkisian in the same role at USC.

Likewise, Marques Tuiasosopo, who served as Washington’s interim head coach for the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park, was hired by Sarkisian as associate head coach offense.

New UW coach Chris Petersen has completed his staff with eight assistants who worked with him at one time or another at Boise State. Among them: assistant head coach/linebackers coach Bob Gregory, who served as Cal’s defensive coordinator 2002-2009.


Washington junior running back Bishop Sankey, who rushed for a school-record 1,870 yards and scored 20 touchdowns, has declared for the NFL draft. No surprise there.

Jeff Faraudo