BERKELEY, Calif. – California sophomore linebacker Cecil Whiteside will not play this season after being declared academically ineligible.
“He was academically ineligible after the spring”, Cal head coach Jeff Tedford said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “He really hasn’t been in the plans.”
Tedford said Whiteside is still with the Bears going forward. Whiteside was dismissed from the program in May for a violation of team rules, but was reinstated at the end of July.
As a true freshman coming out of Newport Beach (Calif.) Newport Harbor, Whiteside started three games in 2010 and appeared in seven others, finishing with 17 tackles, four tackles for loss, three sacks, and two forced fumbles. However, he was giving ground to fellow sophomores Chris McCain and Brennan Scarlett in spring practice and likely would have been a backup behind those two and redshirt junior Dan Camporeale.
Whiteside can redshirt this season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Dan Greenspan is the publisher of Cal Sports Digest and covers the Pac-12 for Fox Sports/Scout.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanGreenspan.