Even though the California Golden Bears don’t currently know who their next Head Coach will be, they’re still going strong on the recruiting trail.
The Bears fired Head Coach Jeff Tedford after 11 seasons at the helm. Tedford endured a 3-9 season this year, his worst by far, and only the second losing season he’s ever had. Now the Bears are looking for his replacement. Fortunately for the program, the assistant coaches are recruiting for their jobs right now, and running backs coach Ron Gould is leading the charge.
Gould is known as an excellent recruiter, and an even better running backs coach. He’s been responsible for eight 1,000 yard rushers since he’s been at Cal. Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks), Justin Forsett (Houston Texans), Jahvid Best (Detroit Lions) and Shane Vereen (New England Patriots) are all former disciples of Gould still in the NFL.
Now Gould might have found his next protégé with the recent commitment of Khalfani Muhammad.
Muhammad is the star running back from the elite Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
The diminutive back lacks size (5’8” 174lbs), but more than makes up for it with his world class speed. Muhammad is a California state champion sprinter in both the 100 and 200 yard dashes. His winning times were a blazing 10.52 and 21.15 seconds, and that was while running into the wind.
Why the Bears? The academics certainly didn’t hurt, but the opportunity to learn under Gould was the key selling point. If the new coach that’s brought in decides not to keep Gould, then Muhammad might change his mind. But I doubt Gould will be let go. He’s simply too good of a coach and recruiter. Continuing to sign talented players like Muhammad certainly won’t hurt his chances.