Cal has dismissed junior linebacker Chris McCain for ‘conduct detrimental to the team’, head coach Sonny Dykes announced on Sunday.
No details were given, though McCain was reportedly suspended by Dykes over the summer for academic issues.
McCain has 11 tackles and a forced fumble in three games this season for the Bears (he did not play in game two against Portland State due to injury). He had an excellent sophomore season, collecting 47 tackles, with 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, his long wingspan makes him tough to handle off the edge.
Losing McCain is a definite blow to a Cal defense that is already reeling. The Bears are ranked 121st nationally in total defense, surrendering an astounding 512 yards per game, and 125th in scoring defense, giving up 45 points per game.
Junior Kyle Kragen is next up in line to take McCain’s place. He has nine tackles and a sack so far this season.