Following the weekend trip up to Oregon, California junior defensive end Chris McCain has been dismissed from the Bears football team due to conduct detrimental to the team, head coach Sonny Dykes announced Sunday.
According to several sources, there was a precipitating incident during the game against Oregon, but the dismissal was due to a pattern of behavior.
McCain had, during the summer, challenged then head strength and conditioning coach Mike Blasquez to a fight on the 50-yard line because he felt he was "disrespected."
McCain was also at the heart of several on-field dust-ups during the course of 2013 fall camp.
Following a very difficult academic turnaround for the 6-foot-6 defender out of Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford, McCain was ejected from Cal's season opener against Northwestern for targeting, but the attendant one-game suspension was later reversed.
McCain, however, did not play against Portland State, anyway, because of lingering issues from a head injury suffered during the week of practice, though he did not show any such effects during the week leading up to the game.
Former players have told BearTerritory that McCain's "act" of leaving a game injured and then suddenly returning in the same game in order to play the hero, "got old" very quickly.
McCain had 11 tackles in three games this season, and was a four-star recruit in the 2010 class, signing with childhood friends and fellow North Carolinians Keenan Allen, Gabe King and Zach Maynard, after having committed to the Ducks in 2009.
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