Earlier this month, the California department of intercollegiate athletics applied for a waiver with the NCAA to count the Grambling State win among the six required for bowl eligibility in the Football Bowl Subdivision, but that waiver will not be needed. BearTerritory has confirmed that the Cal football team is bowl eligible, regardless of the outcome of Saturday's game against Arizona State.
Cal spokesman Wes Mallette confirmed that Cal has spoken with the NCAA, and Grambling has indeed met all the requirements.
"We've heard from the NCAA, and from Grambling, and Grambling has met the 90 percent financial aid requirement for the rolling two-year average," Mallette said. "In short, the win over Grambling counts towards bowl eligibility."
Grambling's scholarship numbers over the past two seasons had been scrutinized by the NCAA Football Oversight Committee for failing to meet the 90% average required of FCS programs in order for wins over them by Football Bowl Subdivision teams to count towards the six wins necessary for bowl eligibility.
Every season, FBS teams are allowed to count one win against Football Championship Subdivision competition towards their six-game bowl eligibility total. However, those FCS schools must have awarded -- on average -- at least 90% of the 63 scholarships allotted to them under FCS rules, during a rolling two-year period (for this season, meaning the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons). As of Wednesday, BearTerritory has learned, that threshold has been determined to have been met. Cal had applied for a waiver with the NCAA in the event Grambling's numbers were not up-to-snuff, but that waiver now is not needed.