Golden Nuggets: Viliami "Tiny" Moala Chooses Cal to Stay Close to Family

During yesterday's US Army All-American Bowl, Viliami Moala announced that he'll be joining the Bears this year.  Staying close to his family was a big factor in his decision.  Although he still has a couple visits planned, he appears unwavering in his commitment to Cal.

"I'm doing this for my mom, so I can stay for the home cooked meals," Moala said, as he picked the Cal hat off the table.
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For Moala, it's been about family all along. With cousin Nu'u Tafisi having played alongside Tiny's future defensive line coach and primary recruiter Tosh Lupoi, it's always been about blood.

"But, I think I came down to Cal as my final decision because of my father," Moala said. "His lifespan is not so much, because he's really unhealthy right now, and if anything happens, I can just shoot right over to Sacramento, and it's just an hour drive. I don't have to get a plane ticket or anything."

Moala said that he will still take his official visit to Oregon State with his Sacramento (Calif.) Grant teammates Darryl Paulo and Puka Lopa, but only for moral support.

"I'm still going to go, just because I promised, and I'm not about to break a promise to a teammate," Moala said. "I'm not going to switch. No, sir."

After the jump the men's team holds off ASU and has a good laugh on the plane, the women's team routs Arizona, and Eric Kiesau looks forward to coaching for Cal again.

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