WELCOME BACK @J4hvidBest! Back to finish his degree & serve as a student asst coach! #CalFamily @CalFootball pic.twitter.com/j7u7KRCNCf— Cal Bears (@CalAthletics) February 20, 2014
It's so good to have Jahvid Best back at Berkeley. One of our favorite Golden Bears has officially come home as a student assistant. Jeff Faraudo reports that Best is fully healed.
"My health is fine," he said Thursday during an informal media gathering to announce his return to school as a student and part-time coach. "I have no issues that are dragging on. It's good that I left the game healthy. That's very important to me."
He also made no comment on his ongoing lawsuit with the NFL.
Best's official capacity on this new coaching staff is student assistant coach. For those wondering what a student assistant coach does, let’s take a look at NCAA Bylaw 11.01.4. Basically Best will not receive any compensation or remuneration outside of financial aid, and he can’t be involved in contacting and evaluating prospects off campus or scouting opponents of campus. He also cannot be involved in recruiting coordination functions.
Jahvid still has about 15 units left to complete his degree, which probably means he will be here at least a few semesters to try and complete everything (at least two, maybe three). Best will then have to decide on his next step and whether he wants to continue pursuing coaching. The earliest quotes are promising, and kudos to Dykes and Ingram for having the foresight to bring him onto the newest incarnation of his coaching staff.
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