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Eddie Vanderdoes punch: Pac-12 will not suspend him for Cal vs. UCLA

His suspension could make a huge difference to the beleaguered Cal offensive line.

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UPDATE: Vanderdoes has not been suspended. He will play.

UCLA's defense has been a bit of a schizophrenic unit this season. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad. Sometimes they rise to the occasion, sometimes they can't stop anyone.

One of those players is Eddie Vanderdoes (former Cal recruiting target), who has become a mainstay on the UCLA defensive line. Vanderdoes is eighth on the team in tackles and second in tackles for loss, so figure for him to be a big disruptor inside. He's also an occasional goal-line running back, rushing for a touchdown against Utah two weeks back.

But he threw a punch in last week's Oregon game and was assessed a 15 yard personal foul penalty. This is the only video I could find (via the Score).

Jim Mora has already said he will not discipline Vanderdoes any further.

Mora will not punish Vanderdoes. And if he changes his mind, the punishment will be kept in-house and won't be made public.

"The official came over and told me he saw him throw a punch," Mora said. "I talked to Eddie immediately. We address those things immediately. It's not something we condone."

He simply shrugged the rest of it off by saying, "it happens."

The Pac-12 is reviewing his case.

Now, UCLA is pretty deep in talent. But the Bruins are not particularly deep at defensive end; Vanderdoes's backups are Eli Ankou (a young breakout star who is still grasping the fundamentals of football) and Matt Dickerson (a true freshman who has only one assisted tackle on the year). I'd guess UCLA might just throw DT Ellis McCarthy out there as Vanderdoes's replacement and move to a hybrid 3-4/4-3 look with an OLB substituting as the DE.

But the Pac-12 still has yet to decide whether to suspend him. Will they? It's really up to the discretion of the conference, who haven't been consistent with their judgments on disciplinary issues. Leonard Williams threw a punch in a melee two years ago and was not suspended, but he had been ejected for the game. Vanderdoes was not ejected, but allowed to finish the Oregon game.

It's already Tuesday, so you'd imagine a decision is coming today, if at all.