Cal sent out a news release Saturday night with the "announcement" that the football program had added Jim Michalczik to its coaching staff. But that was hardly breaking news to anyone who had spent any time around the Bears' football offices the past couple weeks.
Truth be told, Michalczik has been on Cal's staff for awhile now, essentially since Tom Cable was let go as Raiders coach. Michalczik, the Bears' offensive line coach from 2002-08, was Cable's offensive line coach the past two seasons.
Because of the mystery that is UC bureaucracy, the school didn't make Michalczik's hiring official until Saturday night. What was at least somewhat newsworthy is that Michalczik won't return only as the Bears offensive line coach but also that he will be the team's offensive coordinator. But that development had also been widely speculated since Andy Ludwig left last month to become San Diego State's offensive coordinator.
There was some real news Saturday. Cal coach Jeff Tedford also announced former San Jose State quarterback Marcus Arroyo has been hired as quarterbacks coach. Arroyo, 31, spent the past two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Wyoming.
"I'm pleased to have been able to put our offensive coaching staff together in this structure," Tedford said in a statement. "We have a talented and experienced group of coaches on the offensive side of the ball that will work well together to provide effective strategy and leadership for
Tedford also announced running backs coach Ron Gould has been promoted to run game coordinator, meaning he will be more involved in game planning.
While Michalczik will be the offensive coordinator, Tedford plans to have much more influence on the offense than in recent years. He has already said he plans to work daily with Cal's quarterbacks, meaning Arroyo will be working collaboratively with the head coach.
It is undecided who will call the plays on game day. It could be Tedford, Michalczik, Gould or wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator Eric Kiesau.
By bringing back Michalczik, Tedford has surrounded himself with offensive assistant coaches with whom he has a history and trusts, something he will value when he is needed to focus on other aspects of the program.