If Cal athletics is searching for money to stem the departures from football coach Jeff Tedford's staff, the funds won't come from the chancellor's office.
On Tuesday, after Eric Kiesau became the second Bears assistant in two days lured away by free-spending Washington, Cal Chancellor Robert Birgeneau told this newspaper that issues related to salaries of coaching aides do not reach his office.
Birgeneau said he wasn't alerted to the exit of defensive line coach and star recruiter Tosh Lupoi on Monday, nor does he expect to be.
"These decisions are made down at the level of Jeff Tedford," Birgeneau said. "Most of the time, I read about them in the newspaper. That's how I found out about (Lupoi).
"This is a strategic decision by the coach and athletic director on how they want to allocate their resources."
Tedford, in a statement, said "we exhausted all of our resources" in attempts to keep Lupoi and Kiesau on staff, adding they couldn't match outside offers and did not want to disrupt the salary structure of the football staff.
Athletic director Sandy Barbour, in a separate statement, suggested that supporters of the program tried stepping up to help. "We did all we were able to do to have (Lupoi and Kiesau) remain at Cal and appreciate our community's willingness to assist in that effort."
That same community stepped up last school year to help get five sports reinstated after the university announced they would be cut
Lupoi, 30, will receive about $500,000 per season to serve as defensive run game coordinator and defensive line coach at Washington, according to the Seattle Times. Other sources say he also will receive a boat from UW.
Kiesau, 39, had two stints totaling six years on Cal's staff, returning this past fall to serve as passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. He will become offensive coordinator at UW, replacing Doug Nussmeier, who took the same position at Alabama.
Both coaches left for substantially more money than the $164,000 each earned at Cal in 2011, according to figures provided in a USA Today report.
Cal has spent $321 million to retrofit and modernize Memorial Stadium and $151 million more to construct the new Simpson Student-Athlete High Performance Center that will serve football and 12 Olympic sports. All those funds were privately raised.
But Cal's total 2011 compensation for its assistant coaches of $1,570,000 ranked just seventh out of 10 Pac-12 teams in the USA Today database. (Stanford and USC, as private schools, are not required to report salary figures.) Only Arizona, Washington State and Arizona State were lower.
The staff changes seem likely to diminish a recruiting class the Bears hoped would rank among the top 10 nationally when letters of intent are signed Feb. 1. Five-star defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy of Monrovia decommitted Monday night, indicating he will sign with UCLA.
Two orally committed wide receiver prospects who were recruited to Cal by Kiesau -- Jordan Payton of Westlake Village in Southern California and Cedric Dozier of Lakewood, Wash. -- both said they have reopened the process.
And there was no word from Elk Grove two-way line star Arik Armstead, rated as the nation's No. 2 overall prospect by Scout.com. Armstead, who graduated from Pleasant Grove High in December, was expected to announce his decision by Monday and possibly enroll in classes at Cal on Tuesday, but all that changed when Lupoi left.