About the time Kiffin was in Placer County, Cal coach Jeff Tedford was in Elk Grove visiting Thundering Herd offensive lineman Steven Moore. Tedford had one eye on the Packers-Giants game, twisting with every dropped Aaron Rodgers pass, and the other on the 6-7 Moore, who was as impressed with Tedford as the coach was with his recruit. Moore said he can't wait to play for the Bears.
Later Sunday, Tedford and assistant Tosh Lupoi stopped by the home of Grant star Shaq Thompson and visited Pleasant Grove ace lineman Arik Armstead. Tedford and Lupoi already had a verbal commitment from Thompson, and the coaches had hoped to inch closer to getting one from Armstead.
In an example of how transient college football can be for coaches and how fast things can change for prospects, consider what happened Monday morning. Lupoi left Cal for Pacific-12 Conference rival Washington to be its defensive-line coach and boost its recruiting efforts. The result was like a seismic ripple felt across the region.