The way Torry McTyer talks about his commitment to California, you'd think the Golden Bears lost a graduate assistant, not a head coach. His stance on the matter is hard and unwavering. The commitment he made to Cal is solid. No looking around. No other visits. No sense of doubt. The words he uses are strong.
"I'm 100-percent Cal," he said on Wednesday. "No matter who the coach is, I'm on board. I just want to get there and get Cal back to the winning ways they had for a long time. Doesn't matter to me who is coaching."
McTyer says he hasn't been contacted by anyone associated with the school since news of the coaching change broke. The plan was for Cal assistant Ron Gould to attended his playoff game this Friday, but it's unclear whether or not that will happen in lieu of head coach Jeff Tedford's dismissal.
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Still, as uncertain as the future of Cal seems to be, McTyer's outlook is as stable as ever. He just assumes move past it. Whoever is hired is hired. The Las Angeles Cathedral senior seriously has no preference whatsoever. He'll wear a Cal uniform regardless of who is calling the plays.
To him, that's all that matters. This is blind faith in its purest form.
"They recruited me as an athlete, so I'm not even sure what side of the ball I'm going to play on," he said. "I've seen the coaching rumors, but I don't even really have preference. My main thing is just to get there and get on the field. I'm really excited about it."
With an unofficial visit to Cal already behind him, the only other trip on the docket is a simple return to Berkley.
"I took an unofficial to Cal, but I want to take my official," McTyer said. "We don't have a scheduled date. I'm assuming that will happen as soon as the new coaches get there. It'll let me meet them face to face."
In fitting with the larger theme, McTyer does not have a preference as to which position he plays upon his arrival at Cal, saying only that he will accept whatever role the new regime decides to give him.