Jahvid Best Reportedly Joins Cal Football's Coaching Staff as Student Assistant

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2014

Jahvid Best is heading back to school.

The former standout running back at California will be joining the Golden Bears coaching staff as a student assistant, per Rivals. During his time on the staff, Best will look to finish his degree, according to the report.

Best was a superstar running back during his days in the California backfield. He tore up opposing defenses in the Pac-12 and finished with 2,668 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns on the ground in his collegiate career.

In the 2008 season alone, Best tallied 1,580 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He also sprinkled in 246 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air and averaged nearly nine yards per touch.

As a Golden Bear, Best led the Pac-12 in rushing in 2008 and set the school record for most all-purpose yards in a single season (2,247) and most rushing yards in a game (311).

Best was taken in the first round of the NFL draft after his days at Cal, but his career with the Detroit Lions was ultimately cut short by concussions. He had a promising rookie season with 555 rushing yards and 487 receiving yards but only played in six games in 2011 and never saw the field after that.

As a student assistant, Best will look to improve a California squad that finished an abysmal 1-11 in the 2013 season. To make matters worse, the Golden Bears did not win a Pac-12 game and lost to archrival Stanford, 63-13.

Best can certainly only help the situation.

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