Well, the reality is California football has no identity or brand. On the one hand it claims a rigorous curriculum and high standards, but on the other, it hold recruits to very low standards.
It's kind of like the program and the W-L record. Fans talk about Rose Bowls, but then they openly accept 7-5 or 8-4 seasons. It really doesn't matter who the head coach is, until standards are set and people are held accountable to them, there is no chance for excellence.
I've heard of California football players being suspended from team activities for not doing enough to stay eligible, but never heard of anyone being suspended for failing to meet a program standard higher than rock bottom minimums. Look at Zach Maynard, the Senior QB team leader. He fell way behind in credits toward graduation and there have been rumors he might in fact not be able to pass enough classes to stay eligible and may have to miss the first four games of 2012.
Maynard should be removed from the team until his academic progress is at an acceptable level so a message is sent to all players that they can't slack off and expect to play because California has higher standards than others. Instead, the lesson is just do enough to get by, we'll let you participate as you get your coursework done to get back to meeting minimum eligibility requirements. That enabling mentality permeates the entire program and leads to the acceptance of mediocrity across the board.