It’s difficult to predict how an assistant coach will do when he becomes a head coach, as Dennis Allen is set to do for the Raiders, and even a glimpse of Raiders history doesn’t help much.
John Madden and Tom Flores prospered, but they were given talent-laden teams. Mike Shanahan didn’t last out a season, but that was partly because he was trying to put in an offensive system Al Davis hated. Read More
Losing five seniors and being led by seven underclassmen would normally have a negative effect on wins, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for the Westmoor High School girls’ basketball team.
“I knew I had an outstanding crop of freshmen coming in,” Westmoor’s fourth-year coach Jorge Gama said. “I’m very excited, the most excited I’ve been in my four years. [It’s] not too much of a down year.” Read More
The NFL sure knows how to ruin a holiday family reunion.
Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday, will be leaving the stadium before kickoff Thursday so they can privately agonize over their sons’ Thanksgiving coaching duel.
Meanwhile, most every other football fan will be choosing sides in this fascinating spectacle of big bro’ meets kid bro’. Read More
As the BCS rankings came out for the first time Sunday, one thing was clear: Stanford was not getting help from the computers.
The Cardinal (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12 North) placed eighth in the BCS rankings, but with two high-profile games on the horizon that ranking could change quickly.
The first comes Saturday when No. 22 Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12 North) comes into Stanford Stadium having won three in a row and scoring at least 30 points in every game this season. Read More
Admit it, you didn’t want Alex Smith back as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. Not this year. Not last.
Let’s clear the air about the transformation we’ve witnessed. Not just in Smith, but in 49ers fans. Talk about letting bygones be bygones.
When Smith steps under center this morning at Ford Field in Detroit, the Niner Nation will be rooting for him to succeed. That hasn’t always been the case the past few years. Read More
When George Rush became City College of San Francisco coach at the age of 29, he was believed to be the youngest head football coach in California. Read More
Welcome to chance No. 3 for Alex Smith and the 49ers’ offensive unit to earn the trust of their new coach.
They clearly don’t have it yet, and, unfortunately, going into this morning’s game in Cincinnati against the Bengals, that fact has already cost this team one victory.
Chalk it up to the short preseason. Or the fact that Jim Harbaugh is still getting to know his players in person. Or Alex Smith’s history. Read More
Ready, set, go. Only forget the ready, set.
It’s full speed ahead into the next era of 49ers football, on display for the first time this afternoon at Candlestick Park. No learning curve allowed for Jim Harbaugh in his debut as an NFL coach.
That’s because today’s game against the Seattle Seahawks is the first must-win of the year for Harbaugh and the 49ers. This begins a three-game, season-opening set that this team has to make the most of. Read More
The Half Moon Bay girls’ volleyball team broke through years of mediocrity last season, reaching the Central Coast Section playoffs for the first time in four years, and now seeks to repeat its success.
“The team fell right in the middle of the pack,” second-year Half Moon Bay coach Chelsea Muth said of the past few seasons. “They know now what it takes to be a champion, the work it takes. [We have] a great deal of momentum going into this year,” Muth said. Read More
When most people think about giving gifts, something like a scarf or a gift card comes to mind, but no gift could replace the one USF baseball coach Nino Giarratano gave to his father last week.
Giarratano and his father, Mickey, went into surgery at Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver on July 11 for a kidney transplant, a procedure that would change Mickey’s life forever. Read More