BERKELEY — Coach Lindsay Gottlieb is asking the players on the Cal women’s basketball team to press the mute button on all talking heads analyzing the squad as it heads into the NCAA Tournament. But she is making an exception for the opinion of one person: President Barack Obama. Read More
Jio Fontan scored 15 points including a pair of tiebreaking free throws with 6.9 seconds to play and USC pulled out a 71-69 victory over Stanford on Thursday night in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both schools.
Eric Wise added 14 points for USC (6-8). Four of the Trojans’ losses have come against schools that are currently among the top 20 in the nation including Minnesota, Illinois, San Diego State and New Mexico. Read More
Stanford faces its first road game when it plays a nationally televised game against Washington on Thursday.
More significantly, it will be the first road game for Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes. Nunes has been efficient, if not spectacular, in the Cardinal’s first three games, including the upset of Southern Cal. His best asset has been his poise, and it remains to be seen whether he can exhibit the same composure in a hostile environment. Read More
Oct. 13, 2011 was a night to forget for Cal quarterback Zach Maynard. He threw three interceptions and fumbled once en route to a 30-9 loss against Southern Cal.
But Maynard will get a chance for a do-over when the Bears (1-2) square off against the No. 13 Trojans (2-1) at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday at 3 p.m. Read More
The doubts about whether Stanford could remain a national power without Andrew Luck were dispelled with the Cardinal’s 21-14 upset of No. 2 USC on Saturday at Stanford Stadium.
“When you lose one of the best quarterbacks in history, people are going to doubt with good reason whether you can continue to do what you do,” said Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner, who had a sack and two tackles for losses. Read More
Heisman Trophy front-runner Matt Barkley is 0-3 against Stanford in his college career. But it’s a new season: No. 2 USC is playing for a national championship after two years of bowl ineligibility and Barkley’s former rival, Andrew Luck, is now calling signals in the NFL. Read More
The improvement Stanford showed in its second game of the season bodes well for the Cardinal in its big game against USC on Saturday.
The Cardinal will still be an underdog in its home game against the second-ranked Trojans, but at least Stanford resembled a ranked team in its 50-13 rout of Duke over the weekend at Stanford. That was not the case in the Cardinal’s opener, a surprisingly close 20-17 victory over San Jose State, a team Stanford was expected to handle easily. Read More
Cal is off to its first 0-3 conference start under coach Jeff Tedford, and a loss Saturday against Utah would mark another first for the Bears: the first four-game losing streak under Tedford.
Cal (3-3, 0-3 Pac-12 North) fell 30-9 to Southern Cal last week and Tedford felt it was more about the offense than the team’s defense.
“We didn’t put them in a good situation,” Tedford said. Read More
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh embellished his growing reputation for tense relations with competing coaches Sunday following a postgame skirmish with Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz. Read More
That’s it? The University of Southern Cal gets stripped of its 2004 BCS national championship, and satisfaction is a stroke of an eraser?
A blank line next to the 2004 national champion doesn’t end that season’s story. It isn’t satisfaction, and it doesn’t erase what went on that year. No way.
Fans of Cal football — the program that annually teased Rose Bowl possibilities during the early years of Jeff Tedford in Berkeley — deserve better. Read More