Quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Kevin Riley had big days Saturday against inferior opponents. Their performances when the competition gets stiffer will be the critical element for their respective teams.
Luck was virtually flawless, completing 17-of-23 passes for 316 yards and four touchdowns in Stanford’s 52-17 romp over Sacramento State. Read More
Three keys to Cal's season:
1. Cal rose to as high as No. 6 in the polls last season, before plummeting back to earth and closing the season at 8-5. It seems to be an all-but-too familiar tale for the Bears. Read More
At Cal, the picture is going to shrink. At Stanford, the bar is going to be kept in place. And at San Jose State, well, when the new coach’s first game is at Alabama, what can anyone do other than muddle through? Read More
Having Cal play its 2011 football season at AT&T Park will be good for the Giants’ bottom line, but it is a bad move for both teams.
Here are some of the obvious problems:
- The Cal football season will start in late August or early September, while the Giants are playing in the regular season. The Giants may very well be in the postseason, too, in October. Read More
WANTED: Vocal leaders. Contact Cal football coach Jeff Tedford.
Each spring, after the conclusion of spring drills, Tedford interviews all of his players individually, for 15 minutes.
“I feel like a doctor,” he said when we met in his office. “Next!”
Lately, Tedford has noticed an interesting phenomenon: Few players want to be vocal leaders. “They’ll say, ‘I lead by example,’” Tedford noted.
Why? Read More
Strong recruiting classes by Cal and Stanford this week make it seem that the road to the Rose Bowl will soon run through the Bay Area.
Of course, there’s still the USC monster and the Trojans had the best class in the conference. No surprise. Lane Kiffin was the recruiting coordinator before he started his coaching odyssey through the Raiders and Tennessee, but Kiffin has yet to show he can coach as well as he can recruit. Read More
For Cal supporters who wonder what happened to the Bears this season, I’d suggest an answer: the Pac-10 Conference.
For a number of reasons — geographical alignment, concentration of population and media east of the Mississippi, biased perceptions — the Pac-10 conference is underrated nationally, but top to almost bottom, it’s very strong. Read More
So Tiger Woods finally hints that he has not been faithful to his wife. With the tabloids in a feeding frenzy, what choice did he really have? What’s more amazing is that Tiger was able to keep his alleged trysts under wraps for this long. But before you demonize the man, consider the life of the world’s most celebrated athlete. Read More
Because Jeff Tedford learned from his mistakes, Cal is on the road to a possible 10-win season.
Tedford has always been a coach who cares about his players, academically and athletically. I’ve often seen him talking to individual players after practice about their academics and lives on campus. He’s made certain there won’t be a repeat of academically ineligible players in games, which had Cal on NCAA probation in his first year. Read More
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour was as giddy as a schoolgirl giving a national newspaper columnist a tour of Memorial Stadium and the new Athletic Performance Center under construction Tuesday afternoon.
Before he took part in his growing list of radio and TV interviews, Cal coach Jeff Tedford was corralled outside the football office by a Los Angeles sportswriter eager to get the inside word on Jahvid Best. Read More