Cal alumni angered by the planned loss of baseball have targeted Title IX, but their wrath is misplaced. It should be directed at chancellor Robert Birgeneau and athletic director Sandy Barbour. Whether they were dissembling or just hadn’t done the math, they misled alumni who contributed to keep their favorite sports.Title IX is a good thing. In place since 1972, it gives women opportunities to play sports that hadn’t existed. Read More
The cuts in the Cal intercollegiate sports program can be traced to two factors: 1) The increasing costs in football; and 2) The effects of Title IX.
And, to make my position clear, I love college football and I’ve supported Title IX since its inception, at a time when that position was very unpopular with my male colleagues.
The model for years was that a successful football program could pay for the other sports, but that’s no longer true. Read More
Cal football coach Jeff Tedford has been making sweeping changes in his coaching staff, trying to rebound from his first losing season with the Bears.
Not all of the departures have been announced as firings, but you can be certain that those who have left voluntarily did so because they were encouraged to do so by Tedford.
The most significant moves are probably the departure of offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and offensive line coach Steve Marshall. Read More
After scoring six goals in West Catholic Athletic League play last season, good enough for second in the league, Celeste Boureille raised some eyebrows as a sophomore.
But the Sacred Heart Cathedral forward won’t be flying under anyone’s radar anymore, as she recently verbally committed to play collegiate soccer at Cal, amid a breakout junior season. Read More
Is Aaron Rodgers now the best quarterback in football? With Tom Brady and Peyton Manning both out of the playoffs, his only competition would seem to be Ben Roethlisberger.
Rodgers has never been considered in that category because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl and, in fact, has never been to one. Roethlisberger has won two. Read More
There are many reasons Jeff Tedford suffered his first losing season at Cal this fall, but none so big as the quarterback problem.
So the most important goal is finding a quarterback who can return the Bears to a bowl, where they are notably absent for the first time in eight years.
“We’re going to concentrate on finding that one guy in the spring, so we can work with him for the season,” Tedford said in a recent interview. Read More
Chris Polk scored on a 1-yard run as time expired, and Washington denied California bowl eligibility while keeping its own postseason hopes alive with a thrilling 16-13 victory Saturday. Read More
The other guy is getting the attention. A huge article on Jim Harbaugh in Sports Illustrated. Why not? Stanford has lost only one game. Stanford is ranked No. 7 in the nation.“I have a lot of respect for coach Harbaugh,” said Jeff Tedford.And two wins in three tries over Harbaugh.Fans get bored. Alumni get impatient. A few years ago, Tedford was the miracle worker, the man who took a Cal team that had been 1-11 and turned it around immediately to 7-5. Read More
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
During the Jeff Tedford era, the Cal football team often entered the season with lofty expectations.
In Tedford’s eight previous seasons coaching the Bears, the team was ranked in the preseason Top 25 six times.
However, 2010 is a different story as Cal is flying under the national radar. Read More