...would still cause temporary blindness if its sap gets in your eye. So let's keep the poinsettia champagne cocktails away from Oksi, okay?
In case you missed it, Cal has accepted an invitation to the Poinsettia Bowl where it will play Utah on Wednesay, December 23rd at 5pm.
Here's a sampling of what Tedford had to say in today's press conference.
On how the relatively short time until the Poinsettia Bowl affects preparation and schedules
"It makes it pretty tight. There's a lot going on. There's finals, there's recruiting weekends, there's home visits that need to be made. What this does, it takes away a recruiting weekend, so we have to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time and so that makes it very challenging. Preparation for the game, we should be fine. I don't remember the dates as of right now, but this week we're going out recruiting. Next weekend, we have practice, which will be a generic practice, offense vs. defense. Then we will game plan through the first of that next week, practice starting on, I believe, Wednesday, that will go through until Saturday, and then I think our departure date is Saturday if I'm not mistaken, and so we will practice down there Saturday, Sunday, and then the game is on Wednesday, and we'll get a practice on Monday."
On the travel itinerary and practices after arrival in San Diego
"Most likely we'll fly out early that morning [Saturday], get there, get organized in the hotel, and then practice there. But we're trying to tighten those things down right now to see if those are absolute times."
On the use of Isi Sofele as a kick returner against Washington and whether he filled that role because of any injury to Jeremy Ross
"J-Ross was dinged up and Shane [Vereen was] dinged up, and so we were trying some different depth there. We put [Chris] Conte back there as well because Isi was banged up through the week as well, so last week, going into the game, we had quite a few questions of who was going to do what because we had quite a few guys banged up. He did a great job, it was very promising."
On the results of Best's examination in Pittsburgh
"That was all positive. I think they're looking toward having Jahvid do some working out this week, whatever the extent of that, I don't know, and I think it's completely on how he feels from day to day on how much he will do. The feedback I got from the medical staff was that he can start progressing and doing some physical activity, but I don't think anyone knows how he's going to respond until he does it."
After the jump we have plenty of recaps for you sadists who want to relive last night's game. To put you in a better mood, I have plenty of stories on men's basketball's great win last night, volleyball's impressive march through the NCAA tournament, and more.
- Last night's loss created even more confusion about this team. Naturally, Riley said he was very frustrated, and Vereen suggested that they overlooked Washington (how you can overlook a team with a top-ten draft pick is beyond my understanding). Daily Cal recaps the loss. JO also recaps the loss.
- While many fans will remember the 8-4 record, SFGate says many will also remember being outscored 145-30 in four lopsided losses.
- After the football team was dismantled in Seattle, Monty's team gave Cal fans a reason to go to bed smiling. With an 82-63 win, Monty says his team is starting "to get our swagger back." From PC's 20 points to Amoke's domination on the boards to Max Zhang's block party (and did you hear his roar in the first half?!), this win helped make up for football's performance. NBA scouts from 10 different teams who came to watch ISU's Craig Brackins saw him repeatedly frustrated by Zhang.
- While not as thorough as his usual game threads (due to print deadlines), Farudo's game thread is a good barometer for last night's game.
- In his post-game quotes, Monty seemed very pleased with Cal's performance. He said they were playing with more energy than they had in recent games and believes they are starting to break out of their mini-slump.
- The women took care of business too, routing Colorado St 78-44. Boyle was pleased with their second-half adjustments as well as the defensive pressure they applied. Today they narrowly lost to no. 7 Texas A&M. Too many turnovers and missed free throws kept the Bears from notching an impressive upset.
- The ninth-seeded Cal women's volleyball team put an end to Lipscomb's 25-game winning streak and knocked them out of the tournament by sweeping them in three sets. They followed that up with a win over Ohio St, which sends them to the Gainesville Regional semifinal next weekend with a matchup against Baylor on Friday.