Faraudo recently had a chance to speak with our new WR coach Wes Chandler. While I still do not know much about his coaching results on the field, I am very pleased with how he describes his coaching philosophy.
You spent a long time as a pro player and coach. The college game is totally different. Talk about how will you adapt:
"First of all, when I retired, the first opportunity I had in coaching was at the high school level, at a private prep school in Daytona Beach. The following year I was the head coach and athletic director. When I got the opportunity to coach at Central Florida, it gave me enough that I could say I took a lot away from being able to reach out to these young men. They’re hungry and looking for someone who can help them become the best player they can be. Or, if not, (give) them necessary tools to be successful in life.
"You coach the game the same way. You never waver from the basic fundamentals of teaching the game. You have to have patience with these players. They have have to be academically eligible to participate. When I was athletic director not one of the sports programs was allowed to pick up a ball until they had a one-hour tutorial. Today’s athletes have to study history or they become hustory.
"You never want to take away their dream. They believe they can become the next Jerry Rice, the next DeSean Jackson. There’s also a price to pay and that’s the classroom. You have to have communication with these young men. Not only are you their technician, but also a friend."
Talk about your work in recent years coaching elite-level high school prospects and even younger players with Football University:
"Sometimes people get caught up in the hype that this guy played pro football. But the things I’m able to teach I didn’t read about. It’s my true life experience. I do talk about not just the good things, but the things I had to learn. I wasn’t born with the greatest gifts in the world. I had to work at it. Football is just as much mental as it is physical. It goes back to becoming a student of the game."
How do you feel about the modern tools of recruiting . . . social media, Twitter, Facebook?
"The digital age of communication with people is huge. We see it in politics and, more importantly, we see it in football. At the end of the day, it’s about being able to sit down in front of a young man and his family and talk about the game of life. Not do it on the phone, not text him `Hello.’ Let them hear that come out of your mouth instead of reading it. There’s a tremendous difference. I can respect (social media). But the people who take advantage of the key recruiting aspects, they do it in person."
That last answer seals the deal. I'm all aboard the Chandler Train.
After the jump, good triumphs over evil as both Bears basketball teams send Washington home with a loss.
- Faraudo briefly spoke with Tedford about the departures of Lupoi and Kiesau.
- As the lead of this post should make abundantly clear, four-time Pro-Bowler Wes Chandler has joined the Bears as a WR coach. Uncle Ted has more on the new hire.
- Ted Miller fans the flames and addresses Cal fans' anger towards how Tosh Lupoi left the program.
- The Bears' recruiting class has fallen from 8th to 11th in ESPN's rankings.
- Bryan Anger is Mel Kiper's second-rated punter in the draft, behind Drew Butler of Georgia.
- Isi Sofele is an honorable mention for Ted Miller's choice as most improved Pac-12 player on offense.
- Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz will play in the Senior Bowl.
- Faraudo couldn't catch the game live, but his game thread is just as packed with information as ever. Never quite able to put the Huskies away, the Bears held on to a 69-66 win.
- Thurman's career-high 16 points played a big role in giving the Bears an early lead.
- Oakland Tribune recaps the win.
- Monty talks about the decision not to foul on the final possession.
- CalBears.com has an unusually entertaining batch of photos. Photos 4, 5, 6, and 9 would be worthy of a caption contest.
- The Bears have climbed into sole possession of first place thanks to the Cougs' win over Stanford.
- The Bears' flight to Pullman has been canceled and they are not currently sure how they will get there.
- Richard Solomon has been ruled ineligible for this season.
- The women's team opened up a 15-4 lead and cruised to victory over the Huskies.
- The gameplan to shut down Regina Roberts was a success.
- Ryan Anderson is having a breakout season.