Our new defensive line coach Todd Howard has an interesting connection to Arik Armstead: he offered him a scholarship back when Armstead was just a freshman. Will this play a role in Armstead's choice?
Arik Armstead is a wanted man, with scores of colleges providing a full-court press to talk to him, to visit him, to land his considerable football and basketball gifts. The 6-foot-8, 295-pound Pleasant Grove High School All-American lineman will entertain home visits in the coming days from the following schools:
* Cal (Bears have been on him since his freshman season, with football coach Jeff Tedford and basketball boss Mike Montgomery coming for home visits with more to come; new DL coach hire Todd Howard is interesting as Howard was the first to offer Armstead a scholarship - 3 years ago when Howard was at UCLA).
Said Arik, "I'll take my time and make the best decision. It got too rushed. We'll figure things out."
Armstead said Saturday that he does like Todd Howard, the new Cal defensive line coach and joked that he hoped the coach still remembered him. Son, he remembers.
After the jump Cal loses a tough game to Washington State and rugby's merciless campaign continues, as the ruggers have now outscored opponents 352-13 this year.
- Jeff Tedford announced the hiring of Todd Howard as the Bears' new defensive line coach.
- BearTerritory.net has more on the Howard-Armstead connection.
- Faraudo has a couple quotes from Howard.
- Bryan Anger was remarkably consistent in the East-West Shrine Game. He kicked punts of 59, 60, and 61 yards.
- Faraudo's game thread follows along in the back-and-forth game against Washington State. The Bears came up short this time, 77-75.
- Oakland Tribune recaps the Bears' loss.
- Four teams now have two losses in the conference standings.
- An underclassmen-led team defeated Santa Clara 83-7. Unfortunately, the Bears gave up their first try of the year.
- The 8th ranked Cardinal topped no. 5 Cal this weekend. The rivals are now 1-1 against each other this year.
- The women's team opened the season with a 16-6 win over Santa Clara.
- The second-ranked Cal women's team defeated no. 16 UC Davis 13-5.
- Eight members of the men's team were selected for the MPSF All-Academic team.
- The Bears competed in their first meet of the season. Angelica Weaver won the 400 meters while Hammed Suleman finished second in the triple jump.
- The men's team won 11 events in a 158-128 win over Arizona State.
- The 6th-ranked men's team lost 191-107 to top-ranked Arizona.
- The second-ranked women's team defeated ASU 169-114.
- The women's team defeated no. 5 Arizona 174-126.