New uniforms are all the rage this offseason. Twenty-three FBS schools will debut new looks this season. Cal's uniforms engendered a mostly positive reaction, despite the questionable collar stripe and matte helmets. LostLettermen rated every set of new uniforms and gave Cal the highest marks in the nation.
Like Pac-12 rival Oregon State, Cal athletics underwent a program-wide rebranding this past spring. Unlike the Beavers, the Bears took a less-is-more approach to their football uniforms — much to our delight.
The numbers on the jerseys are bigger and more modern-looking than what Cal has sported in recent years. The same adjectives can be used to describe the new matte blue helmets, which feature a bigger script "Cal" decal on the sides than in previous years and mercifully do away with the funky-looking helmet stripe we had grown accustomed to seeing.
Our favorite aspect of the new threads is the manner in which Cal’s updated logo is woven into it. The new Bear appears in watermark-like form on the players’ numbers (very cool) and can also be seen on the outside of the shoulders and on the pants.
While they're not perfect, they're certainly better than redesigns we've seen at fellow Pac-12 schools UCLA and Arizona.
- Jason Kidd made his coaching debut at the Orlando Summer League. His Nets lost 67-76 and Kidd received a technical foul for leaving the coaches' box.
- The women's team faces UConn on Dec. 22nd in a premiere matchup at the Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden.
- Reshanda Gray scored 8 points on 4-for-4 shooting as Team USA opened the World University Games with a 120-32 win over Russia.
- Michael Kim posted the strongest finish of the three Cal alumni at the Greenbrier Classic stop of the PGA Tour. Kim finished tied for 38th, ahead of James Hahn (41st) and Charlie Wi (54th).