"It’s definitely not fair, especially when you’ve got a coach like Lupoi, who is so young and close to our age and able to connect to our generation," redshirt sophomore defensive end Gabe King said after practice Tuesday. "It’s hard to move to a guy that’s a lot older. At first we had to warm up a little bit because we were bitter. We lost Coach and no one knew we were going to lose him.
"But the adjustment wasn’t too hard. We’re warming up really well. Coach Howard understands that it took time. He just keeps coming full force with embracing us as his players. That’s all that really matters."
"He’s definitely more of a father figure than Tosh. He brings a lot of wisdom to the table because of his age," the 6-foot-5, 293-pounder from Burlington, N.C., said. "He’s very good at telling stories and vividly connecting it to football. It’s really amazing. For me, it’s almost like a remembering mechanism. He’s really good at that."
Howard’s resume, including three seasons as a starting linebacker at Texas A&M and two years playing in the NFL, has practical benefits.
"He brings a rather advanced technique with hand-to-hand combat," King said. "A bunch of little disengaging techniques."
King’s favorite is called The Forklift, and involves grabbing the offensive lineman’s wrists and shooting them upward to disengage.
"Every O-lineman . . . their role is to grab and hold," King said. "The Forklift is very effective. You’ve just got to master it, you’ve got to be able to wrap your brain around it at full speed."
After the jump spring practice kicks off, both basketball teams compete in the NCAA tournament, and women's swimming brings home a national championship!
- During the first day of spring practice Zach Maynard was a completely different quarterback compared to the version of Maynard from the beginning of last year's spring ball.
- Faraudo checks in after day three of spring ball. Zach Maynard missed practice to attend a study group. Tedford spoke about his expectations for his running backs, including an increase in importance of the roles of Darren Ervin and Brendan Bigelow.
- Faraudo reports from the Bears' first practice session in pads. Maynard missed another practice to focus on academics, so Bridgford got another practice's worth of first team reps. Tedford mentioned that Joel Willis has changed positions from defensive back to wide receiver. CalBears.com has a video interview with Tedford.
- Keenan Allen and his doctor are confident that he'll return in time for summer camp. Allen had his ankle surgery two weeks ago and will begin rehab in about three weeks.
- Quarterback Jared Goff committed to the Bears over the weekend.
- Michael Calvin was brilliant during Cal's pro day. He ran a 4.32 which would have been the fastest time at the NFL Combine. Ernest Owusu also shined in front of the scouts. He posted 39 reps in the bench press drill.
- The women's season came to an end against a tough Notre Dame team. The Bears fought valiantly but fell 73-62. CalBears.com recaps the game. The Bears kept pace during the first half but were doomed by questionable fouls and turnovers during the second half.
- In typical fashion, the Bears dominated the boards to win their opener in the NCAA tournament. Cal topped Iowa 84-74.
- Coach Gottlieb looks forward to the 2012-13 season, as the Bears do no lose a single player to graduation. Coach Muffet of Notre Dame told Gottlieb before the game that she'll have a top-ten team next season.
- Faraudo's live thread follows that ugly, ugly disaster against South Florida. The Bulls built a 15-3 lead and never looked back.
- While the season did not end on a high note, Mike Montgomery will receive a much-deserved contract extension.
- Caitlyn Leverenz and Liv Jensen won individual championships to help the Bears finish first after day one of the NCAA Championships. The Bears also won the 400 yard medley.
- Cindy Tran and Sara Isakovic brought home individual championships in Friday's events at the NCAA Championships. Cal also won the title in the 200 yard medley relay.
- During day three Caitlyn Leverenz won the 200 yard breaststroke to help the Bears secure their third national title in four years.
- Leverenz won the Muscle Milk Student Athlete of the Week award. She also won the NCAA Swimmer of the Meet Award for her stellar performances during the NCAA Championships.
- Caitlyn Leverenz and Coach Teri McKeever talk about bringing another NCAA championship home to Berkeley.
- CalBears.com interviews Mathias Gydesen as he and the men's team prepare for this weekend's NCAA Championships.
- Speaking of the men's team, Cal leads after the first two days of the NCAA Championships.
- No. 2 Cal opened Pac-12 play with a five-HR onslaught and a 9-0 win over 9th-ranked Stanford
- Cal opened its trip to Hawaii with a 3-0 win over no. 21/22 Texas A&M.
- The Bears' assault on the state of Texas continued with a 6-3 win over the sixth-ranked Longhorns.
- The 23-game winning streak came to an end in the 10th inning against no. 2 Hawaii.
- Cal bounced back with a 1-0 win over Marist.
- Cal wrapped up play in Honolulu with a 7-1 win over Winthrop.
- Three Bears hit homers as Cal defeated Princeton 8-0 in a mercy victory.
- The Bears dropped both games in a doubleheader against no. 19 Oregon State.
- Oregon State completed with sweep with a 13-5 win over Cal. The Bears have now lost four straight.
- The Bears broke the streak with a 4-3 win over USF.
- But Cal's Pac-12 losing streak reaches four, as the Bears drop the series opener at No. 14 Arizona State