So, yesterday sucked.
Cal (14–5, 5–1 Pac-12) somehow someway lost to USC (10–9, 1–5 Pac-12). What?!
"They beat us in every phase of the game," Cal head coach Mike Montgomery said. "We were a step behind all night. They beat us to the point of attack. Defensively, we were abysmal."
"Not to take anything away from them," Cal senior guard Justin Cobbs said, "but I obviously think we're a better team than they are."
"We got pretty self-satisfied with ourselves," Montgomery said of his team's attitude after a 5-0 conference start. "Kids didn't recognize why we won some games.
"The interesting thing about it is the people SC has lost to, we have not played yet. We've got all those people ahead of us."
In better news that doesn't really make up for the suckiness that is January 22, we have a defensive coordinator!
Art Kaufman, who has developed some of the top defenses in the country at multiple stops over his 32-year collegiate career, has agreed to become the Golden Bears' defensive coordinator. Kaufman has 12 seasons of experience as a defensive coordinator at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level, serving in the role at Cincinnati, North Carolina, Mississippi and Texas Tech. He was nominated for the prestigious Broyles Award given annually to college football's top assistant coach both at North Carolina in 2011 and Texas Tech in 2012.
"The biggest thing is having a staff that is all on the same page - everyone knowing what we're going to do, what we're trying to get done and making sure that the players understand the schemes and are able to line up and play fast," Kaufman said. "With offenses the way they are today, you have to have your calls in line and ready to go within eight to ten seconds after the whistle blows. The players have to know what to do and have confidence in what they are doing."
Kaufman said his first order of business is to meet his new players and get in on recruiting for the class of 2014. Then it will be time to wipe the slate clean and start writing a new chapter for Cal's defense.
But Kaufman was fired by Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville on Jan. 4, with Tuberville saying he wanted a greater emphasis on recruiting the Midwest.
"The defense played well," Tuberville told the Cincinnati Enquirer when Kaufman was let go. "This is more about recruiting."
But hey, it's not like we're particularly reliant on recruiting the Midwest, right? Besides, Kaufman is known for his ability to quickly turn around a defense, which we need badly.
- The preseason Top 25 list has Cal coming in at no. 24
- Three incoming student-athletes joined just in time for the start of play
Men's Basketball (all of these links were written before our lulzy loss to SC)
- Cal has been outshining Arizona despite the latter's fancy no. 1 ranking
- After a series of injuries, Christian Behrens is ready to contribute to the Bears
- Joe Lunardi's Bracketology has Cal as an 8th seed
Women's Water Polo
- Some recruiting news for a QB prospect
- WR Keenan Allen gave an interview to Yahoo Sports Radio, discussing topics like his top four schools as a high school recruit and how he decommitted from Alabama and Nick Saban
- Let us all gaze upon the glory that is Bear Territory
- NFL Japan has a fun interview with RB Marshawn Lynch as he tests a range of Japanese candies to replace Skittles
- A time-honored tradition--a Cal player does well in post-collegiate workouts and everyone wonders why Cal is so hopeless
- Evaluation of our draft-eligible players has begun
- One more stop for the Tony Gonzalez Farewell Tour
- The Pro Bowl match-up will feature Team Deion Sanders (OL Alex Mack & WR DeSean Jackson) vs. Team Jerry Rice (DL Cameron Jordan & Gonzalez coached by Richard Rodgers Sr. and Ron Rivera). RB Marshawn Lynch was selected, but unable to play because he's a little busy preparing FOR THIS THING CALLED THE SUPER BOWL.
- R-E-S-P-E-G-C, find out what it means to the NFL. QB Aaron Rodgers seems to know.
- Former Cal LB Coach Kenwick Thompson is making some career moves
Confirmed: San Jose State DC Kenwick Thompson is on his way to Vanderbilt.
— Pete Roussel (@coachingsearch) January 22, 2014