BERKELEY - After leading his Golden Bears to a semifinal appearance in the NCAA tournament - after first taking them to their first Pac-12 championship match and guiding them through a prosperous regular season - California head coach Peter Wright claimed the 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year award, the Conference announced Tuesday.
This marks Wright's third Conference Coach of the Year honor, including awards in 1997 and 2001.
DURHAM, N.C. - Just a few days after being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, Cal catcher Brett Cumberland landed another postseason award with Baseball America naming him a third team All-American.
Cumberland, who earned the All-America spot as a designated hitter, was one of just three Pac-12 players named to Baseball America's list. He joins Washington pitcher Troy Rallings and USC's David Oppenheim as honorees for the 2016 season. It is the second All-America honor for Cumberland, who was also named a third team selection by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper last week.
Jazmyn Jackson has always had a plan for what's next.
This time though, as she sat in the back of a lecture hall listening to fellow students and advisors discuss various majors and options, Jackson found herself questioning the blueprint she'd laid before herself. Yes, the goal was always to apply and be accepted into the prestigious Haas School of Business. But plans often change, and what if the route she'd meticulously crafted wasn't necessarily the straightest path to her desired destination?
Then again, what if it was?
As the tears welled up and the questions swirled in her head, the softball player inside the Cal sophomore resurfaced. She had a plan and knew what to expect, and in much the same way as she takes in and applies a scouting report, Jackson pulled herself together, left the lecture hall and looked forward to the possibilities that existed should she get accepted for the final two years of her undergraduate career.
Fast forward to Feb. 19, 2016, and the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, Calif. Having beaten South Dakota and No. 18-ranked Kentucky in the same day, the Bears returned to their hotel to rest, visit with family and prepare for two more games the next day. Unbeknownst to most of the team, Jackson was still on edge. She had one more challenge to confront, and it had nothing to do with an opposing pitcher or a fly ball.
The email came informing her she was in. The No. 2-ranked undergraduate business program in the country wanted Jazmyn Jackson. She told her parents, told her friends and took a deep sigh of relief as her plan came back into focus.
"I see how hard she works," said Jackson's best friend and teammate Annie Aldrete. "She comes home at 10 at night and she's been at tutoring for calculus and statistics and all these business classes. Business is hard in general, let alone at Berkeley and at Haas. It's such a big accomplishment. We're student-athletes and we know what it takes to get good grades, but when you get into a prestigious school like that, it's a whole different story. I cried. I was so proud of her."
The Green Bay Packers suffered a major blow before the start of the 2015 season when Pro Bowl receiver Jordy Nelson suffered an ACL injury in the team's second preseason game. Despite an abundance of talent at the position, the Packers added California's Trevor Davis in the fifth round of this year's draft.
Davis spent two years at Hawaii before transferring to California. In his two seasons with the Golden Bears, the young receiver caught 64 passes for 1,071 yards and seven touchdowns.
Even though Davis did not put up eye-popping numbers at Cal, he will have a chance to earn a spot on Green Bay's roster this offseason. But he will face some stiff competition.