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Golden Nuggets: Cal's Bye Week To-Do List

Cal has a lot to do during the "best opening weekend ever."

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Women's Soccer

Cal Heads to Texas for Pair of Matches

No. 19 California women's soccer begins its second-longest stretch of road games this weekend as the Golden Bears travel to the Lone Star State for a pair of matches against Texas Tech and the University of Texas. The Bears will match up against the Red Raiders on Friday, September 2 at 5 p.m. PT in Lubbock and face the Longhorns on Sunday, September 4 at 9 a.m. PT in Austin.

The road trip is the beginning of a three-game road slate that will finish with a local match at Saint Mary's on September 9. Only the Bears' four-game stretch


Jack Clark to Receive Glenn Seaborg Award

Jack Clark, Cal's iconic rugby coach who has guided the Golden Bears to 27 national collegiate championships, has been selected as the 22nd recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award. The official presentation will take place during a ceremony when Cal hosts Utah on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium.

The honor, named after the former University of California chancellor and 1951 Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career accomplishments who represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and attitude.

"The Seaborg Award is meant to honor and acknowledge a former Cal football player who has distinguished himself at the highest level through his career achievements," Seaborg Award committee chair Jack Hart said. "Jack certainly stands out, and Dr. Seaborg would be very proud."

Men's Soccer

Nick Lima of @calmenssoccer is your Pac-12 Player of the Week! #WeAreGolden

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Men's Basketball

How will California basketball perform without the help of Jaylen Brown, Tyrone Wallace and Jordan Mathews?

The Golden Bears had one of the more talented teams in the entire country last season.

Jaylen Brown was a projected lottery pick (he eventually went number three overall to the Boston Celtics), Tyrone Wallace was a star studded senior and Jordan Mathews was a sniper from long range. Combine those three with freshman big man Ivan Rabb, point guard Sam Singer and Jabari Bird, and Cal truly had a unique cast of characters.

But they never really lived up to expectations. They finished tied for 3rd in the Pac-12 standings and had an overall record of 23-11, but Cuonzo Martin's club didn't make it past the first round of the Big Dance and were projected to be a top-25 team all season.

In 2016-17, Cal will be without their top three scorers, Brown, Wallace and Mathews (who transferred to Gonzaga).

Rabb is back in the picture though, as the power forward opted against becoming a potential lottery selection to improve his all-around game. The 6'11" native of Oakland, CA will be the team's number one option on offense and has National Player of the Year potential.


Looking at Cal's bye week to-do list

While Hawaii — the team Cal beat by 20 points Friday in Sydney — prepares for a nationally televised game at No. 7 Michigan, the Bears have a bye week to catch up on classes and recover from jet lag.

It was a requirement for Cal, which was willing to play in the Sydney Cup only if the NCAA approved a waiver for the game to occur a week before the scheduled start of college football season. Of course, the benefits of the bye extend beyond re-familiarizing players with school in the Pacific Time Zone.

The score of the Bears' season-opening win over the Rainbow Warriors overshadowed deficiencies. With a much tougher test looming Sept. 10 at San Diego State, Cal will need to cross items off its metaphorical to-do list. Here is an early look: