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Cal Women’s Basketball releases their conference schedule!

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Football Press Conferences

Videos courtesy of Golden Bear Report.

  • Justin Wilcox talks about Cal’s poor execution last Saturday, calling them “unacceptable.
  • Devante Downs talks about staying “low-key” after a bunch of award nominations.

Football

“Next man up,” head coach Justin Wilcox said. “Unfortunately, injuries occur, and guys have got to step up. That’s what has got to happen, and it’s not just the receivers. It’s the O-line. It’s the running backs. It’s the defense. It’s the kicking game.

Sophomore quarterback Ross Bowers made the rounds in the postgame locker room, addressing each offensive position group and saying that falling behind can’t become a habit. The Bears started the season 3-0, winning each game in comeback fashion, but they’ve opened conference play with consecutive losses.

Cal punted on its first five possessions Saturday, the worst of the Bears’ trend of starting slow. They failed to score on five of their first six possessions against North Carolina, on three of their first four against Weber State, on seven of their first eight against Mississippi, and on five of their first seven against USC.

“We’re putting our defense in a really tough spot and forcing ourselves to be a comeback team,” Bowers said. “As an offense, we’ve just got to be better in the first half.”

  • Don’t forget to check out Golden Bear Report’s “The Novel” on the Oregon game. This one is by Trace since Nam was on break.
  • Jared Goff continues to look great this season! Aaron Rodgers is also still showing that he is one of the NFL’s elite QBs... and other highlights from Cal in the NFL Week 4.

Misc.

  • The Pac-12 schedule is out for Women’s Basketball. Check out Cal’s schedule here.
  • Some notable information: Just like the men, the women open their Pac-12 season at home against the LA schools. Meaning from Thursday, December 28 - Sunday, December 31 there will be 4 basketball games at Haas featuring the Cal vs. LA rivalries. The Battle of the Bay home-and-home is Thursday, February 15 at Maples and Saturday, February 17 at Haas (which also doubles as Senior Day). 14 of the 18 conference games will be on Pac-12 Networks. The women’s opponent list is the reverse of the men. As such, the Bears will not visit the Mountain schools and will not host the Oregon schools.
  • Water Polo: Goalie Kevin Le Vine has been named Player of the Week by the MPSF. His 17 saves helped Cal defeat No. 8 UC Santa Barbara on the road. Congrats!
  • Men’s Soccer: Shinya Kadono also received a Player of the Week award in his sport from the Pac-12. He is the team’s leading scorer and scored in both of Cal’s road wins over UCLA and San Diego State, the latter being a buzzer beating game winner.
  • Rugby: The Paylor family is outraged at news that USA Rugby will not discipline the player/team involved in the play that paralyzed Robert Paylor in the Championship game last Spring. They also released video of the play in question.

“We are very disappointed in both the result of this investigation and the duration of time it has taken since Robert’s catastrophic injury to come to this decision, nearly five months post injury,” the Paylors said in a statement Sunday. “Without this incident deemed as illegal contact and disciplinary measures taken, it constitutes this action as excusable.”

Viva Los Bears (Thinking of you, Vegas)