Sorry everyone for forgetting about Saturday, blame my choir commitments and the early start time for the Cal Baseball game I went to, but nonetheless there is a lot of stuff I missed over the last week.
- Trace Travers talked with Tim DeRuyter about the defense and how the players are adjusting to a new scheme in a very informative feature.
- The San Francisco Chronicle did a feature on converted linebacker (last year a defensive end) Cameron Saffle over the weekend. Did you know he can do impressions? He even has an offer to do a voice in an upcoming Pixar movie. Oh, and they talk about the football team too.
- The official Cal Bears recap of Saturday’s practice can be found here.
- Ryan Gorcey interviewed Justin Wilcox after yesterday’s practice in a free to watch 8 minute video.
- A new band is forming too! Cameron Saffle, Ray Davison, and Semisi Uluave are putting their singing talents to form a music group and Ryan Gorcey did a video interview with them as well. It includes Youtube videos of their work, and they plan on releasing an album.
- A bit old (six days) but the Chronicle also interviewed Justin Wilcox after the team returned from a two week break. Here is an excerpt regarding the quarterback competition.
“They’re doing a really good job of competing, and really, it’s about learning and practicing,” he said. “There’s just so much time. I wouldn’t say there’s anything that has been settled, by any means yet. They’ll continue to develop through spring, and possibly through fall.” - Justin Wilcox
- Jon Wilner’s early predictions for the 2017-2018 Pac-12 basketball season and ...shocker! He’s ranked Cal pretty low.
- Remember to look on our website for coverage of Cal’s new coaching hires!
- Kristine Anigwe, Mikayla Cowling, Asha Thomas, and Mi’Cole Cayton participated in a Team USA 3x3 tournament that featured six Pac-12 teams (USC, UW, WSU, OSU and Oregon the others) and 3 other teams. Unfortunately, Kristine was injured in the quarterfinal that Cal won over USC and they wound up losing in the semi-finals to Oregon. Full report here.
- Congrats to incoming Cal Bear Kianna Smith for winning a John Wooden award given to several of the best high school players in the country. (This was the first year high school women’s basketball players received awards.)
- Not too late to see Golden Bear great Layshia Clarendon (Along with Andre Iguodala) speak at the Berkeley Law Sports and Society Conference at Boalt Hall later this week!
- Eric Byrnes and Andrew Vaughn had an entertaining TV segment on the Pac-12 Networks. Vaughn, a freshman, had a big hand in the recent sweep over Arizona State this weekend at Evans Diamond including a HR and 7 RBIs.
- The Bears take on Saint Mary’s today in a non-conference road match. The game will start at 3PM in Moraga and will be streamed live on the Gaels website.
- The Bears were swept in what wound up being a 2 game series in Utah. The third game was cancelled due to snow. They take on Santa Clara at home on Wednesday before playing a non-conference weekend series against Fresno State.
- The Bears finished third (out of 4) in the MPSF Championships that took place last Saturday at Haas Pavilion behind Oklahoma and Stanford.
Track and Field
- The Big Meet was this weekend at Stanford. The Cal men defeated the Cardinal but the women fell short. The men won the final four events to take the meet, including a thrilling 4x400-meter relay victory. A solid discus effort by dual athlete (football legend!) Malik McMorris may have sealed the deal for the men as well.
Bears in the Pros
- The Portland Trailblazers clinched the #8 seed in the Western Conference. Thus, former Bear Allen Crabbe and the Blazers will get a rematch with the Golden State Warriors. Last year, they lost in the second round to the Dubs and will seek revenge in the first round this time.
- Will Marshawn Lynch help give a fitting end to the “Oakland” Raiders? Not so fast, it looks like he is considering the Patriots as well.
Go Bears! (I mean... unless Marshawn signs with the Pats. Kidding???)