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We check in on Cal Baseball’s series at Arizona (which concludes today, likely along with the Bears season) and also Ivan Rabb’s and Jabari Bird’s paths to the NBA.

Justin Wilcox from March

Football

Back to the top! Just for today

Regarding Cal’s defense from the Sonny Dykes era.

“We didn’t spend a ton of time on the past, really,” Wilcox said. “… We don’t really talk about those things. We’re a lot more concerned with where we are right now to improve ourselves. I know that sounds like a canned answer, but that’s the truth. We are optimistic. We think we’ve got some good players in that group.”

  • Ryan Gorcey breaks down Beau Baldwin’s contract which has him making $570K this season. That’s double what he made as Eastern Washington head coach, and possibly among the Top 5 among Pac-12 OCs.
  • Trace Travers has the breakdown of the entire coordinators’ contracts (which have now all been released).
  • Last Thursday marked 100 days until Cal Football’s season opener:

Men’s Basketball

On the bleak outlook of the season after all the unexpected (and expected) departures:

“Well it’s certainly a challenge,” Robertson admitted. “I think the goal for us is to be the best team that we possibly can be. So whatever our ceiling is, I think the goal is to try to reach that ceiling. I think across the board to a man, everyone will be tasked to improve and get the most out of their experience.”

  • Ivan Rabb recently worked out with the Miami Heat - this article on Hoops Habit asks whether he’d be a good fit for Miami’s pick at 14th in the Draft. (Spoiler alert: It’s not positive).
  • Another update on Jabari Bird, couldn’t find any other articles on him for now besides this one tweet:

Baseball

  • Friday: Although the Bears took a 3-2 lead midway through the game, Arizona pounded the Cal bullpen (the infield defense didn’t help either) in what wound up being a 10-3 loss.
  • Saturday: Cal secured a 9-6 win over #17 Arizona. They took a 5-0 lead in the Top of the 1st with help from a Denis Karas 3-run jack, but Arizona would come all the way back to tie it. As the saying goes: “The Bear Does Not Quit and the Bear Does Not Die.” The Bears scored 4 unanswered runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th innings combined and Tanner Dodson (who, as usual, also contributed big time offensively) ended a Wildcats 9th inning rally.
  • Sunday: The rubber game today is at 1:30PM (on Pac-12 Network) and will be the season finale for the Bears. A win would give the Bears an even 15-15 record in Pac-12 play, though they will have a losing overall record either way.
  • Monday: Although you don’t have to have a winning record to make the NCAA Tournament, and they have a solid Pac-12 record in a difficult conference, there’s little reason to expect them to be named in Monday morning’s Selection Show on ESPNU despite the insanely difficult schedule. (A baseball wrapup article will come during the week.)

Pac-12/MPSF Awards

With the Cal Athletics season nearly over, a bunch of awards (and All-Pac-12 selections) have been awarded! Here’s what I could find, I may have missed some (let me know in the comments!):

  • Collin Morikawa (Men’s Golf) was named to the Division I PING All-Region team in the West Region.
  • Nine women’s lacrosse players: Charlotte Biffar, Sara Nolte, Wheatley Raabe, Caroline Schlegel, Kate Mattimore, Meredith Haggerty, Parker Garrett, Kendall Swenson, Kirsten Swanson earned MPSF All-Academic Team honors.
  • Teya Neff made the Pac-12 All-Academic First team for Beach Volleyball. Bryce Bark, Grace Campbell, and Olivia Rodberg made the Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention squad.
  • MPSF All-Academic Honors for the Cal Women’s Water Polo team went to: Genevieve Weed, Madeline Trabucco, Stephanie Mutafyan, Kindred Paul, Emily Loughlin, Dora Antal, Anna Illes, and Kacey Avalos.

Congrats to all and Go Bears!