- Jaylen Brown did an interview with the Guardian where he talked about politics/race, the NBA, and the death of his best friend. It is very insightful, as we have come to expect when Jaylen speaks out.
Brown admits that, when he was 14, “It wounds you. But when I got older and went to the University of California [Berkeley] I learnt about a more subtle racism and how it filters across our education system through tracking, hidden curriculums, social stratification and things I had no idea of before. I was really emotional – because one of the most subtle but aggressive ways racism exists is through our education system.”
In his year at college, before pausing his degree to play in the NBA, Brown wrote a thesis about how institutionalised sport impacts on education. “I was super emotional reading about it,” he says of his chosen subject. “There’s this idea of America that some people have to win and some have to lose so certain things are in place to make this happen. Some people have to be the next legislators and political elites and some have to fill the prisons and work in McDonald’s. That’s how America works. It’s a machine which needs people up top, and people down low.
“Even though I’ve ended up in a great place, who is to say where I would’ve been without basketball? It makes me feel for my friends. And my little brothers or cousins have no idea how their social mobility is being shaped. I wish more and more that I can explain it to them. Just because I’m the outlier in my neighbourhood who managed to avoid the barriers set up to keep the privileged in privilege, and the poor still poor, why should I forget about the people who didn’t have the same chance as me?”
- Learn more about the Jones family in this Cal Sports Quarterly article, originally published in print before the season.
- As Washington/WSU articles popup for MBB and WBB I will post them in the comments.
- Just before dropping 20+ on the Warriors last night, Tyrone Wallace visited his former school.
- Nick Lima was called up to the USMNT January camp that began yesterday in Carson. Congrats!
- For the women, Abi Kim was named to the USWNT Under-20 team and will play in the World Cup Qualifiers beginning January 19. Congrats to her as well!
- Daily Cal runs down all the top stories of 2017 - good and bad. Most of the sports teams are mentioned.
The new, new, new era
Things went from bad to worse for Cal as three highly scrutinized figures quickly became three new faces. Offensive guru Sonny Dykes was fired after an unspectacular four-year run and quickly replaced with defensive-minded Justin Wilcox. For better or for worse, the curtain of a new football era was raised, but Cal Athletics was far from finished with changes. After narrowly missing out on a berth to the NCAA tournament, men’s basketball suffered another setback with the resignation of head coach Cuonzo Martin a day after being ousted in the first round of the NIT. While Martin continues to give post-game speeches to opposing teams, in-house hire Wyking Jones tries to develop what’s left of last year’s mild success in the wake of Martin’s departure. In June, long-time baseball head coach David Esquer completed the trifecta by bolting for his alma mater, none other than Stanford, ending his successful 18-year run with the Bears. In comes former Cal pitching coach and Major League pitcher Mike Neu, the third new hire in a tumultuous six months for Cal athletics.
- Tanner Dodson and Andrew Vaughn were given pre-season All-America honors. Baseball season starts in a month and half!
- Kyana George was named Pac-12 Freshmen of the Week after helping Cal Women’s Gymnastics win the NorCal classic in her collegiate debut.
Beat the Huskies!