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Golden Nuggets: Game Day for Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Peter Sirmon interviewed.

Jonah Davis and Toni-Ann Williams get Pac-12 awards after brilliant efforts last weekend.

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Football

  • Hey remember that huge get the football program gained when they hired Peter Sirmon? Golden Bear Report got an interview with the man and you can see it here.

With you coaching inside linebackers, how does the technique you teach them in a 3-4 or 4-2-5 compare to what you’d teach in a 4-3

There’s some differences before the ball is snapped, in alignment and spacing, in 4-3 spacing, the alignment at linebacker is a lot more critical, because of the gap down spacing of the defense. In 3-4 spacing, there’s a lot more to coach after the ball is snapped, but before the ball is snapped alignments aren’t as critical. Some home alignments, they can survive, but linebacker play is linebacker play, there’s fundamentals. The things that we’re gonna work on here at linebacker, change of direction, getting off blocks, and tackling. Those things are non-negotiable, playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers or playing for the Bears. Those are things that have to be accomplished to be a successful defense and successful linebackers. Then the concepts and the little things, we’ll get all those taught.

How well have you gotten to know your guys in the month or so since you’ve gotten here?

They’ve come in and seen me, I need to obviously get to know them academically, so there’s been several occasions where those guys have come in and we’ve talked about what they’re doing academically and where they’re living and who they’re living with. Really, not any football but just understanding who they are. I’m the one that’s new, so I’m learning who they are with coach DeRuyter and then when football time comes, we’ll dive into that football. But those guys have come around, and it’s been more academics and more life and get to know one another.

  • Cal Athletics has announced that James Looney has arrived at the NFL Combine!

Basketball

Men’s

  • Wyking Jones “finds hope“ that there will be better days for Cal.

“I’m as competitive as they come when it comes to the game of basketball, and I’m accustomed to winning. This isn’t easy for me, but I see the big picture,” Jones said in a one-on-one interview this week before traveling to Arizona for games Thursday and Saturday. “I have to focus on what’s in store, rather than what we’re going through now. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that a lot of great coaches didn’t have great starts.

“Sometimes you’ve got to go through some hard times to become a great coach.”

  • There are so many new Cal players that the website has FINALLY finished their “Fast Break” series with fun facts about the new players. The last installment is for Grant Anticevich.

Anticevich has his sights set on potentially majoring in Psychology because of the variety of job opportunities it presents.

”It’s a major that’s applicable in a lot of areas,” Anticevich explained. “I’m not sure what area of psychology I would be interested in going into yet, but I figured that psychology is a great major to have. You can use it in a lot of areas, and a lot of different fields. You don’t pigeonhole yourself by doing psychology, so I feel like it’s a great option for me.”

Women’s

  • The Pac-12 tournament starts today! The Cal women’s team has some key players that can make a difference, like Kianna Smith who has gotten hot offensively.

“The story for us is always that we need good guard play to elevate,” Cal head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said during Tuesday’s teleconference.

Smith “has been such an important piece for us all year. There’s no question that we don’t win the games we’ve won without her, but, for sure, I think her being in a really good rhythm, knocking down shots and being confident at this stage is incredibly important for us.”

  • Michelle Smith names the key player on all Pac-12 teams that will make a huge difference, despite not being a marquee name. Her key player on Cal is Penina Davidson.

Davidson, the senior forward from New Zealand, has been instrumental in Cal’s run of five wins in six games to close the Pac-12 regular season. Davidson has been an impressive complement to All-American candidate Kristine Anigwe. Davidson is averaging 7.6 points and 7.3 rebounds this season (11th in the Pac-12) with 20 blocked shots, ranking her second on the Bears’ roster. Davidson’s hardest work comes on the boards, where she leads Cal with 78 offensive rebounds this season, creating key second-chance opportunities.

Baseball

  • Jonah Davis was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after having 2 home runs and 12 RBIs in the four game sweep of CSU Bakersfield.
  • The baseball team will get a huge test when they head to Texas to face three teams. One of them is Texas A&M, who the Bears played in the 2015 Regionals and nearly upset. Here is Ryan Gorcey’s preview of the whole weekend.
  • Softball: The team’s in Hawaii for a tournament, and actually beat the Rainbow Warriors last night thanks to Hawaii native and newest Bear Kamalani Dung. Learn more about the best parts of Hawaii from her here.

Gymnastics

  • It is the 50th anniversary of Cal Men’s Gymnastics’s first NCAA title. Take a look at this video documentary about the team.
  • Who else would be Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week other than Toni-Ann Williams? Her brilliant all-around score gave the Bears their first ever dual-meet win against the Utah Red Rocks last Sunday.

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