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Golden Nuggets: The Reaction from Cal/Stanford And The Loss Of A Legend

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  • The post-game presser after Cal’s win over Stanford.

You know, today was a great win and it’s a great win because, you know, our teams fighting to rebuild the program and those kids deserved to be rewarded. It’s great win because we had great fan support and they were right there with us. It’s a great win because we beat a good Stanford team. It’s a great win for a lot of reasons. But every win counts the same in the standings and we celebrate every one of them. And certainly tonight we’ll probably celebrate this one, too. But it was a great win.

On the win…

Paris Austin: This means a lot to us. You know, we fought back as a team and just, you know, coming off of two losses, you know, our coaches did a great job this week, just preparing us, you know. So I think for us to show that fight and just come back and get the win was really good for us.

Kareem South: You know, I think it’s just a testament to us trust in the process. You know, we just kept on fighting. And that was the result of the game. You know, we were down eleven at one point and, you know, credit to Stanford’s team, they’re a really good team. But we just kept on being physical and kept on fighting to the last play.

  • The women were unable to get a win against Utah or Colorado this weekend, here’s the post-game presser from Sunday.
  • Both teams were asked to give their thoughts on Kobe Bryant after the tragic news, which was announced just minutes before the start of the women’s game. Ben Parker did a good job transcribing everyone’s answers so you can read them here. Some players, like Leilani McIntosh had met both Kobe and Gianna.

“Yeah, this is really tough. We just got the news about Kobe and his daughter. We wanted to tell our team so they weren’t hearing it elsewhere and it’s a really tough moment just because you realize life is short and we talked in the locker room about how it’s not wins and losses, but it’s relationships and how we treat one another and how we show up for one another because you never know. So, talk about gaining some perspective…I did not know Kobe. [My initial reaction was] sick to my stomach.”-Charmin Smith

Football

  • Chris Hummer has a detailed breakdown of all Pac-12 teams’ situations heading into 2020.

2020 Expectations: Cal will field one of the nation’s most experienced offenses with 11 year-end starters returning. That’s a good thing generally. But that’s also the entirety of a group that finished 112th nationally in yards per play. The Bears really need to see a jump on the ground, where their two leading rushers averaged just 4.4 yards per tote. QB Chase Garbers (1,772 yards, 14 TDs, 3 INTs) is efficient but hasn’t been a high-volume passer throughout his career. You trust that a Wilcox-coached team will come out fine defensively. But it’s still going to be a massive task for the Bears to replace star linebacker Evan Weaver, who led the country with 181 tackles. He and five other defenders depart from one of the Pac-12’s best units. We’ll know a lot about Cal by the end of September as it hosts both TCU and Utah.

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