Inside the Lair: Seniors making a huge impact for Men's Soccer as they begin their NCAA Tournament journey.
By Jonathan Okanes, Cal Athletic Communications
BERKELEY - When the members of Cal's recruiting class of 2011 arrived in Berkeley, they set out a goal to make the same kind of impact the outgoing senior class of 2010 had just made. That group of veterans led the Bears to the Pac-12 Conference championship and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
Now seniors themselves, the group that came on campus three years ago has helped Cal's program reach heights never before seen, and they are looking to make even more history over the next few weeks.
Cal fell to Florida, 3-1, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Gainesville, Florida.
Swimming and Diving
It was a good weekend for Cal's men's divers as the Golden Bears represented themselves well at the prestigious Texas Diving Invitational in Austin.
Sara-Lina Boushakra and Eleanor Smart finished fourth and fifth at the Texas Diving Invitational.
Chris Walden and Bethan Knights earned All-American honors.
Men's Water Polo
Cal gets back on the winning track with a 11-9 win over UC Santa Barbara.
The Bears fell to #19 Colorado in three sets.
#14 Cal to tip off against Missouri tonight at 6:30 pm PT in Honolulu for the 2014 Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic, two days after defeating Hawaii 79-72..
Cal defeated #23 Syracuse 73-59...
The tricky part is remembering how little you really know.
Two weeks ago, there was no basketball. Now that there is basketball, and sight unseen has turned into HDTV, it's tempting to treat new information too enthusiastically.
That's how false conclusions happen. You were already guessing; three games in, you're merely guessing a little bit less. Premature proclamations are an annual rite of November, and every year we have to remind ourselves to cool it. As Bill Self said, there's a long season ahead.
Which should help drive home the sense of conviction inherent in the following statement after (basically) one game: The California Golden Bears are not the seventh-best team in the Pac-12.
..but fell to #10 Texas in the final of the 2K Classic, 71-55.
BYU game will kick off next Saturday at 1:30 pm PT.
The Big Game
With the Bears trailing 24 points to Stanford, Cal pushed the ball into the red zone, setting up a bizarre 90-second sequence that had the Cal fans at Memorial Stadium wishing to return to the days before instant replay.
"There's nothing I can say about it that's good," Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said of the sequence. "I thought it was shameful, myself."
Cal had three touchdowns overturned on one set of downs that added insult to a Big Game that was already in doubt. The 56,483 fans at Memorial Stadium watched Stanford (6-5, 4-4) overwhelm Cal (5-6, 3-6), 38-17.
Despite the outrage and new lows that only Pac-12 officiating could find, it was Cal who defeated itself, not the officiating.
SF Chron -
Stanford had just nine takeaways going into the game, but had four interceptions and a fumble recovery Saturday.
"It was frustrating. It was really frustrating,'' Cal head coach Sonny Dykes said. "We didn't make a very good showing today, and I'm really disappointed about that.''