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UPDATE: Dykes picked over former Raiders Head Coach. Ok, this Cal Alum is excited that Sonny Dykes is coming to Cal and bringing the Airraid Offense , but the news from a good source that he was selected over former Oakland Raiders Head Coach Hue Jackson is, to be frank, a real shocker. Hue Jackson had openly stated he wanted the Cal Football job, and would have been an excellent fit for Cal, has recruited before, and is well-known in the Bay Area and in all of football. Hiring Hue Jackson would have produced a no-brainer, very excited...

While many Cal Alumns wish to dance happy after Cal Coach Jeff Tedford’s Thanksgiving Week firing, this blogger elects to remember the feeling of how Cal Football finally hit paydirt success with what became a suddenly regular string of NFL Draft 1st Round Selections, thanks to Coach Tedford. It was a rare privilege to be able to interview the Cal players who traveled to New York City for The Draft. Here are those video interviews. Ah, before we continue, one note: one sticking point with Cal Players who came to the NFL Draft...

Cal was soundly beaten by Oregon, 59 to 17, increasing calls for Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour to terminate Cal Football Head Coach Jeff Tedford. What’s interesting, and yet typical of these cries is that they don’t include a look at Tedford’s revised contract with the University of California and what UC Regents refer to as “the Berkeley Campus.” In the interest of full disclosure, as they say, this blogger is not in favor of terminating Coach Tedford this year. Look, this is Coach Tedford’s...

There/s nothing like the UCLA Bruins to bring out the Can Fan in, well, Cal fans – especially after an unexpected pasting like the one the Cal Bears Football Team gave the Bruins Saturday night at Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Cal won 43 to 17, blowing the hated Bruins out of the stadium, saving Cal Coach Jeff Tedford’s job, and firing up CAL NATION in the process. Case in point. Almost alone in the uniqueness of his rant, my friend Greg Heywood was in such rare form, saying “We beat UCLA, BITCHES,” this...

Mitchell Schwartz, Mychal Kendricks, Marvin Jones represent for Cal Football! (So far!) While The Stanford Cardinal had several players go in the top rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, from Quarterback Andrew Luck, the first player taken overall, to Tight End Cory Fleener, who will join Luck at Indianapolis, rival California players and Cal fans had to wait until the...

What this blogger hates about NCAA Selection Sunday is what this blogger likes about it: that when your team’s in, it’s a great God-sent day, and when your team’s out, you wish you’d gone to Church to pray for it to get in. On this Sunday, the expectation was that all three mighty Pac-12 teams would find their way into the NCAA Tournament. Colorado was the Pac-12 Tournament winner. Washington was the Pac-12 Champion. Cal has the best record in the Pac-12, and the highest RPI ranking. But, when all of the so-called...

After watching a Cal Stanford Big Game that Cal should have won, but lost 31-28, the California Golden Bears came into the Land of the Tourist – aka Tempe, Arizona – for its final game of the 2011 NCAA Season against Arizona State. After leading by as much as 10 points, Cal fooled around and lost the lead to the Sun Devils, then got it back, and with something Cal Blues have really never seen much of in a Cal Football team: speed. This blogger doesn’t know the official statistics for the 40 yard dash, but this has...

The headline above was almost “Colorado Shocks Cal 34 – 30,” as the Colorado Buffalo’s, under a well-called final drive in regulation, use a combination of reverses, passes, and runs, to almost score a touchdown, but got close enough to set up a field goal to tie. Cal ran out the clock, talking the game into overtime. That’s when an already interesting game, got more interesting. Thinking that they could gash Cal’s defense with the run, Colorado called four straight running plays, but while the first...

Ok, let me get my bias out of the way before turning to College Football matters: I’m a Cal Alum who earned a Master of City and Regional Planning Degree and sat on The Cal Alumni Board and then the The Cal Alumni Awards Committee with Levi’s Chairman Bob Haas. I’m very pro-UC Berkeley, and could not be more totally pissed-off that the State of California has divested in Cal from 74 percent of total funding during the 80s, to something like 12 percent today, wrecking the Clark Kerr model in the process. But I digress. Cal...

We hear alot about Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Natalie’s a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley — Cal! But we don’t hear alot about heroes like Emily Silver, Natalie’s teammate , fellow Cal-grad, and friend. Emily planned and trained to race in the 100 free, 100 fly, 200 free, and 50 free, but because she broke two fingers, Emily qualified for the 4 by 100 relay, where she played a major role in the United States taking the silver medal...

Look, now Cal’s being down right silly and arrogant. On Sunday, I understand that there was another rally — I was resting from a busy week — and that even Berkeley Councilmember Donna Sprng got involved. Now, UC Spokesperson Dan Mogulof seems to imply that the University doesn’t want to talk to anyone. Dan Mogulof, just do it. Let’s stop this silly game, find something clever and political to say to get them to go home. Why not offer the protesters a chance to be part of the action of planning? It’s...

For me, covering what turned out to be this three-part video documentary started with a call from a friend and fellow Cal Alum who said that I should get “down there” with my camera because there was no video on what was happening. So, fresh from a meeting, and with two hours to spare, I went over to the Grove in front of Cal Memorial Stadium, the site of the clash between the Cal Tree Sitters and the UC Administration and Police. The overall story is that we — Cal — needs an upgraded stadium facility and...

CNN’s Brianna Keilar Now Regular Anchor On CNN Morning After what seemed to be fits and starts, Brianna Keilar, who I met at the 2005 NFL Draft and was then with MTV-U, then after an agent contacted me in late 2005 — well, pestered me, really — about seeing her here online at this account I wrote about Brianna Keilar at the 2005 NFL Draft, I informed her and after she responded with an approval, I gave him her then current contact information. The result, in 2006, was that Brianna Keilar was hired by CNN, and after she...

LYNCH DEAL DONE A league source tells us that the Bills have reached an agreement with running back Marshawn Lynch, the No. 12 selection in the 2007 draft. (Adam Schefter of NFL Network was the first to report this.) Lynch will receive $10,285,000 in guaranteed money, and the total value of the package is $18,935,000 on a five-year deal. (Technically, it’s a six-year deal that voids to five if Lynch meets a minimum playing time threshold.) The key is the duration; Lynch is the fourth player taken in the top 16 who could have been...

This story was broken by none other than Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com Bears head coach Lovie Smith is making long-term plans for the future of the team and one of the plans could surprise many Bears fans. FOXSports.com has learned that Chicago has decided to not renew the contract of defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Team sources say that Smith and Rivera met recently and agreed to allow Rivera to pursue other opportunities. The sources also contend that Smith will likely end up promoting Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive...