2014-10-25 07:01:21

Ruoyang Wang is not a celebrity, not someone this blogger knows, not anyone who you’ve heard of. But to his parents in China, Ruoyang Wang was their son. Their promise. Their hope for the future. And their dream come true. Their son, Ruoyang Wang, was a Berkeley student. Ruoyang Wang died in a car accident that happened on Interstate 5, not far from Bakersfield,...

Tony Franklin is set to join new Cal Head Coach Daniel “Sonny” Dykes at Cal-Berkeley as Cal’s new offensive coordinator. Franklin was Dyke’s OC at Louisiana Tech, but a close look reveals that Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has brought two of the original architects of the Airraid Offense, and a couple of true ball coaches to Berkeley. The...

Gotta say it. Looks really bad for Cal Football to have never hired a black head football coach. Not that new Cal Football Head Coach Sonny Dykes is bad hire, but when this blogger learned we passed on Hue Jackson, it took the luster off the selection of Dykes. This, even with the fact that there are more well-qualified black candidates than ever before, like Hue...

Cal Football’s new Head Coach Sonny Dykes was officially introduced at this press conference held in the field club of Cal Memorial Stadium at 2 PM, Thursday. After being introduced by Cal Media Relations Director Herb Benenson, Cal Vice Chancellor John Witop and Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour opened the proceedings with their statements. Sandy Barbour’s...

Sonny Dykes arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area, and enroute to Berkeley for his meetings with Cal Athletic Director Sandy Barbour and Cal Football Players; the press conference introducing Sonny Dykes as Cal’s new head coach is set for 2 PM, PDT. Coach Dykes and the former Kate Golding have been married since 2006 and have two daughters, one four and the other...

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...

Sonny Dykes as Cal’s next head coach may have some Cal Alumns scratching their heads, but this Old Blue is very happy with the decision to bring the architect of the nations #1 offense to Berkeley. Coach Dykes is one of the America’s acknowledged intellectual leaders in the development of something called “The Airraid Offense.” Moreover, and...

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...

After two days of talks, University Of California Athletic Director Sandy Barbour announced that Cal fired Jeff Tedford as head coach. This brings a sad end to a once-glorious career at Cal that lasted 10 years and produced far more good memories than bad ones, with Coach T posting an 82–57 record, and holding Cal Football records for most wins, games coached, and...

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...

Washington beat Cal 21 to 13 Friday night, thus giving this blogger zero bragging rights to Washington alum Hope Solo, and adding to an already frustrating-to-watch Cal Football Season. But lost in all of the talk of our Cal Bears poor games is the fact that this is the 10th year Jeff Tedford has coached the Golden Bears. So I thought I’d look back to his first...

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...

Cal Running Back Brandon Bigelow broke Twitter. After Cal’s 28 to 35 loss to Ohio St., Bigelow, who was the seventh highest Twitter Trend, fell off Twitter, then the entire social networking platform shut down. Who can blame the legions of football fans around the nation who took to Twitter to ask why, with 152 yards on just 3 carries at the time, Brandon Bigelow...

Chris Stevens, the US Ambassador to Libya who was killed in a protest raid two days ago, was an alumnus of Cal Berkeley, an “Old Blue.” Regarding his passing, the AP reports: Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate Tuesday evening,...

“Save Sandy Barbour” now, before this becomes an issue in 2013. This blogger has heard on the street, from a number of Cal Alums, and originating from sources within Cal Athletics itself, that University of California Athletic Director Sandy Barbour will be fired in 2013, and that some are already talking about who will replace her. This isn’t any...

Mitchell Schwartz, Mychal Kendricks, Marvin Jones represent for Cal Football! (So far!) While The Stanford Cardinal had several players go in the top...

Robert Birgeneau. Cal football fan? Yes! As word goes around that Cal Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced he would step down from his post, but remain as a teacher at UC Berkeley, I can’t help but go back to the times he made himself available to this video blogger to celebrate Cal Big Game wins. So, without further ado until after the videos, here’s...

The 2011 Bridgepoint (?) Holiday Bowl from San Diego started off as a defensive battle for both the California Golden Bears and The Texas Longhorns, and ended with the Texas Defense causing Texas to prevail 21 to 10. It’s a generally accepted view that you can’t win a game by turning the ball over more than the other team, and that observation held as Cal...

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...

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...

First, it’s great to see Cal Football open with a win to start the 2011 Season, 36 to 21 over Fresno State. But, this blogger wasn’t able to see the game because he’s still in Atlanta, Georgia. Not such a bad thing – the ATL is jumping: DragonCon, and the Boise St. vs. Georgia game made downtown Atlanta the place to be. But that happens, my schedule...

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...

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