Field hockey: With no place to practice or play, frustrated Cal players arm themselves with legal team

My story on the Cal women’s field hockey team — without a place to practice or play games on campus this year — ran in all our editions and on our website today. Three members of the team have hired a law firm to register their complaints to the university administration, with a Title IX lawsuit one of the options.

Click here to read the story.


Football: Defense faces another epic challenge vs. WSU

If Cal’s defense has any chance Saturday night of slowing down Washington State, the nation’s most prolific passing team, there is no evidence to be found in the Bears’ past six quarters.

Here’s what the Bears have allowed since halftime of the Arizona game two weeks ago:

• 820 passing yards
• 12 passing touchdowns
• 99 points

All in a game-and-a-half.

It’s a puzzle to Cal coach Sonny Dykes, whose defense allowed just 562 passing yards, two touchdown passes and 44 points in the team’s first 2½ games.

“I don’t know what to make of it, quite frankly,” Dykes said. “We played really good against a very explosive Arizona team for three quarters. We wanted to make Colorado drive it and not give up big plays. We did that most of the game.”

Those two teams also clearly decided the Bears are most vulnerable in the secondary, and they combined to attempt 140 passes against Cal, compared to just 49 designed runs by running backs.

Dykes suggested you never know what a team might do in a game, then backpedaled when pressed about WSU’s offensive intentions.

“There’s no certainties in football,” he said, “but this is as close to certain as it gets.”

WSU will throw the ball, and keep throwing it. Connor Halliday leads the nation with 463.6 passing yards per game and has an NCAA-best 20 TD passes.

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Football: Dykes supportive of Task Force findings but declines to speculate on details of admission policy

Coach Sonny Dykes, in his first public comments on results of the Task Force on Academics and Athletics, said he is supportive of the findings, but declined specific comment on coming changes to the admissions policy.

“What does it all look like? I think it’s too early to tell,” he said during his weekly Sunday night media teleconference. “It doesn’t do a lot of good for me to speculate. I don’t know a lot of the details yet. I don’t think they’ve been decided yet.”

In fact, while the task force said athletes will generally face the same admissions standards as the entire student body in the future, the exact admission policy still is being revised, according to Panos Papadopoulos, chair of the Academic Senate, which determines admission standards.

“I’m in favor of all the things the NCAA has done in terms of making life better for student-athletes,” Dykes said. “At the same time, I’m also in favor of expecting more and more academically from them. These kids are capable of that.

“Like most kids, if you set high expectations, they’re going to meet those expectations. I’ve been in favor of all the things that have taken place, all the changes to make them more accountable.

“Our mission is to graduate student-athletes. That’s what they come to college for. I really believe this university wants to do things the right way . . . have tremendous success on the field, but have tremendous success in the classroom. That’s something that can clearly happen.”

When hired after the 2012 football season, Dykes was given a mandate to improve the football program’s academic performance. Athletic director Michael Williams said Friday that about 80 football players attended summer school and posted an average GPA of 3.0.

“I’m really proud of what’s going on in our program right now academically,” Dykes said. “I like their commitment to academics, their maturity, the way they balance football and academics.”


Football: Goff earns national honors

Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who threw seven touchdown passes in the 59-56 double-overtime win over Colorado, was chosen as the national offensive player of the week by both the Walter Camp Football Foundation and College Sports Madness.

A statistical correction has altered Goff’s final official stats for the game to 24 of 42 for a season-high 458 yards, which ranks as the third-highest total of his career and No. 4 overall on the all-time single-game Cal list.


Fooball: Bears in the NCAA rankings

Here’s where Cal fits into the NCAA rankings this week:


1. Baylor 56.8 ppg

2. Texas A&M 51.2

3. Michigan State 50.3

4. Oregon 48.5

5. Cal 47.5


1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon 218.0

2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson 212.7

3. Connor Cook, Michigan State 192.3

4. Blake Sims, Alabama 190.8

5. Jared Goff, Cal 190.2


1. Georgia Tech 19.06

2. LSU 17.92

3. Navy 17.42

4. Cal 17.12

5. Oklahoma State 16.84


121. Cal 93.25

122. Oregon State 94.50

123. Marshall 102.50

124 tie. Texas Tech 105.50

124 tie. BYU 105.50



Football: UC/CU and crazy numbers


Some nutty numbers off Cal’s 59-56 double-OT win over Colorado:

– Jared Goff’s seven touchdown passes is the second-most in Cal history, behind Pat Barnes’ record of eight in a 56-55 four-overtime win over Arizona in 1996.

– The combined 14 TD passes by Goff and Colorado’s Sefo Luifau set a Pac-12 record.

– Goff passed for 449 yards, the fourth-highest total of his career. He now holds four of the top five spots on Cal’s single-game list.

– His 35 career TD passes ties him for No. 8 on Cal’s career list . . . in just 16 games. The record, FYI, is 64, held by Kyle Boller (1999-2002).

– Goff has thrown 17 touchdown passes this season — tied for second-best in the nation. He needs 14 more to equal Barnes’ single-season record of 31 set in 1996.

– Goff has climbed to No. 5 nationally in pass efficiency at 190.2. A 17 to 3 TD to INT ratio will do that.

– The Bears’ game next Saturday at Washington State will feature two of the most prolific passers in the country. WSU’s Connor Halliday threw four Saturday in a win at Utah and has an NCAA-best 20 for the season.

– Cal is averaging 17.1 yards per completion, a far cry from last year’s dink-and-dunk offense where that number was 10.8 yards.

– The Bears have scored 159 points the past three games, more than in any three-game since span putting up 169 in 1922 in wins over Washington State (61-0), Washington (45-7) and Nevada (61-0).

– Daniel Lasco had 200 yards rushing (108) and receiving (92) and now has 347 rushing yards over four games, averaging 6.3 per attempt. Click here to see Lasco’s school-record 92-yard TD reception, during which he eluded several CU defenders, then leveled one to break into the open.

– Nine different Cal players have caught touchdowns this season, led by Kenny Lawler, who had two vs. CU and five for the season.

– Penalties continue to be a problem for the Bears. They had 12 for 113 yards against Colorado and have been flagged for 373 yards in four games.