I talked to Jim Muldoon of the Pac-10 office on Monday and he said he was barely aware of Marshawn Lynch’s NASCAR fun after the Bears’ overtime win over Washington at Memorial Stadium. Muldoon said the Pac-10 had received no complaints about the incident and only was familiar with his cart fun due to accounts of it in the media. So nothing official will come out of it, if you were wondering. However, you can be sure Jeff Tedford will talk to his players about the hazzard of mowing down a couple of teammates after a game.
Also from the Pac-10, Muldoon said that if Cal did reach the Rose Bowl, about 32,000 tickets would be made available to Cal fans. Then it would be Cal’s decision how to distribute those tickets. John Sudsbury of Cal’s sports information office said a ticket policy will be coming soon. However, he had no idea of an exact date. I would imagine that Cal fans aren’t going to hear anything until the Monday after the USC game. We will see.
Bears cornerback Daymeion Hughes was impressed how hard Washington played last Saturday. He said he saw a lot of bloody noses and black eyes. He said Washington deserved most of the credit for making that game so close.
Saturday’s game was a good example of the choice that defensive coordinators have to make. Cal’s Bob Gregory decided to go with dropping a lot of bodies back into pass coverage and therefore sacrificed his team’s ability to pressure the passer. Washington quarterback Carl Bonnell had lots of time to throw and barely was hit the entire game. However, Cal had five interceptions that were key to the victory. Can Cal afford to give John David Booty that kind of time? Of course not. But I would imagine that Gregory will go a different direction in that game. We will see.
Crazy as it sounds, driving that cart around might have put Marshawn Lynch back in the Heisman race. Voters might have have noticed his 100-yard plus a game and that he is leading the Pac-10 in rushing. However, everyone is talking about his antics after the game. At least they are talking about him.