Something old, something new

Hello, everybody. This is Jonathan Okanes, your new Cal football beat writer. I’m taking over for Jay Heater, who recently left our newspaper. I’m taking over this blog as well, and am looking forward to offering you as much information and insight as possible. I’ll be checking in as much as I can and welcome your reaction and comments.

Just a little about me: Although I’m new to Cal football, I’m not new to Cal. I spent the past four years covering Cal’s basketball team. I’ve worked at the Times since 1998, starting out as a prep sports writer and covering almost everything under the sun since. I spent one season as a Stanford football beat writer, one with the Sharks, and have regularly covered the A’s and Giants over the years.

In addition to football, I will try to use the blog as a way to keep you updated on other Cal sports as well.

I’m looking forward to getting started. I’ll be in touch soon.


Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Mark Robles

    Welcome. You have big shoes to fill. Fall in love with Cal football as Jay did and good things will follow. The young men of Cal are going to be around this summer. Get to know them. Pass on what you learn to us. GO BEARS!

  • Jan Koski

    Hey Jonathon, I have enjoyed your coverage of my beloved A’s, and I look forward to reading your columns and blog as well as the question/answer section on Cal sports if I can ever find the Q/A section. Good luck in getting to know the coaches and players! Here’s one recommendation: I think the Bears have the most intellectual bunch of fans, so don’t water down your rhetoric with us. Tell us exactly how you see it!


  • Granadafan

    Jonathan, welcome to the show. We welcome your insights to CAL sports. Hope it works out for you.

  • NancyJ

    Welcome, Jonathan. You will find us Cal football fans a rowdy bunch,if you didn’t already know that!
    I am writing to ask that you post a way to get to your question and answer section. I can still find the blog, so I will be looking for any info about that column — so dearly loved — in your future posts. Thanks!

  • Radar York

    Look forward to seeing “inside the Bear cave”, just as you did with Hoops!

  • moreNCSarecoming

    Welcome. Jay was a really good guy and we hit it off quite well. I know we will too. Good luck.