Media day-Washington

In the coming days I will be providing tidbits from each team’s appearance at last week’s Pac-10 media day.

Much of the discourse about Washington was about its schedule. Many have the Huskies’ schedule rated as the toughest in the country. They open at Syracuse, then come home to face Boise State and Ohio State. Their Pac-10 opener is at UCLA. And a season-ending road contest at Hawaii won’t be easy.

“The conference plays one of the most demanding schedules, and I think we have all of them on our schedule,” Washington coach Tyrone Willingham said. “The challenge for us is to be prepared to play probably one of the toughest, if not the toughest, schedule in the country. We don’t think there is anyone that has a tougher start. We also think our conference schedule is pretty difficult.”

This season also will mark the beginning of the Jake Locker era. Locker was a highly regarded recruit coming out of Ferndale, WA and big things are expected of him now that Isaiah Stanback has moved on to the NFL.

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.

  • sanjuanbear


    I appreciate you continuing the Cal Sports Blog. With that said your content could really use some improvement.

    Take a look at some of Heater’s old blogs. The people that are fanatic enough to read this blog already know things like Washington has a tough schedule or that Cal has come in 2nd in the media poll. What we want is news about the team that we can’t get from other sources.

    You as a beat writer have unique access to the team and if you use that access correctly you could build a very devoted readership. For example, we fans would love to hear things like which young players have excelled in summer workouts or who looks like they are ready to make the leap from backup to starter. Hopefully once practice starts you can use this space to start maximizing the potential of this blog. Good luck.


  • KS

    I agree with sanjuanbear. A lot of the content on this blog is stuff that we can read elsewhere/know already. This is the place that makes us feel like true Cal fans, and we want to know what DeSean ate for breakfast. 🙂 Information about UW doesn’t really make me feel like one.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Sanjuanbear, KS,

    If you went back and looked, I think you’ll find that most of the insights Jay provided were during the season. Summer is kind of a down time. I’ll be around the team much more next week when camp starts and be able to provide many more insights and tidbits. I went back and looked and Jay didn’t even post that often between the end of the season and spring practice. So be patient, and I think you will be satisfied.

  • sanjuanbear

    Thanks Jonathan. Looking forward to it.

  • SonOfAPappysBoy

    I would 2nd the comments, but also appreciate the replies. All of us would love to read inside info n the Bears, and I hope there are some good items (whose doing well, issues, etc.) from your summer camp reports. Remember, we all WANT your stint as the Cal beat guy to be successful! Can’t wait to read more….

  • You guys took the words right out of my mouth. Jay’s genius was that no matter the entry, I learned something new about the team or Cal’s opponent. As Jonathan says, things might be slow,but now it’s August. Right now, I’m coming here because of habit. But in the coming weeks, I hope for longer,deeper stories, that give me the inside dope on my Cal Bears.

  • SpruceBear1

    Jonathan, I for one am hugely appreciative of the frequency and content of your posts. Can’t wait to read more as the season progresses!

  • DP

    To all these Cal fans who keep bringing this up, you need to get this through your heads. Heater’s gone. Deal with it.

  • TrumanHugh

    DP…Most of us realize, now, that Jay is gone, but for some of us, this is still news.

    I, for one, only found out a few days ago when I clicked on my Cal Bear Blog bookmark. Being the off-season, I had no need to see if there were any recent posts until now.

    Also, I am not a regular reader of The Contra Costa Times–I live in another part of the state and we have our own local newspapers here–so I had no way of knowing that Mr. Heater had moved on, why or when. It’s only natural for those of us just learning this to be a little surprised and, perhaps, a little time to adjust to the change.

    I’ll deal with it and move on without much effort or loss of sleep, but if someone wants to draw comparison between or make reference to the “old” and the “new” elements of our blog, so what?

    No doubt, you will read more from “these Cal fans” who are just coming back after the hiatus and haven’t quite dealt with it.

    Deal with it.

  • DP

    Unfortunately, many people have made comments on this site and others about how much the Times’ coverage of Cal has gone down since Heater left. Some have questioned Okanes’ ability, including the first person to post here who even tried to tell Okanes how he should cover the team. What’s the point? Give the man a chance to build his sources and his rapport with the players….players who haven’t even reported to camp yet. Obviously the last post here was not from someone who reads this blog regularly. If he had, he would have seen the constant complaining from Cal fans who so dearly miss Heater. But he’s gone so who cares what how he did his blog. Did anyone with a supposed Cal education think that maybe Okanes’ blog might turn out to be better? Obviously from the tone of some of the posts here, the answer is no. To read some of these idiotic “this blog sucks” posts makes me embarrassed to be a Cal fan.