Looks like it’s going to be raining pretty hard during the game tomorrow. Bring your ponchos.
–Here’s our story today, a feature on linebacker Mike Mohammed, who has thrived despite not starting. He will start tomorrow’s game.
–The game matches perhaps the two best centers in the country. Mack didn’t say much about it this week, only that “He’s a good player. I hope I’m a good player.”
–The Oregonian also takes a look at the players to watch from each team.
—Lots of notes from the Portland Tribune.
Here is today’s story on new Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, whose sister could become first lady after Tuesday’s presidential election. Also, an update on what’s going on at Arizona these days.
–Here’s the notes we had today, taking a look back at Marcus Ezeff’s memorable forced fumble in last year’s game at Oregon.
–Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who has been a revelation behind center, has to guard against trying too hard in his return home. Masoli is a San Francisco native.
–The Portland Tribune also looks at Masoli’s return home, but has plenty of other notes as well.
OK, let’s get this out of the way first: Kevin Riley will start at quarterback Saturday.
It’s looking more and more like Cal’s offensive line is going to be a big storyline against Oregon. As expected, coach Jeff Tedford confirmed Donovan Edwards will get his first career start at right tackle because of the injuries to starter Chet Teofilo (ankle) and backup Matt Laird (shoulder).
But the situation is getting worse. It now looks like right guard Noris Malele wont’ be able to go because of a sprained ankle suffered at the beginning of practice Tuesday. Malele was still in a boot Thursday and missed practice again. Tedford stopped short of completely ruling him out, but it doesn’t appear realistic that he will play.
USC coach Tim Floyd has landed some of the nation’s best talent the past couple years — O.J. Mayo before the 2007-08 season, freshman DeMar DeRozan this year.
Talent attracts talent, and one of USC’s other freshmen apparently believes he has selling power, too.
Floyd told the story of Percy Romeo Miller, the son of rapper of Master P who starred in his own Nickelodeon TV show, “Romeo,” from 2003 to 2006. Continue Reading
A few odds and ends from Pac-10 media day:
— Arizona State coach Herb Sendek, whose club just missed becoming the seventh Pac-10 school to earn an NCAA tournament berth last season, is predicting big things again from the conference.
“I expect our league once again to be among the top couple in the country,” he said. “I don’t think it would be a stretch for us to have as many teams, or even more, than we did last year in the NCAA tournament.”
Actually, that would be a stretch, but that’s the kind of hyperbole that coaches feel compelled to deliver at these preseason events.
Cal punter Bryan Anger has been one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation’s top punter. Anger is the only freshman and Pac-10 punter on the list. Anger’s 44.8 average currently is 8th in the country.
The Pac-10 Conference media made its annual predictions on the league finish Thursday, and UCLA was virtually a unanimous pick to win the conference again. The Bruins got all but one of 38 first-place votes cast. Cal was picked eighth and Stanford ninth.
UCLA coach Ben Howland wasn’t so sure about how the media viewed the Bay Area schools.
“I don’t know where everybody’s going to finish,” he said, “but I don’t expect Stanford to finish ninth or Cal eighth with Mike (Montgomery) back. Immediately, Cal is already improved with the addition of him as their head coach. He’s going to do a great job.”
PAC-10 MEDIA POLL
1. UCLA (37) 397
2. Arizona State (1) 325
3. USC 292
4. Arizona 241
5. Washington 217
6. Washington State 188
7. Oregon 147
8. Cal 143
9. Stanford 115
10. Oregon State 40
As always, we will conduct our live chat today from 1-2 p.m. Hope to see you there.
Cal’s two newcomers — freshmen D.J. Seeley and Jorge Gutierrez — made their first public appearances at Haas Pavilion on Wednesday night as the Golden Bears staged an open scrimmage for fans.
“It was fun,” said Seeley, the shooting guard from Modesto Christian High. “It was a good atmosphere.”
It will be substantially better when there are more than a few hundred fans in the building, as was the case Wednesday. New coach Mike Montgomery talked with the gathering after the hour-long scrimmage and said he’s looking forward to the same raucous crowds that routinely greeted his Stanford teams for 18 seasons.