I talked this morning with Steve Smith, coach at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., who admitted he has no new insights into where his 6-foot-9 center prospect, Keith Gallon, is headed to college. Smith confirmed that Cal is among Gallon’s three finalists, but said he hadn’t talked to Gallon since the player returned from a weekend recruiting visit to Mississippi State.
Smith said Gallon — rated as the No. 31 prospect in the nation by rivals.com — has waffled a bit between signing with a school during the fall letter-of-intent period that begins Nov. 12 or waiting until the spring.
Asked about earlier comments by Gallon that he would wait to sign, Smith said, “That’s what he was planning. I’m not sure (what he’s going to do). He talked about signing early, but if he does that means Cal would probably be in a little bit of trouble because he hasn’t had a chance to visit Cal.”
Cal’s win over UCLA sets up a huge game this Saturday against Oregon. There are now just four teams left with only one loss in Pac-10 play, and the Bears and the Ducks are two of them. The loser obviously will have an uphill climb to win the conference championship, although that team can be comforted a little bit by the fact that each of the past two Pac-10 champs finished with two losses.
Here’s a story I did for today’s editions on Cal’s first week of practice under Mike Montgomery, and how the former Stanford coach is trying to be patient as the Bears absorb his ways of doing things.
For a look at what else is going on around the Pac-10, here’s a link to the Arizona Daily Star and a story on interim coach Russ Pennell, along with columnist Greg Hansen’s opinion that fearlessness was Lute Olson’s lasting legacy of Arizona.
Top point guard recruit Abdul Gaddy, once committed to sign with Arizona, tells the L.A. Times how he now considers UCLA or Washington his more likely destination.
Also, new Oregon State coach Craig Robinson, brother-in-law to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, is toughening up his players with 5:30 a.m. practices.
–Right tackle Chet Teofilo left the game after the first series with a sprained ankle
–Backup right tackle Matt Laird left with a shoulder injury
–Jeff Tedford once again said the quarterback position will be evaluated through the week for next Saturday’s game against Oregon.
–Jahvid Best is nursing a sprained ankle, and it’s actually bothering him more than his elbow.
Total yards: UCLA 253, Cal 385
Rushing: Coleman 4-6, Best 17-115, 1 TD; Vereen 14-99, Slocum 5-34.
Passing: Craft 17-35-4 206, Riley 11-22 153, 2 TD
Receiving: Embree 5-90, Johnson 5-47, Ross 3-44, Boateng 2-67, 1 TD
Tackles: Moore 9, Thompson 10.
Total yards: UCLA 205, Cal 180
Rushing: Coleman 4-6, Bell 6-5, Best 14-95, 1 TD.
Passing: Craft 15-26-3 188, Riley 7-14 78.
Receiving: Embree 5-90, Johnson 3-34, Ross 2-36.
Tackles: Bosworth 6, Thompson 9, Mohamed 7.
Today’s attendance at Memorial Stadium is 64,653.
On the last possession, the Bears went with Donovan Edwards at right tackle for the last couple of plays. That came after Matt Laird was called for holding and was beaten for a sack. Edwards has taken reps at left tackle all year as MItchell Schwartz’s backup, but he’s playing the right side now.
Total yards: UCLA 146, Cal 124
Rushing: Bell 5-6, Coleman 2-6, Best 11-74, 1 TD; Vereen 8-23
Passing: Craft 10-18-3 131, Riley 4-9-0 33
Receiving: Embree 4-71
Tackles: Bosworth 4, Thompson 5, Mohamed 4, Hagan 3, Alualu 3.
You may have noticed that Matt Laird has replaced Chet Teofilo at right tackle. I haven’t heard the reason; assuming Teofilo got banged up.