Basketball: Cal vs. Iowa St. in Hardwood Series

Cal will play Iowa State at Haas Pavilion on Saturday, Dec. 5 as part of the third Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.

Here’s the full schedule for the series. Game times and TV information will be announced  at a later date.

The Golden Bears and Cyclones have met just three times, with Iowa State holding a 2-1 series edge. That includes a 75-64 Iowa State victory in the 1996 NCAA tournament opener.

Iowa State was just 15-17 a year ago, finishing 10th in the Big 12 with a 4-12 record. But the Cyclones return 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior-to-be Craig Brackins, who averaged 20.2 points and 9.5 rebounds, and scored 42 points against Kansas.

Speaking of the Jayhawks, they figure to be ranked No. 1 headed into next season after big man Cole Aldrich and point guard Sherron Collins both announced they will be back. KU also picked up one of the nation’s top 10 recruiting prospects, when 6-6 wing Xavier Henry opted for Lawrence, rather than following coach John Calipari from Memphis to Kentucky.

Cal has not announced its full schedule for next season, but the Bears reportedly are playing a non-conference game against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse.


Cal football: Sundberg to Carolina

Former Cal long snapper Nick Sundberg signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers immediately after the draft last night. HIs agent, Ryan Tollner, said a handful of teams pursued Sundberg but Carolina was the best option. Tollner said the Panthers don’t currently have a long snapper on their roster that has ever snapped in an NFL game.


Cal football: Longshore to Miami

Erik Burkhardt, the agent for former Cal quarterback Nate Longshore, just confirmed for me that his client is heading to the MIami Dolphins as a camp invitee. Burkhardt said Longshore was close to going to Cincinnati last night but the Dolphins became a better fit this morning. Longshore will take part in the Dolphins’ rookie mini-camp this weekend.


Cal football: Williams speaks

I had a short conversation with Cal linebacker Worrell Williams after the draft. Of course, Williams was not drafted after most projections had him going in the later rounds. Here is some of what he said:

His reaction: “It’s definitely a humbling experience. It was a wild draft. A lot of people went in spots they weren’t expected to go.”

Whether he was surprised: “I was shocked. I thought there was a chance I could slip but not that i wouldn’t get drafted at all. Everything happens for a reason. Patience is what I need right now, and I’ll go from there.”