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Cal football: Some reading

By Jonathan Okanes
Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 10:19 am in off-season stuff.

–ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has an interesting take on Cal, notably that the Bears don’t necessarily need to see improvement from their passing game because of the presence of punter Bryan Anger.

–I touched on it before, but here is the finalized TV schedule from the Pac-10.

–Defensive tackle George Uko has narrowed his list to five schools, and Cal remains in the mix. Uko is rated as the No. 7 DT in the nation by scout.com and No. 15 by rivals.com. It would be quite a get for the Bears to land both Uko and fellow defensive tackle Cassius Marsh, who still says Cal is his No. 1 school.

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  • AMYthicalprogram

    In the ESPN article Ted Miller makes a point I had overlooked. We were tied for second in the conference for TD passes in the conference. Nice!

  • Boris

    Miller makes an excellent point. A related point of concern for the Bears is on kickoff coverage as well as punt returning. Neither of those areas was particularly strong last year, and even modest improvement would go a long way to taking the pressure off of both the passing game as well as the defense.

  • Cal85

    I’m not so comfortable with using Slick Rick as you guide to getting to a national championship. It’s much more complicated than that for the Bears. The bottom line is that the passing game has to be effective enough to take the focus entirely off of Best. Right now, D-coordinators are wondering how to put 11 in the box against the Bears.

    IF (big IF) Best can stay as healthy as he was in the last three games and our passing game can be consistent (not even looking for flashy or break away), we’re in line for a lot of fun this year.

    Go Bears!

  • Scotty Mon

    JO:

    So as of now the Minnesota game is not scheduled for TV? Hopefully one of the local Fox/ESPN2 stations picks it up.

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Scotty, the TV coverage for that game won’t be announced until July. From what I understand, the presence of the Big Ten Network complicates things a little. Cal might have to see if Comcast SportsNet California wants to produce the telecast of the game.