I had a chance to watch one of Cal’s summer workouts Thursday night. The Bears last week began their organized offseason workouts under the direction of strength and conditioning coach John Krazinski. Most of it focuses on weight lifting and conditioning, but it also gives the Bears to work on football-related skills without the supervision of the coaching staff.
The sagging economy has prompted many families to schedule “stay-cations” this summer, but the best high school basketball prospects cannot afford to be homebodies.
Consider the summer schedule of Alex Kirk, a 6-10, 225-pound center from Los Alamos (N.M.) High. The senior-to-be, on the wish list of Cal among perhaps two dozen schools, has an exhausting schedule, according to Alan Kirk, his dad and coach.
Kirk already has played between 50 and 60 games since the end of his high school season, including two trips each to Houston and Dallas, and one each to Atlanta, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Virginia and Los Angeles.
He leaves Tuesday for the June 17-21 NBAPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., then has stops at the June 28-30 Amare Stoudemire camp in Phoenix, the July 5-7 LeBron James Academy in Akron, Ohio, the July 12-15 Nike Peach Jam in Augusta, S.C., before a trip to Orlando, Fla, for the July 24-27 Super Showcase and the July 29 to Aug. 1 AAU nationals.
“Then school starts,” his dad said, only sort of joking.
Here’s my story from Saturday morning’s editions on the big summer recruiting season that awaits coach Mike Montgomery and his Cal coaching staff.
Cal junior-to-be Harper Kamp told me today that his rehab following April 1 knee surgery is going well and that he remains on schedule to be back before the start of next season. The surgery on his right knee has a 4-to-6 month recovery time.
“It’s coming along nicely, about as quick as we expected,” Kamp said. “It’s a slow process, but it’s progressing as it should, I think.”
Kamp, who is working at Cal’s Elite Camp today and tomorrow at Haas Pavilion, is attending summer classes and spending 3 to 5 hours each day in the weight room or training room. His workouts currently are restricted to low-impact cardio work — swimming, biking or walking on the Ultra-G low-impact treadmill — along with upper body and core work in the weight room.
“It’s not all real intense work, it’s just a lot of stuff to do,” Kamp said.
For excerpts from Jahvid Best’s appearance last night on Chronicle Live, click here. The first three will be from Jennifer Azzi’s appearance followed by the first Best excerpt. Use the right arrow to scroll through the rest of Best’s soundbites.
Now that Fox Sports Net has made its selections for Pac-10 games this season, we have a good skeleton of the schedule. FSN picked up seven games in its initial selection process for its national broadcasts, and no Cal games were involved. But that doesn’t mean Cal won’t have some of its games aired on FSN eventually.
As many of you know by now, the Pac-10 reserves a substantial chunk of games during the conference season to be claimed by either ABC, FSN or Versus either six or 12 days (usually 12) before they are played. So far, only three Cal games are set in stone for TV: Sept. 5 vs. Maryland (ESPN2, 7 p.m.), Sept. 26 at Oregon (ABC, 12:30 p.m.) and Oct. 2 vs. USC (ABC, 5 p.m.). Washington announced that the game against Cal on Dec. 5 at Husky Stadium will air on FSN Northwest and begin at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, which carries some FSN programming, could pick up that Washington game. Or CSN California, which holds exclusive regional rights to Cal sports, could produce its own broadcast if it chooses to do so. Right now, Cal is in discussions with CSN California to see which games it might be able to telecast.
The only games CSN California could pick up before the season are the ones at Washington and Minnesota and at home against Eastern Washington. The rest would first be subjected to the 6/12-day window. Seeing as Cal is considered one of the top contenders in the Pac-10 this season and should begin the year ranked in the Associated Press top 15, it’s a good bet that many of the Bears’ games will be selected by one of the networks as the season goes along.
The situation for the Minnesota game probably won’t be decided until next month. The Big Ten is expected to announce a start time and local TV arrangement for the game in July. Then Cal will see about how it can get the game on locally here.
Here’s a blog item from the L.A. Times, tossing out a few names of potential successors to Tim Floyd at USC:
Pittsburgh Coach Jamie Dixon, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and was a standout at Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, would be the first choice of some USC basketball fans when the school begins its search to find a replacement for Tim Floyd, who reportedly resigned Tuesday.
Another logical candidate would be Oregon State Coach Craig Robinson. More possibilities: Former Sacramento Kings Coach Reggie Theus, St. Mary’s Coach Randy Bennett and Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg.
But the Trojans could be hampered in trying to hire a top replacement, considering no one knows what the outcome will be on the ongoing NCAA investigation involving O.J. Mayo and the Trojans basketball program.
— Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times
And this from ESPN.com’s Andy Katz:
If USC athletic director Mike Garrett is making the decision — and that’s still to be determined — then he is expected to go with someone that has a clean NCAA record. Multiple sources have confirmed the school will struggle to fill this position with an established, elite coach who is in no mood to rebuild. That would take out coaches like Pitt’s Jamie Dixon and Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt. Even a coach a notch below, like Saint Mary’s Randy Bennett, doesn’t have to take the USC job to rebuild when he has his own program cruising. Whereas a coach like Long Beach State’s Dan Monson, who has gone through NCAA overhauls at Minnesota and Long Beach State, might be a viable choice if the Trojans are looking for a cleanup man.
Multiple sources have told ESPN.com that USC may take a similar path that it did when it was in the same predicament before Floyd was hired. Rick Majerus was the first choice and he was out of coaching at the time. Floyd was next, another out-of-coaching candidate. Former Sacramento Kings and New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus is expected to make an attempt at the job. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie would also make sense as a coach who isn’t affiliated and doesn’t have NCAA issues. If Garrett wants to make a similar splash nationally, a number of sources have speculated that former Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight may be contacted. Garrett may also look at former Sonics and one-time college head coach P.J. Carlesimo as a possibility. But the key for the Trojans will be to get in someone who is willing to deal with the possibility of major sanctions like Tom Crean did at Indiana when he came over from Marquette. USC will have a hard time holding onto recruiting classes from 2010-12 with the unknown of the NCAA still hovering over its head.
_ Andy Katz, ESPN.com
USC confirmed tonight that Tim Floyd has resigned as the Trojans’ coach, but made virtually no other comment on that news or the ongoing investigation that led to Floyd’s decision.
Here is USC’s official statement on Floyd’s resignation.
Floyd, 55, coached the Trojans to a record of 85-50 in four seasons, but leaves with three years left on his contract. His departure means the Pac-10 will have three news coaches next season, including Sean Miller at Arizona and Ken Bone at Washington State.
Former Cal star Kevin Johnson will be the focus of a 30-minute special, “A Day in the Life With Kevin Johnson,” to be aired Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNetCalifornia.
Johnson went on to a spectacular career in the NBA and now is mayor of his hometown of Sacramento.
Comcast SportsNet’s Matt Morrison spent the day with Johnson on Feb. 25, the day of his first State of the City address. The network’s cameras were there for Johnson’s 5 a.m. run with his staff, along with his speech, where he was introduced by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Also featured in the piece are former Warriors player and coach Al Attles, NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, a native of Oakland.
After its Wednesday debut,”A Day in the Life with Kevin Johnson” wiil be replayed on June 11 (10:00 p.m.), June 14 (12:00 p.m.), June 18 (6:00 p.m.), June 20 (10:30 p.m.), and June 22 (4:30 p.m.).