Basketball: ESPN unveils Game Day schedule

The ESPN Game Day crew won’t be returning to Berkeley this season, despite a great show last year. But here’s the schedule, released this week by ESPN. It includes a first-ever visit to Washington on Feb. 20, when the Huskies will take on UCLA.

The eight-week series will explore five first-time sites and will include a women’s game for the first time. The program features two one-hour shows each Saturday, at 8 a.m. PT and at 5 p.m., originating from the site of the 6 p.m. game.

Date    Site    Game (All 6 p.m. PT on ESPN unless otherwise noted)

Jan. 16 Storrs, Conn.   Notre Dame at Connecticut (women’s)
Jan. 23 Clemson, S.C.   Duke at Clemson
Jan. 30 Manhattan, Kan. Kansas at Kansas State (3 p.m. show and game at 4 p.m.)
Feb. 6  Champaign, Ill. Michigan State at Illinois
Feb. 13 Lexington, Ky.  Tennessee at Kentucky
Feb. 20 Seattle, Wash.  UCLA at Washington
Feb. 27 Syracuse, N.Y.  Villanova at Syracuse
Mar. 6  Durham, N.C.    North Carolina at Duke

Football: Training camp report — Aug. 18

The Bears held the first of two training camp scrimmages tonight, in front of what will be the last gathering of invited guests for a practice at Cal. Jeff Tedford confirmed after the scrimmage that starting tomorrow, media will only be allowed to view the first 20 minutes and final 10 minutes of practice. He also said he will be limiting the family and friends of the program that have typically watched practice in the past.

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Football: New practice policy

I was informed last night that, starting Wednesday, media will only be allowed to watch the first 20 minutes and the last 10 minutes of practice. This will obviously have a major impact on the media’s ability to cover the team. I hope to have an explanation from Jeff Tedford after tonight’s scrimmage.


Football: Odds and ends

Some notes from the past couple of days:

–Freshman running back Dasarte Yarnway looks the part of a potential impact player. The 6-0, 222-pounder is built more solidly than any other tailback on the roster and has good explosion. Yarnway already has gotten some reps with the first and second team, although some of that is due to the fact that Jahvid Best hasn’t practiced lately.

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Football: Monday links

–Care to see who Jahvid Best’s competition is for the Maxwell Award? Here’s the complete list.

–Finally catching up to this: Best was named to the ESPN.com preseason All-America Team.

–My story yesterday examined the career so far of defensive lineman Mike Costanzo, who has yet to live up to the expectations that surrounded him when he arrived at Cal.

–Former USF football star Burl Toler, whose son and grandson both playe at Cal, passed away Sunday.


Basketball: Will Wooden ignore Pac-10’s best?

Andy Katz of ESPN.com has projected six Pac-10 players, including Cal seniors Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher, among the possible pre-season top-50 list for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s best college basketball player.

But when Katz made the cut to his best guess for the top-15, no Pac-10 player is among them.

On the other hand, his top three candidates — Kansas center Cole Aldrich, Iowa State forward Craig Brackins and Kansas guard Sherron Collins — all will face Cal this season.

Here’s Katz’s story.