Basketball: Trojans snag point guard

New USC coach Kevin O’Neill got a commitment this weekend from Maurice Jones, a point guard from Arthur Hill HS in Saginaw, Mich., according to a report on scout.com. ¬†Jones is just 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, but averaged 28 points and 13 assists as a junior last season.

Jones, the Trojans’ fifth recruit in the class of 2010, picked USC over Baylor, South Fliorida and St. Bonaventure.


Football: Cleaning house

Didn’t have much time yesterday to get on here but wanted to catch up on a few things, starting with links:

–Here’s my story on the Oregon game. The focus? Just how good is Cal anyway?

–Columnist Cam Inman isn’t very convinced the Bears can right the ship.

–A notebook off the game, looking at the Bears’ inability to stop tight end Ed Dickson.

–Columnist Gary Peterson says the Bears have to complete some passes¬†to fix the offensive warts that showed up against Oregon.

–Most of you have probably seen it by now, but Cal had a big fall in this week’s Associated Press top 25.

–The folks who project the bowl games at ESPN.com apparently weren’t too impressed with Cal’s performance Saturday.

–ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has Cal at No. 3 in his power rankings, with Oregon sitting on top.


Football: Sunday night update

I wasn’t able to attend Cal’s conditioning workout tonight, but Jeff Faraudo did and provided this sampling of Jeff Tedford’s comments:

–Breaking down the Oregon tape: “Painful. When you look at it, there were so many opportunities. Typically, it was one thing, one guy. It really becomes evident, it’s just so important that 11 guys play together. You have 10 guys doing the right thing and one guy doesn’t do his thing . . . it’s a lot of opportunities we didn’t capitalize on.

Football: Third quarter stats

First downs: Cal 10, Oregon 23

Total yards: Cal 163, Oregon 468

Rushing: Best 16-55, James 21-118, 1 TD

Passing: Riley 11-25-0, 114 yards; Masoli 21-25-0, 253 yards, 3 TDs

Receiving: Ross 3-8, Tucker 2-62, Dickson 11-148, 3 TDs; Maehl 6-56.

Tackles: Johnson 8, Lewis 5.