–Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan has always had a lot of energy.
–ASU receiver Chris McGaha is making his mark on the school’s record books.
–Cal-ASU at a glance.
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins got his fifth commitment to the recruiting class of 2010 when Josh Huestis, a 6-7, 210-pound forward from CM Russell HS in Great Falls, Mont., picked the Cardinal over Harvard on Thursday night. Rivals. com and Scout.com both reported the news.
Huestis, who led his team to the Montana Class AA state title last year, also plays for a traveling team in Southern California. Other collegiate suitors included USC, Arizona State, Washington State and Marquette.
The news comes on the heels of word that sophomore guard Jeremy Green has been suspended from the team indefinitely for what Dawkins called violation of team rules. Media News reported that Green was arrested early Sunday morning for suspicion of felony domestic violence at a campus dormitory.
The case was under investigation, according to a spokesman for the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, and no charges had been filed as of Thursday afternoon.
There was a handful of significant news items tonight so let’s get right to it:
–Cornerback Darian Hagan will not make the trip to Arizona State. Hagan has been suspended for one game for missing a class. Jeff Tedford said Josh Hill will start in that spot, with Chris Conte also seeing time. Tedford said redshirt freshman Marc Anthony will travel to provide depth and also said Charles Amadi could get into the rotation.
In an attempt to curb payments going to third parties, the NCAA has approved changes to rules governing recruiting. Here’s the full story.
Cal senior guard Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher are among just four Pac-10 Conference players named to the 45-man Naismith Trophy pre-season watch list. Arizona’s Nic Wise and Washington’s Isaiah Thomas also were included on the list of finalists for the national player of the year award.
The Pac-10 media have picked Cal to win the conference title, and the Associated Press poll has the Bears at No. 13, their highest pre-season ranking since 1993-94. Cal has not started the season ranked in the AP poll since 1995-96, when they were 25th to begin the season.
The Bears were voted No. 12 nationally by the coaches in the ESPN/USA Today poll. In both the AP and coaches polls, Washington checked in exactly one spot behind Cal.
As expected, Kansas was voted No. 1 in both pre-season polls, with Michigan State and Texas at second and third.
In the Pac-10’s annual basketbal media poll, Cal was voted No. 1 in a survey of 37 voters, earning 25 first-place ballots. Defending champion Washington, which had seven first-place votes, finished second and UCLA was third, picking up the final five first-place votes.
When Cal lines up against Arizona State on Saturday, there’s no guarantee Darian Hagan or Josh Hill will be playing the cornerback position opposite Syd’Quan Thompson.
Maybe it’s just one Chicago guy giving a hard time to another one, but Jerome Randle told me Tuesday night he’s heard from ex-Cal star Sean Lampley, owner of the Bears’ career scoring record since his senior season of 2000-01.
“He’s kind of threatened about the whole (Cal) scoring title,” Randle laughed. “I said, `Just chill out, man.’ I really don’t know. I might not have to score that much this year with the team we have. He’s really threatened right now.”
Lampley scored 1,776 points in four seasons for the Bears, eclipsing the career record held by Lamond Murray, who logged 1,688 points in three seasons through 19939-94.
Randle enters his final campaign with 1,184 career points, ranking him 20th on Cal’s all-time list. He would need to score 593 points to move ahead of Lampley.
The guess here is that Randle might be right: This team could have greater depth and a more balanced scoring attack, meaning that Randle won’t be required to score as much.
Seattle Times writer Percy Allen, who has been counting down his Pac-10 predictions, made Washington his choice over Cal to win the conference. At the crux of his decision: “Cal doesn’t play defense.”
Allen also ran excerpts from an online chat with UW senior Quincy Pondexter, who said that Cal’s Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher and Stanford’s Landry Fields are the league’s best non-UW players.