Football: Martin quotes

A sampling of what Chris Martin had to say after committing to Cal:

On why he chose Cal

I made the commitment to Cal because it was the best family decision overall just as far as being at home. The system, with the 3-4 defense, was another thing. Overall, it’s just the relationship with the coaches. They made me feel like being at home was where it was at. This is where I needed to play. This was more of a family decision. I thought it would be best for me and my family to come back home and let them watch me play, instead of me going far away.


On whether Cal was at the top of his list after decommitting from Notre Dame

Cal wasn’t near the top when I decommitted, actually. They were far from it. They grew on me over time. It just kept growing on me that it was a place that I wanted to be at.


On why he decommitted from Notre Dame

The coaching change


On last weekend’s recruiting visit

We went to Coach Tedford’s house. He treated the recruits the same way he treated his players. They treat everyone the same, whether it be Jahvid or a walk-on. That was big to me.


On whether he considers Cal to be on the same national level as it was after the 2006 season

I think they are very much a national power. They just need a few things to put them over the hump and that’s what our recruiting class is going to bring. We just need to get back on track. There were some key parts that were missing. You can see it from the years when they were banging on the door and getting ready to be No. 1 in the country. There were a few key parts that were missing. You’re going to see a major difference when we get up there. There’s going to be a lot of hard work put into that program when we get there in the fall.


On whether he believes he can play right away

I can see it. I was at the practice for the bowl game and I can see it. That’s not a knock on anyone. It’s just the players that are leaving – it’s wide open for me. I’m going to have to work for it, but it’s wide open for me. I’m anxious to get out there.


On Cal’s new facilities

You can’t say Cal is not a big-time program. They’ve played in a lot of big-time games. You can’t knock the education. The one knock they had was the facilities. Now they have that, so what can you say?

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • rollonubears

    On Cal’s new facilities

    “You can’t say Cal is not a big-time program. They’ve played in a lot of big-time games. You can’t knock the education. The one knock they had was the facilities. Now they have that, so what can you say?”

    Well said!

  • milo

    Indeed, the SAHPC is happening and the pay-off has begun. Tip of the cap to Sandy Barbour for getting it started and to Tedford for sticking around.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    So with those facilities the performances of Ayoob, Longshore and Riley would be significantly better?

  • Pug

    Longshore’s Bears missed the Rose Bowl by the length of DeSean Jackson’s big toe.

  • robert

    Moron, maybe with Chow back Barkley would have led the trojans to the holiday bowl…

  • Larry

    “And a child shall lead them, to the Emerald Bowl”—HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Loser!

  • abe

    Why don’t we all make a pact: lets not make any references to that miserable game at Arizona in ’06. I have been a sport fan for as long as i remember and have labored through all kinds of disappointments, be it watching Maradona cry as Argentina lost to Germany in the 1990 world cup final or Zidane get red carded in ’06 from yet another world cup final when France lost to Italy, or Federer losing to Nadal at Wimbledon, off course Cal losing to OSU in ’07…etc…. But i can honestly say that none of the above or others i failed to mention compare to the pain that i endured from this loss as it all but sealed our fate in not making it to the rose bowl that year, thus extending the drought by yet another year. Cal already had a loss at Tennessee and I didn’t think we would be ‘SC at ‘SC a team that looked like it was headed to the NC game (and it was save the loss at UCLA) so I knew for Cal to go to the rose bowl that year it couldn’t afford to lose any more games. Even if we finish second in the Pac 10 and ‘SC went to the NC game there was no way a three loss Cal, possibly unranked, or ranker in the 20’s was going to any BCS game so regardless of what happened to ‘SC the rest of the season. It was truly the most painful time of my life.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Pug Says:
    December 15th, 2009 at 6:27 pm
    Longshore’s Bears missed the Rose Bowl by the length of DeSean Jackson’s big toe.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It’s always something with you guys. Never mind your opponent totally sucked and yet you managed somehow to choke another game.

  • rollonubears

    i’m not sure what the troll is talking about, because troll posts are block, but i do think it’s funny that she continues to hang around here after her team completely embarrassed itself over the last few months.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    “You can’t say Cal is not a big-time program. They’ve played in a lot of big-time games. >>>>>>> You are not a big time program. You have not played in a lot of big-time games. You do not have a Heisman winner (which even smaller schools like BYU, Navy, Army, Stanford)do. You have not played in a BCS type bowl in 50 years. You have choked frequently when you have been on the big stage (every game against USC since 2004, Tennessee 2006, Mary-land 2008, etc). You do not have one Outland winner, Lombardi winner, OBrien winner, etc. You have no consensus All American linebacker or defensive line player in many many years. You have not finished as the undisputed conference championsin 70 years? Do you need more reasons as to why you are not a big time program?

  • MikeD

    don’t forget – don’t respond to the troll, since that screws it up for the rest of us who have the greasemonkey script installed

    you can install the greasemonkey script too – block her comments so you can have the pleasure of not seeing the posts


    123 happy users and counting

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    This is the first time in 7 years we didn’t win the conference championship and didn’t end up ranked in the top 10 and you people on this board act like it is Armaggedon. We knew this year would be a challenge. I think PC knew we would have a hard time staying on top and that is why he started Matt and stuck with Matt. Now let’s watch and see what happens the next 3 years. We were 6 seconds away from our third NC. We have been the most dominant program in college football. We play everyone including OSU, Nebraska, etc. Enjoy your commiseuration now because there won’t be much after this except between 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th place finishers which you will be a part of. It is your program circling the drain.

    It is truly laughable how a fan of one team that has had such a deplorable, non achieving 50 years of football can bash one of college football’s finest. I guess that is the kind of titillation you need in order to fill the void of your own pathetic program. And for your information I have been a Trojan fan since 1989 when I saw them first play in your stadium. We weren’t that good and I even rode it through during the Hackett years.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    BTW get your shots in now because I have decided not to return to this blog for awhile once our season is over. However I will check in just to keep you honest. I wouldn’t feel the necessity to visit here as often as I do if it wasn’t for the lies and the extreme comments made about my team, its players, coaches and history.

  • BlueNGold

    Its rather comical that the CCTimes deletes messages about the inane posts of the trash talking troll, but leaves intact the troll’s posts that respond to them.

  • Dan

    BlueNGold- You are spot on. Inane is probably putting it mildly. They leave the scores and scores of insulting and “looking for a fight” comments from the troll and remove those that address the troll. In addition to that, I have seen at least 20 individuals implore the CCTimes to remove the troll as a user, as so many other blogs have done, but they continue to allow the troll to post while censoring those that respond back to the troll and allowing the troll to respond to posts that have been removed as you wrote.

    My advice- go to Wilner’s blog- the troll is has not been there. Also, boycott this blog if the troll is here and allowed to be here.

    Best to take the advice of the wisest. Don’t feed the troll, don’t talk to the troll, don’t listen to the troll, don’t encourage the troll. Just ignore the troll. I will now take that advice.

  • BlueNGold

    Actually Dan, the ironic thing is that my post that got deleted was not in response to the troll. It was a post about the futility of others who respond to the troll by posting digs at that certain so-called university of which the troll purports to be a fan.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Dan Says:
    December 16th, 2009 at 3:24 pm
    My advice- go to Wilner’s blog- the troll is has not been there. Also, boycott this blog if the troll is here and allowed to be here.>>>>>>>>>>>>> FYI – I have commented many many times on Wilner’s blog. I have been received very well too. Those commenting seem to have more football knowledge than those who post here.