Scout.com is reporting Cal has secured an oral commitment from Mitty-San Jose quarterback Kyle Boehm, who had offers from many Division I schools, including Pac-10 rivals Washington, Oregon State and Arizona State. Scout ranks Boehm as the 20th-best quarterback in the 2011 class. Boehm becomes the third player to commit for 2011, joining defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil and running back Darren Ervin.
Coach John Calipari said today he will be at Kentucky next year, rather than bolt for the NBA and a possible assignment coaching LeBron James. OK, maybe. Why does this matter, assuming you buy it? Elite-level prep recruit Terrence Jones of Portland, Ore., committed to Washingon two weeks ago, but still has not signed. What’s’ he waiting for? The other school he’s considering is Kentucky. If he’s convinced Coach Cal is staying put, perhaps the Cats become a more attractive option.
Elsewhere . . .
— Oregon State has signed 6-9 forward Eric Moreland, a transfer from UTEP.
- Here’s an exercise to keep you busy: Compare the Pac-10 composite schedule with the recently released early TV schedule. Then look at the 6 or 12-day window time slots available for TV and determine the chances Cal has of being televised in those weeks. Keep in mind that Fox Sports Net will announce additional broadcasts on June 1.
- Defensive end Cameron Jordan is ready for a big season, even if it starts under the radar.
- ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says wide recevier will be an important position battle at Cal this fall.
Odds and ends from the Pac-10 . . .
— Arizona State freshman forward Victor Rudd became the fourth Sun Devils player this offseason to announce he will transfer. Earlier, Demetrius Walker, Taylor Rohde, and Brandon Thompson departed the program.
— New Oregon coach Dana Altman is hoping that JC transfer forward Tyrone Nared — his second signee — is part of the “solution” to the Ducks’ woes.
— Here’s a look at what the “new” Pauley Pavilion should look like in two years after a $136 million renovation.
— Former UCLA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants all players to go to college before the NBA. He recommends raising the minimum age requirement to 21 years old.
— It’s a week old, but here’s a story from the Los Angeles Daily News on UCLA’s signing of guard Matt Carlino of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Terrence Jones, the highly rated forward from Jefferson HS in Portland, remains unsigned as of this morning, and the spring signing deadline is a week from today — May 19.
Will he sign — either with Washington, to whom he gave a verbal commitment, or to Kentucky — or will he wait?
And if the deadlines comes and goes without Jones’ name on a letter-of-intent, what does that mean?
Not much, actually. At least in Jones’ case. He still can choose to sign scholarship papers with a school, but cannot sign the binding LOI, which only really benefits the school, anyway.
Check out Seattle Times beat writer Percy Allen’s latest blog post, explaining all the various factors.
This situation will be interesting to follow because you wonder if it could become a trend among the real high-end recruits. I’ve long thought if you’re the next Shaquille O’Neal coming out of high school, there’s little or no benefit to signing a letter-of-intent. It’s a one-way contract that binds the player to the school.
Let’s say Jones signs a LOI with Kentucky, then John Calipari leaves to coach the Chicago Bulls. Coach Cal gets big money (even bigger than he gets now), but Jones is stuck in Lexington, or must sit out a year if he transfers. The elite player can dictate things and sign the scholarship papers, but decline the LOI, keeping his options open.
The regular recruit won’t be able to get away it — schools will insist he also signs the letter-of-intent so there is commitment from the player.
But if you’re a Junior John Wall, you make the rules, and most schools still will welcome your arrival.
We’ll see if Terrence Jones views himself that way.
Fox Sports Net has picked up three of Cal’s 2010 games — Sept. 11 vs. Colorado, Oct. 16 at USC and the Big Game against Stanford on Nov. 20 at Memorial Stadium. All three games will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and will air in the Bay Area on either Comcast SportsNet Bay Area or Comcast SportsNet California.
FSN made the selections after ABC/ESPN decided not to pick up any of Cal’s remaining games. It had already been announced that ESPN2 will broadcast Cal’s Sept. 17 game at Nevada.
But that doesn’t mean the Bears’ presence on ABC/ESPN ultimately will only be limited to the Nevada game. ABC/ESPN reserves several time slots during the season to fill in with games 6 or 12 days before the game (usually 12). The network then is assured to air the most meaningful games. The Bears traditionally are picked up for most of those games, so they should be on ABC/ESPN more than once. But if Cal has a down season or isn’t viewed as a strong draw, some games could be in jeopardy of not being on TV. Fourty-four of Cal’s past 45 games have been on television, with the only exception being last year’s contest against Washington State.
More surrounding Cal’s temporary move to AT&T Park in 2011:
- Athletic director Sandy Barbour said the reduced capacity will mean less seats allotted for the visiting team.
- Barbour said they have only just started discussing where season-ticket holders will be seated. She said fans who have bought into the ESP program will get the best seats.
- Barbour said even if the Oakland Coliseum only had one tenant, AT&T still would have been the choice.
- Coach Jeff Tedford said now that the venue for 2011 has been selected, the program can move forward trying to schedule the two open dates remaining on the schedule.
- Tedford is confident the impact will be minimal in terms of how the team prepares for a home game. He said the only difference is the Bears might spend Friday nights in a San Francisco hotel rather than down on the Berkeley marina. He said he doesn’t want to get stuck in a situation where the Bay Bridge is closed for some reason and the team can’t get to the stadium on gameday.
- Tedford said AT&T Park provided a good home field advantage at the Emerald Bowl because the crowd is right on top of the field. “Usually, I don’t hear much in a stadium because I have the double headsets on,” Tedford said. “But I remember taking my headset off a couple times during the game and it was roaring. It has the ability to get loud in here.”
- Monday’s announcment isn’t the only thing going on around Cal football. Next week, the staff is being moved out of their offices in Memorial Stadium as the construction heats up. Temporary offices, locker rooms and a weight room have been put up next to Witter Rugby Field.
- Here’s my story today on the announcement that Cal will play its 2011 home games at AT&T Park. Don’t forget to vote in the online poll.
- More coverage of Cal’s temporary move to San Francisco.
- You can watch yesterday’s press conference here.
- It’s the middle of May, so naturally it’s time for some bowl projections. Ted Miller has the Bears going to El Paso.
- Incoming freshman Gabe King discusses why he chose to sign with Cal.
The announcement that Cal will play its 2011 home games at AT&T Park comes as somewhat of a surprise to me. Clearly, it has the most modern and desirable facilities, but the fact that Cal will have to sacrifice around 20,000 fans per game seems like a significant drawback.
I am working on my story for the paper and will have more later, but here are some quick notes from today’s press conference announcing Cal will play its 2011 home games at AT&T Park.
- Unlike the Emerald Bowl, the configuration will be changed to have teams on opposite sidelines. In the previous configuation, teams had to share one sideline.
- Extra bleachers will be added to make the capacity 45,000. The sellout crowd for the 2008 Emerald Bowl in which Cal beat Miami was 42,268.
- Athletic director Sandy Barbour acknowledged the biggest disadvantage with AT&T Park is the smaller seating capacity, but said all of the other advantages outweighed the Oakland Coliseum or Candlestick Park. She also said AT&T Park offered the best financial model.
- Jeff Tedford said now that the site for 2011 home games has been determined, it should speed up the process of filling the two remaining open home dates on the schedule.
- Giants president Larry Baer said in the event the Giants make the 2011 postseason and a home conflicts with Cal, the Bears will have to find a different venue.
- Baer said the Giants hope to make AT&T Park feel as much like the new Memorial Stadium as possible in terms of the amenities and atmosphere.
More to come….