A couple of things I didn’t get to before vacation, and this is one of them: The preseason college football publications have been out for awhile. Here is a rundown of how Cal is being perceived nationally:
Here’s my story from this morning’s editions on Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher — along with Saint Mary’s center Omar Samhan — signing to play in the NBA’s summer leagues.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford talked after last season about examining everything that goes on his program. After doing so, one major change he is implementing next season is his players’ daily routine.
Today is my last day before I take a couple weeks of vacation time. I will have a few more posts before I go. To begin with, here are a few links:
–Here’s an update on the construction around Memorial Stadium and how it will effect home games this season.
–A look at Cal’s new Gameday T-shirt.
–As expected, USC filed an appeal to have some of its NCAA sanctions overturned.
–ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says the secondary is Cal’s most uncertain position heading into 2010.
–Miller also ranks linebacker Mike Mohamed at No. 9 in his countdown of the Pac-10′s top 25 players.
–A behind the scenes look at Shane Vereen’s live chat with me last month.
Thanks to those of you who casted votes for Cal’s greatest player, coach and season ever. I see that some of you took it seriously and others not so much. There was no real consensus for the top player, and I agree that there isn’t one or two players that should obviously be labeled as the program’s greatest player.
You picked Andy Smith as the top coach, and you won’t get any argument from me. Smith went 74-16-7 from 1916-25 and that included a 50-game unbeaten streak. He also led the Bears to the Rose Bowl in 1920 and 1921.
The top season was a tie between 1898 and 1937. The Bears went 8-0-2 in 1898 and outscored their opponents 221-5. In 1937, Cal was 10-0-1 and beat Alabama in the Rose Bowl. Cal finished that season ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll.
As for my selections that I will submit to the Champaign News-Gazette, I am picking running back Russell White as Cal’s greatest player, over Chuck Muncie, Les Richter, Jackie Jensen and Rod Franz. White is Cal’s all-time leading rusher and was a first team All-Ameircan 1991. I am going with Smith as the top coach and 1937 as the greatest season.
Linebacker Mike Mohamed has been named to yet another preseason watch list, this time the Nagurski Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top defensive player. Mohamed had previously been named to the watch list for the Lott Trophy and the Lombardi Award.
Cal held its annual full contact camp over the weekend and came away with a pair of oral commitments. Athlete Jordan Morgan of Chandler, Ariz. gave his word to coach Jeff Tedford while wide receiver Maurice Harris of Greensboro, N.C. also committed. Harris is the cousin of incoming Cal recruits Keenan Allen and Zach Maynard.
–Utah may officially have joined the Pac-10, but there still are many unanswered questions.
–The Salt Lake Tribune’s story about Utah’s move to the Pac-10.
–Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott says the upcoming decisions can now come at a slower pace.
I’ve been out of action on some vacation, but wanted to pass on news to those who hadn’t heard — former Cal players Omondi Amoke (dismissed) and D.J. Seeley (transferred) both have signed with Cal State Fullerton. Each must sit out next season before becoming eligible as juniors in 2011-12.
Former USF point guard Kwame Vaughn, a product of Skylne HS in Oakland, also has joined the Titans.
Here’s the official news release from Fullerton.