- LB Mike Mohamed returned to practice today, but the Bears don’t go in pads on Thursdays. Mohamed says he feels good and can play, but that ultimate decision won’t be known until game day.
- DE Trevor Guyton hasn’t practiced this week after suffering an undisclosed injury against Nevada. It looks like he is out this week.
- It should be an especially meaningful game for Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. Not only does he want his defense to atone for last week’s dreadful performance, he will be returning to his alma mater, Arizona. Pendergast is from Phoenix and graduated from Arizona in 1990.
Our weekly live chat is just a day away. Tomorrow, 1-2 p.m. Hope to see everyone there.
A couple notes:
- LB Mike Mohamed still did not practice. Mohamed was scheduled to see a doctor Tuesday and hopefully be cleared today. Linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson said Mohamed did some things off to the side, but he wasn’t suited up at all. Thompson said he’s encouraged by Mohamed’s progress but the team “is going to take it slow with him.”
- Coach Jeff Tedford didn’t have much reaction to the news that Colorado will join the Pac-12 next season. The biggest implication for Cal is whether Colorado will be one of its conference opponents next season. As of now, Colorado is the only nonconference game on Cal’s schedule for 2011. If next season’s schedule has Colorado as one of Cal’s conference games, the Bears will be looking for another nonconference foe. As it is, they still haven’t filled their other two slots, although a game with Fresno State is believed to be close to being finalized.
I picked up two more preseason basketball preview magazines this week and Washington is the consensus choice to win the Pac-10 title. No surprise there. The Huskies are the choice of The Sporting News, Lindy’s and Athlon.
Cal is tabbed No. 6 by TSN and Athlon, No. 9 by Lindy’s.
It’s worth pointing out, as detailed by The Sporting News, that coach Mike Montgomery has had 11 consecutive finishes of third place or better in the conference — the past two seasons at Cal and his final nine at Stanford. It doesn’t guarantee these Bears a thing, but it’s a cool factoid.
Here are the full picks of the three magazines:
TSN Lindy’s Athlon
1. UW UW UW
2. UCLA Ariz Ariz
3. Ariz UCLA UCLA
4. WSU ASU ASU
5. ASU USC WSU
6. Cal WSU Cal
7. OSU OSU OSU
8. USC Stan Stan
9. Stan Cal USC
10. Ore Ore Ore
Cal football play-by-play radio announcer Joe Starkey will be honored during an on-field ceremony for the last game of the season, Nov. 27 against Washington. Starkey was previously awarded the Chris Schenkel award, which goes to an announcer with a long and distinguished career at a single college football program. The award will be presented to Starkey against Washington.
If there was any doubt how Cal’s players handled Friday’s disappointing loss at Nevada, Cal coach Jeff Tedford made it very clear at today’s weekly press conference.
- My notebook today: Cal took a big picture approach by sitting down LB Mike Mohamed.
- Cal’s game notes.
- Arizona’s game notes.
- Arizona doesn’t want to suffer a letdown after its watershed victory over Iowa.
- Belief in Arizona coach Mike Stoops is paying off.
- Some more Arizona notes, including a bad prognosis for wide receiver Juron Criner.
At least when the Bears lose, they do so at the right time.
The only good thing for Cal about Friday’s loss to Nevada is it comes at a time when the Bears can wipe the slate clean and focus on the beginning of the Pac-10 season. Cal could use a fresh start after Friday’s game, and now the Bears have a new goal in their sights.