Football: Thursday notes

  • 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.

Football: Wednesday quick hitters

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.

Basketball: More preseason picks

 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