Football: Happy Holidays

Whatever holiday you celebrate this season, may it be filled with joy and peace.

Haven’t been on here much in the last week or so as I’ve had some other assignments and been out sick. After that recruiting flurry a couple weeks ago, things have died down a bit. There’s just over a month left to the recruiting season so the next six weeks or so will be interesting to watch.

Of course, Jeff Tedford also has some coaching vacancies to fill, and I anticipate hearing about those after the first of the year, if not sooner.

Also, Shane Vereen has until Jan. 15 to decide whether to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.

Once again, best wishes to everyone this holiday season.

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.

  • Calduke

    After watching some ‘insignificant’ bowl games with
    ‘second-tier’ teams(excuse me, Utah,Boise), I have to conclude that the Cal Bears have a lot of work ahead to be able to complete.

  • Juancho

    Happy holidays and new year JO. Thanks to you and Jeff for all the work you put into this blog. It really is a great service, and provides a great place for us to share our thoughts.

  • Calduke

    Any News?? Anywhere ???

    JO, Is there a ‘blackout’ period prior to the LOI Day that recruiters cannot make contact with prospects??


    Thanks JO! You’re awesome!

  • Tom S

    Let’s hope we are not stuck on 15 recruits. Still need big receivers and a QB. Look at the Servite kids. Also Bridgefords brother at MV High is the real deal. Has more arm strength than his brother at CAL.

  • Calduke


    Do you think 2 brothers would compete against each other?

  • toohandy

    Any chance for a NEW offensive coordinator?

  • Calduke

    Someone please explain to me why the Fresno State game has to be considered a ‘non-home game'(left off the season tickets) just because it had to be moved
    (5 miles?) due to a conflict with the Giants game??
    If the game had been played at ATT, would it be a home game and included with the season ticket.

    My wild -ss guess is the the school made an agreement with the promoter and the promoter wanted to get a larger venue and ‘open ticket’ sales because Fresno State fans/boosters are good travelers and will be a major buyer of tickets.

    Someone kick me

  • randythebear

    @Calduke: My guess is that this was the mechanism to schedule a game against Fresno State in the bay area without agreeing to play a return game in Fresno. I speculate that JT felt pressured/obligated to play his alma mater but that nobody associated with Cal wanted to play an away game in Fresno. FSU probably objected to scheduling an away game with no return home game.

  • Mr. B

    @ Calduke:

    I thought I read somewhere that Fresno State made a “neutral site” a requirement before scheduling the game with our Bears…

    Whether that recollection is fact, I don’t know.

    But it does provide a convenient reason to get upset at our opponents. Hahaha!

    Hope that’s OK as your requested kick.

  • Calduke

    Mr B

    Thanks for the kick. I was following asleep watching this site.

    I’m in SoCal
    When Fresno State played USC a few years back, some of the local feeling was – why did USC schedule Fresno; a state college located in a desert area?? They aren’t a draw. The Fresno staff(I believe head coach) stated they expect 35,000 State fans to LA .
    Neutral site, not included as a home game; Fresno State is going to gobble up those tickets. It will be
    50/50 attendance. It’s an away game for both teams;
    we shall see.

  • Calduke

    Forgot to mention, someone posted that the game was moved to Candlestick (neutral site) because the Giants were scheduled at ATT.

  • Easy Ed

    After looking at the Arizona v. Oklahoma State game I’m sick! How in the hell did we lose to those guys? I anticipate a blow out at the Holiday Bowl which will also make me wonder how did things get so bad as to lose to the Huskies?

  • BlueNGold

    Nice to see the Huskies surprise everyone last night, including Nebraska. Great win for the Pac.

  • Calduke

    Washington showed how to win without a passing game.

    Good OL with power running back.