Freshman Allen Crabbe participated in some shooting drills during the team shootaround early Thursday, but will be evaluated again before being cleared to face USC at Haas Pavilion. Crabbe suffered what Cal described as a minor concussion last Thursday against Washington.
For those of you who couldn’t be part of Wednesday’s online chat with Cal junior Harper Kamp, click here to access a replay of what he had to say during an hour-long conversation with fans.
Here’s my story from this morning’s editions on Allen Crabbe having the support of at least six coaches for Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
USC coach Kevin O’Neill has decided to start senior Donte Smith for Thursday night’s game at Cal. You remember Smith, right? He’s the guy who hit eight 3-pointers against the Bears last month.
Took a break from vacation to attend the annual Tiny Bates banquet tonight in Sacramento. This is always a very nice event that honors the best Cal football player from the Sacramento area each year. This year’s winner was wide receiver/punt returner Jeremy Ross, who seemed sincerely awed to receive the award.
Mike Montgomery hasn’t lost any love for his basketball team in the wake of three straight defeats.
Asked if his team could emerge from what a reporter called a “tailspin,” Montgomery defended his guys.
“The tailspin is the result of playing the two best teams in the conference, so I don’t know if it’s a tailspin,” he said. “Again, I’ve said this forever: It’s who you play, where you play ’em.”
The Bears return home after an 0-2 run through Washington and face USC on Thursday night at Haas Pavilion.
Allen Crabbe was dressed for practice Wednesday, but I’m told has not participated.
The freshman guard has been sidelined from all action since last Thursday when he took a knee to the head at Washington and sustained a mild concussion.
Word is he still could play Thursday against USC, but will be evaluated before the game.
We’ll have Cal junior forward Harper Kamp here to answer all your questions in an online chat Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Several hours after saying that Allen Crabbe would “absolutely” play Thursday night against USC, coach Mike Montgomery reported that the freshman guard sat out Tuesday’s practice.
Asked to characterize Crabbe’s status for Thursday, Montgomery said, “He better be ready to go . . . We had a little setback today. He was feeling good yesterday, not so good today.”
Crabbe was not available to reporters.
Crabbe, who averages 15.2 points in Pac-10 play, suffered a minor concussion last Thursday at Washington, then sat out Saturday’s game at Washington State.
The Bears (13-12, 6-7 Pac-10) have lost their past three games. USC (13-12, 5-7), coming off a home defeat to Oregon, lost 68-66 to Cal in Los Angeles last month.
With Jonathan taking some well-deserved vacation, here’s some news you will want:
Cal will play a non-conference football game Sept. 17 at AT&T Park against Presbyterian College, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision team from Clinton, S.C.
The Golden Bears have not announced the game yet, but Presbyterian posted it on its website.
The Blue Hose were 2-9 last season, including 1-5 in the Big South Conference. They played two games against Football Bowl Championship teams last season, losing 53-13 at Wake Forest and 58-21 at Clemson.
“Cal will be a great trip for us. Coach (Jeff) Tedford is doing great things out there and it’ll be a fun game and a great experience for our guys,” Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said on gobluehose.com.
Cal, which will play its home games in San Francisco next season while Memorial Stadium undergoes renovation, still has a Sept. 10 opening on its non-conference schedule.
Cal coach Mike Montgomery, on Tuesday’s weekly Pac-10 media teleconference said he “absolutely” expects freshman Allen Crabbe to play Thursday when the Bears take on USC at Haas Pavilion.
Crabbe suffered a minor consussion in the first half of last Thursday’s game at Washington, then sat out the Washington State game.
Will have more on this later today.