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Football: Sweeney to transfer

Quarterback Beau Sweeney is transferring out of the program, Jeff Tedford said tonight.

This obviously doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Sweeney is not one of the three finalists for the starting job.

“He’s a backup here and he wants a chance to play,” Tedford said. “He’s a great kid and we love him. We wish him all the best.”

Tedford said he’s released Sweeney from his scholarship.  He said Sweeney is looking to transfer to an FCS school so he can play this season.

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Football: Quick update

Won’t have a chance to provide an update from Tuesday’s practice until later this afternoon, but wanted to check in real quick. No major developments yesterday. In the limited media access, the offense looked pretty out of sync. Zach Maynard continued to take the No. 1 reps at quarterback. Jeff Tedford has decided to have an abbreviated practice on Thursday and scrap Friday’s practice, which was supposed to make up for one of the earlier practices that was postponed. He said the team has had a physical spring and can get what it needs done in the remaining time.

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Football: Running backs coverage

Here’s a feature I wrote for yesterday’s paper, examining Cal’s apparent problems at running back.

And now for some additional quotes:

RUNNING BACKS COACH RON GOULD

On the progress of the backs in spring camp:

“We have a good group of guys and a lot guys need more reps. We don’t have a reps during the day for all those guys. We have to improve every day. The light bulb will come on a little bit later than others. We’ve been fortunate in the past to have guys come in who are talented but also mentally able to adapt to everything we are throwing at them. Right now, it’s just taking a little bit longer. It’s not a big deal at all. We just have to keep working. We’re not where we need to be.”

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Women’s basketball: Miller still available

New Mexico hired longtime associate head coach Yvonne Sanchez over the weekend, meaning Bowling Green coach Curt Miller could still be a candidate to take the Cal job. Miller, considered one of the up-and-coming coaches in the country, reportedly interviewed twice for the New Mexico job. It has been reported that Miller has also interviewed for the Cal opening, along with former assistant and current UCSB head coach Lindsay Gottlieb. Also, UCLA filled its vacancy by hiring Florida State assistant Cori Close on Friday (a former UCSB point guard whom I covered during my days in Santa Barbara…sigh, memories….)