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.
In what has become a familiar trend this spring, Cal practiced among swift winds Tuesday at Contra Costa College. The Bears have had several windy practices, although coach Jeff Tedford said they haven’t been severe enough to affect his evaluation of the quarterbacks.
Lindsay Gottlieb was formally introduced as Cal’s new women’s basketball coach Tuesday. Here’s the story about her return to Berkeley.
Former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan will hear his name called tomorrow night during the first round of the NFL draft. He’s always had the potential to be a first round pick, but it took him a while to realize it.
Here’s more on Jordan.
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.
Cal has hired Lindsay Gottlieb as its new women’s basketball coach. Here’s the official release from the school.
Former Cal DE Cameron Jordan is one of 25 players who will be at Radio City Music Hall in New York for the NFL draft this week. Most projections have Jordan going between Nos. 10 and 20 of the first round, which is Thursday night.
Season tickets for 2011 season are now on sale to the general public. Here’s the info from Cal.
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.”
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….)