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

  • Mr. B

    I keep reading this week’s game is on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. That channel is (duh) only available in the Bay Area. What I haven’t seen anywhere, and what I want to point out to fellow CAL fans, is that it’s also being carried live by Fox Sports West:

    Here in San Diego, that is Channels 29/729/1029 on Cox Cable.

    Check your local listings…Go BEARS!!!

  • ConcordBear

    The UW QB is fine.
    I talked to some friends that saw practice up there and he is running just like he normally does.
    The UW O with him, really good RB and WR’s will be a tough test for our D.
    We’ll know more about what the D is about after this one.

  • eric

    I saw on TMQ on the following. Wasn’t Presbyterian a last-minute fill-in for a prior cancellation?

    Obscure College Score of the Week: Cal 63, Presbyterian 12. Football factory programs are infamous for scheduling cupcake opponents for auto-wins that please the boosters. Here is Kurt Snibbe’s wonderful illustration of the football squad at a place named Cupcake College. Even so, for Cal to schedule Presbyterian, a Division I-AA program that last season went 2-9 with losses to Stony Brook and North Greenville, seems beyond the pale. According to Yahoo! Sports, Presbyterian was paid $400,000 to agree to fly to San Francisco and be used as tackling dummies. Though Cal has been plagued by classroom budget cuts and tuition hikes, $400,000 was available to stage a football game. Located in Clinton, S.C., Presbyterian’s teams are known as the Blue Hose, referring to 19th century stockings, not to melancholy courtesans.

  • rollonubears

    I don’t know if it was because of a prior cancellation, but it was definitely a last-minute fill in. And whoever wrote it is obviously lazy and didn’t do his homework, nor did he look at the Presby schedule over the last few years and note several big-time opponents who also brought in the Blue Hose. That guy is lucky he has a job.

  • Tru Dat

    The scheduling of Presbyterian happened for two reasons:

    1) Cal had to wait for the Pac-12 to release its conference schedule, so Cal would know what its open (nonconference) dates were (as well as to know if the Colorado game would still be played and, if so, whether or not it would count as a conference game); and

    2) Cal had to wait for the SF Giants to release their schedule, so they would know what home dates were available.

    By the time all of these key dates were finally known, just about every other FBS-level team had already set their schedules.

    Fortunately, Sandy Barbour had learned about the Blue Hose, who, in an effort to build their name–and their coffers–had put out a nationwide “alert” letting every NCAA athletic director know that they were ready, willing, and able to come play a game.

    As Rollon wrote, whoever wrote that hard-hitting piece of investigative journalism is a lazy sham who is lucky to have a job (such as it is.).

  • eric

    Thanks – the writer is the national columnist Greg Easterbrook (“TMQ”) at He is the brother of a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judge!