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Football: Cal’s bowl outlook and more

By Joe Stiglich
Saturday, November 26th, 2011 at 10:30 pm in Uncategorized.

Just a few tidbits in the aftermath of Cal’s 47-38 victory over Arizona State …

–I talked to a few bowl officials from around the Pac-12 today and they all had really good things to say about Cal. I’ll have a story about that in tomorrow’s paper. The Bears could land in a game as high as the Alamo Bowl – the No. 2 Pac-12 bowl behind the Rose Bowl – although lots of factors come into play here. First, Stanford and Oregon would each have to get invited to Bowl Championship Series games, which boost other Pac-12 schools a little higher on the bowl ladder. The Alamo Bowl would then likely be choosing between Cal, Utah and Washington. The Holiday Bowl, which picks third, also likes Cal very much. And if the Bears slip past them, I’d be very surprised if they don’t get chosen by the Sun Bowl, in which Cal has never played. The Las Vegas Bowl is looking unlikely, and the chances of Cal playing in front of the local fans at the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl appear pretty remote, though Gary Cavalli, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl executive director, is confident in landing a quality team from the conference.

A few factors to consider:
Cal has played very well late in the season and that makes a strong impression. Rick Hill, the Alamo Bowl’s director of marketing and communications, also noted that the Bears have been on ESPN the past two weeks against Stanford and Arizona State, so the San Antonio market (where the Alamo Bowl is played) has been exposed to Cal and the team has put up strong showings. But Hill also added that Washington has been televised in San Antonio even more this season.

Mark Neville, the Holiday Bowl’s director of communications, said his bowl places heavy emphasis on the “football” aspects for choosing a team – win/loss record and head-to-head matchups, as opposed to how many fans will travel, the potential for TV ratings, etc. Besides, Neville said Pac-12 (or Pac-10) schools traditionally travel well to the Holiday Bowl no matter who is chosen.

The Alamo Bowl, which pits a Big 12 school against a Pac-12 school, looks for a good built-in storyline when pairing up two teams. Since the Big 12 regular season doesn’t finish until next weekend, the Alamo Bowl won’t be extending any invites until then, which means other Pac-12 bowl selections also will have to wait in the trickle-down effect.

–Isi Sofele now ranks sixth on Cal’s single-season rushing list with 1,266 yards: The next back ahead of him is Marshawn Lynch, who gained 1,356 yards in 2006.

–No word yet on the seriousness of freshman cornerback Stefan McClure’s injury on Friday night. Obviously his health is pretty big for this team looking to the future.

–Friday’s late kickoff was absolutely brutal from a deadline standpoint, which is why I really didn’t get a chance to blog during or after the game. I was writing for our various print editions as the game was unfolding. Glad to see the spirited dialogue carried on regardless …

–Cal is taking most of next week off. We don’t know when they’ll resume practice just yet, so blogs may be light in the coming days.

That’s all for now …

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  • pasadena dave

    Wouldn’t mind holiday bowl. A quick day trip for socal fans. Also wouldn’t mind watching our bears for the first time in the sun bowl. Network tv on the last day of the year.

  • randumbear

    thanks for the hard work. my apologies for being insensitive about the timing of the football coverage. i’m just really passionate about cal football, and i want to know what the bloggers think. When JO was running the blog, he wrote timely postings. I just expected the same.

    GO BEARS!

  • http://capitolgoldbuyers.com BlakeStreetBear

    Great win in the desert despite the 38 points given up. It usually takes 5 TDs to win on the road in the pac and the Bears did the job on the offensive end. Kudos to Maynard, a great game all around, except on the option play at the goal line: fake the pitch and dive for the line, TD!! Go Bears! Looking fwd to the bowl, wherever it is…

  • Pug

    I’d like to see the Bears in the Sun Bowl. They’ve never played in that game and it still has a contract with CBS.

    The Sun Bowl has been around for a long time. Kind of a classic old bowl game.

  • Eric

    Pug – I agree that the Sun Bowl would be nice – it is one of the old classics that has hung around – but I also have fond memories of the Alamo Bowl – the 1993 Alamo Bowl was totally awesome; we were underdogs to Iowa and completely destroyed them (this was the Dave Barrwas injured for four game season).

  • Yoda

    LOL at No. 2. Talk about your passive-aggressive “apologies.”

  • JimBob

    El Paso makes Bakersfield look good.

    Alamo or Holiday.

  • rob bear

    Selfishly speaking anywhere in California would work best, but whatever the biggest payout and exposure opportunity that this team deserves is what it’s all about. Nice work @ Arizona State. Our season and interest in this program is extended another 4 – 5 weeks and I am happy for the team. For all of the shortcomings and letdowns that are posted and felt, 4 top 25 finishes in the past 7 years is not bad for a program that was at the bottom of the Pac 8 & Pac 10 for a long time. Again, nice work coaches and team.GO BEARS!

  • Greid

    Folks – I too had BLIND enthusiasm and hope for the Cal Bears success for many years. Life has taught me that BLIND enthusiasm and hope will not breed success. In fact it breeds status quo. Success comes from continuously and realistically evaluating the situation, identifying faults, digging into the cause and SOLVING it….along with hard work.

    We’ve had many reasons for hope in the past: Riley saving the team in the Armed Services Bowl. Beating Stanford several years ago. Nothing has changed because we did not solve the problem.

    Very little has changed since earlier this season as well. We had a good night against ASU. So did UCLA. Is UCLA any better able to compete? The USC game would suggest otherwise.

    I’m all for the thrill and excitement of a win. Celebrate and enjoy. But, don’t let it cloud your analysis of what needs to be done to make Cal a winner and a BCS contender (we should not be paying Tedford $2.9M for any less of a goal). We need to send a message to Sandy that change is needed.

    Many of you will not like my post and many of you will disagree with me. Remember this thread next season when Cal faces it’s first serious team in the PAC-12. I predict the same result as the last 6 seasons.

    For those who have followed this blog for awhile, look at my similiar posts four years ago that had the same message. Here we are four years later – mediocrity and staus quo.

    Jim – nice comeback! I’m laughing myself..30 years and I’m JUST NOW frustrated!!!

  • Kyle

    @Greid nobody cares what you had to say 4 years ago..SHUT UP!! Go Bears!

  • Greid

    Folks – I too had BLIND enthusiasm and hope for the Cal Bears success for many years. Life has taught me that BLIND enthusiasm and hope will not breed success. In fact it breeds status quo. Success comes from continuously and realistically evaluating the situation, identifying faults, digging into the cause and SOLVING it….along with hard work.

    We’ve had many reasons for hope in the past: Riley saving the team in the Armed Services Bowl. Beating Stanford several years ago. Nothing has changed because we did not solve the problem.

    Very little has changed since earlier this season as well. We had a good night against ASU. So did UCLA. Is UCLA any better able to compete? The USC game would suggest otherwise.

    I’m all for the thrill and excitement of a win. Celebrate and enjoy. But, don’t let it cloud your analysis of what needs to be done to make Cal a BCS contender (we should not be paying Tedford $2.9M for any less of a goal). We need to send a message to Sandy that change is needed.

    Many of you will not like my post and many of you will disagree with me. Remember this thread next season when Cal faces it’s first serious team in the PAC-12. I predict the same result as the last 6 seasons.

    For those who have followed this blog for awhile, look at my similiar posts four years ago that had the same message. Here we are four years later – mediocrity and staus quo.

    Tedford Supporters: Let’s make a list of the reasons Tedford can lead Cal from mediocrity to contender. We all know about the push for new facilities. I’ll grant you that one -though I’m not entirely convinced it was all Tedford.

    Jim – nice comeback! I’m laughing myself..30 years and I’m JUST NOW frustrated!!!

  • Eric

    Greid – I agree with you. But, as I wrote yesterday, it is appropriate to give credit to the coaching staff for the good win. Yes, Maynard should have been doing at the start and middle of the season what he did last night (which many fans were clamoring for). That is on the coaching staff. We easily could have won at least, if not two, more games against a weak Pac-12 (after Oregon/Stanford/U$C) with the talent we have.

    But Alamo, Sun, or Holiday Bowls are good bowls, even if we had gone 8-4 or 9-3. We’re lucking into one of them at 7-5, and we should seize the opportunity.

    While I am extraordinarily skeptical that it will actually happen, right now I’m thinking 9-3 next year is easily within reach.

  • Greid

    Kyle:
    Wow! Mature. I hope you are not a student or alumni. Otherwise, what a bitter disappointment in what our beloved shool is producing.

  • Greid

    Eric:
    I truly hope you are right, I’m wrong, and Cal has a very successful season next year. I will be the first to blog my apology to everyone. If I’m right, when is enough? When do we stop saying maybe next year? When do we finally roll up our sleeves and fix this thing?

  • Steve W

    Grid,

    It is more apparent that Cal fans who are content with middling mediocrity have taken over this blog. No sense in making critical comments after Cal ran over a reeling Sun Devils program and took care of the other two PAC 12 bottom dwellers OSU and WSU. What I remember is that Cal has laid down and played dead against less than dominant USC teams for 3 consecutive seasons. It has allowed once lowly Washington to leapfrog it as the third best program in the PAC North.

    If all of this okay while we continue to make our middle achieving head coach one of the highest paid public officials in the nation, then let’s just accept it. I guess it is okay being the Kentucky of the PAC 12 as long as these same fans fill up the new stadium next year, right?

  • Greid

    Steve:
    I’m with you. It just saddens me to think that an entire generation of alumni will have passed away without ever seeing Cal in a Rose/BCS Bowl. It’s looking more and more likely I may join that category some day.

  • Eric

    Greid/Steve – you know I am with you. I am constantly attacked with ad hominem e-mails from a small universe of three or four fans who think Tedford walks on water (and whose biggest cheerleader is the moron). I find it amazing how many fans who are in lockstep with Tedford are perfectly fine with 7-5, 6-6, and 5-7 numbers given the talent level and Tedford’s contract. At the end of the day, our 7 wins were not that impressive. Other than ASU, we did not beat anyone remotely decent (Utah is bad without Jordan Wynn), we lost badly to the good teams except for Furd, and were completely embarassed by UCLA (which is why that loss makes my top 5 worst Tedford losses).

    But it cannot be disputed that Maynard has improved, and one has to believe he will only be better next year. I credit that to something Craig James noted on Friday night – Maynard was permitted to do things he does well naturally, rather than what Tedford had tried to force with Ayoob and Riley (making them strict drop-back pocket passers) – and the QB play-calling has been much better. Take a look at the stats – the ball is being spread around to TEs, and not just Keenan Allen; Maynard is rolling out (which virtually never happened until after the UCLA game); and Maynard ran. Granted, the level of competition was weaker, but the team played well in the Furd game, and beating ASU on the road when Erickson was playing for his job is nice.

    Back in December, I predicted 5-7, which I justified on the basis that Tedford would be outcoached in a number of games, including Utah and Oregon State. 7-5 is definitely better. Yes, we lucked out with Utah, and yes, we lucked out that Oregon State had significant injury issues, and yes, Tedford was totally outcoached by Kelly, Sarkisian, and Neuweasel (which is like being outcoached by a 5 year old). But it still was better than what I predicted.

  • SteveNTEXAS

    I’m sometimes critical as well-especially about basketball recruiting.
    There is no reason we shouldn’t be top team most years. We are in a big market- we have a nice campus with fairly good name recognition in a major conference.

  • rollonubears

    We lucked out against colorado, too, and that’s kinda sad. It’s all about tedford finally letting maynard play his game. Sad that thousands of armchair qbs know what’s best for this team, and had to wait almost an entire season before he finally saw the light. Odds are, it’ll be right back to forcing maynard to being a pocket qb again, once next season starts. Why doesn’t anyone call this guy out in public? Give me a press pass. I’ll gladly ask the questions that need to be answered. This guy needs to be held to the highest standard when he’s making 2.5mm per year. And just remember, even if fully optimizes maynard’s talent, he’ll still punt on 4th down from the 40, he’ll still take a knee to end every first half, and he’ll still take the fg on 4th and goal from inside the 2.

  • go8ears

    I think us Bear fans were just really thirsty for an occasion to feel good about our team for a long time, and the last two games gave us just that. So what you are seeing right now isn’t necessarily blind enthusiasm or fans accepting mediocrity per se, but just enjoying ourselves in the rain after a long, dry season.

    Things have improved no doubt and are yet to be seen what these Bears can do in the near future. I don’t think it will be too late to raise this issue again about changing things around until the next time Bears play dismally.

  • Takeoffthatredshirt

    Steve – you are critical of basketball recruiting by saying “recruit better players!”

    You went off for months about how we had the ‘worst class in the conference’ without mentioning we graduated the fewest players of any team – one.

    Haven’t heard much from you about our newcomers. We only lost MSF and added Kravish and Cobbs. Still angry?

  • joey

    How about Tedford the RB developer! How many RBs has Cal had with over 1000 yards per season and how many has he sent to the NFL in the last 10 years?

  • c98

    Steve W. is right. I too marvel at the misplaced mendacity in mandating meek, myopic muddling in middling mediocrity.

  • go8ears

    Tedford is not perfect by any means. He has pros and cons just like everything else. What I still need to determine is not whether “he’s the type of a guy” who can take us to the Rose Bowl but rather the combination of his coaching + team’s talent + other surrounding circumstances will ever be so right to get us to the Rose Bowl in the near future.

  • 707 Bear

    Something to chew on:

    Mike reilly and Ted are very similar coaches. In fact, many have long considered Reilly to be the best coach in the Pac 10.

    Both were 5-7 in 2010.

    2011

    Cal 7-5
    OSU 3-9

    Your thoughts?

  • covinared

    The comments about talent level are misplaced. It is also a common criticism of nueheseil(how can he lose w/ all that talent. We have good talent, (ucla is average) but not on par with usc, oregon and stanford.

  • Gobears49

    Really impressed with the improvement that Maynard made late in the season and am just amazed at how Sofele has turned from a very mediocre back into a very good one (though he won’t be a pro like so many other recent Cal running backs have been).

    After the season ends, I’d love to read an article about how Cal stacks up next season in terms of returning players and who will plug the holes in replacing the graduating seniors.

  • go8ears

    I know it sounds obvious, but a lot of factors have to click in order to have a great season in a given year. You could have an awesome coach, but if you don’t have the right talent on the field, it’s not gonna be enough. Same thing, you could have a great coach and great talent, but if other teams are performing awesome that particular year, then it’s not gonna be easy either. I think it’s rare to have a year where you have all those things. It might be years. But as long as your coach gives the team the consistent basis each year and a likely chance to meet whatever its goal is once joined by those other factors, then I say keep the coach. If not, get someone else who we think will.

  • Eric

    707 Bear – it is true that OSU had a miserable season, starting with its shocking opening season loss.

    But how about comparing 2007, 2008, and 2009? Then compare the number of NFL players from Cal between 2007 and 2011 with Oregon State’s. The compare the impact of injury of James Rodgers this year (and last year), since the fly sweep is a critical aspect of the Oregon State game, to our injuries. Then compare the OOC schedules (cupcake, Wisconsin, BYU versus cupcake, Fresno State, and Colorado). Then compare head coaching salaries. Reily does far more with far less, year in and year out. If he goes less than .500 for the next two years, and Tedford goes 7-5 or better the next two years, you have an argument

  • Easy Ed

    Tedford has done an admirable job in the crapiest facilities in the conference. New stadium, new facilities and better talent? I say this thing has turned around. Will we ever get a D’Anthony Thomas? No, we don’t pay our players enough to compete with other schools who shall remain nameless (come on isn’t there some alum who can invent a pair of crappy sneakers made with foreign child labor). But we’ll have a better shot at an Andrew Luck.

  • Bears

    I’m proud of the way the Bears came together and finished the season. Now time for program to shift gears and win a bowl game and recruit like crazy!
    Bowl prep will be great for the team especially the young guys.
    Our AD needs to get some major heat. Our football program needs bigger and better support staff. We need more and better people pushing things at Cal administratively. Nothing will change until AD ups the ante.
    Until our AD goes all in or is fired Tedford won’t feel the heat and get the proper counciling
    Things need to change for the better starting now. Tired of the excuses.
    Go Bears!

  • Rocko

    I think the article was about possible bowl games, not what some poster thinks or worse some redundant post about poor past recruiting.

    Now we have a bunch of possible recruits coming in on Dec 9-10. The bowls will be picked after the final BCS pole comes out next Sunday. We will know by then what bowl we are going to. The PAC-12 alliance bowls will have to wait to see if Stanford gets a BCA invite and I think they will. It would be much better if we could say we are going to the Alamo Bowl or even the Holiday Bowl than the Sun Bowl or the Hunger Bowl to these recruits. We gave the Furd a tougher game than Notre Dame did and that could be mentioned. So it does matter which bowl we are going to and the stronger the bowl the better for us.

  • bigdruid

    @SteveNTexas#18: #21 is right – you are critical about basketball recruiting only in so far as you whine that we don’t get better players. “Criticism” implies that you have a suggested solution, which as far as I can tell, you don’t. As I’ve said in the past, Monty is gonna get the type of guys he likes – we can either accept that, or we can fire him and hire someone else. Are you suggesting we should fire Monty, or “hold his feet to the fire” to make him recruit different players? Good luck with that.

    Here we are at the end of a football season that is basically a qualified success – a good bowl, a winning record with only one “bad loss”, and a team that has demonstrably improved over the course of the year – and some people are still really unhappy about the direction of the program. I think that if you already made up your mind before the season that Tedford is not the right coach for Cal, then a 7-5 year looks like mediocrity to you. If you (like me) still have some hope that Tedford might be the right guy, then this season looks like a step in the right direction. Is there anyone out there who didn’t already want to fire Tedford before this season who now feels like the program is moving in the wrong direction?

  • jabes

    I was completely prepared to call for Tedford to be gone after the year based on the UW and USC games, and if we lost to Utah then to replace him mid-season. UCLA obviously did not change my mind.

    For me, the improvement in Maynard, in play-calling, and in results over the last four games earns him another year–no more, no less. This year is an improvement over last year. As long as Tedford is showing improvement, or reaches a plateau where losses at home or to bottom feeders are rare, blowouts non-existant, with regular road wins and appearances in the Pac-12 title game, he can stay. If next year looks like this year, or worse, then it’s time for someone else to take over this program and the expectations that Tedford has established.

  • jabes

    Isn’t the Holiday Bowl the most likely now? If Oregon (Pac-12 champ) and Furd (BCS #4) are in the BCS, Alamo would likely choose UW based on record and Holiday would choose Cal with the head-to-head clear victory and end of season momentum. If something truly bizarre happens, like Furd getting left out of the BCS or UCLA beating Oregon, you still have to think that Holiday could choose Cal since they had UW last year.

  • abe

    we have gone from challenging for conference titles to celebrating losing seasons. Yes, in case you all need a reminder this is yet another losing season. I am referring to our conference record of course, you know the ONLY record that actually matters as far as ending our ROSE BOWL drought is concerned. Of course it only makes it all more fun to realize that the turds are apparently headed to their second bcs bowl in as many years.

  • Uh Huh!

    Jabes, post #34:

    So, you are saying that Tedford should get to stay another year based on the improvement in Maynard…. And I read elsewhere above that Tedford makes $2.9M per season. So, if Maynard completes a few more passes as the year goes by, Tedford makes another $2.9M.

    What does Maynard get?

  • 707 Bear

    Jabes you’re tough!

    “As long as Tedford is showing improvement, or reaches a plateau where losses at home or to bottom feeders are rare, blowouts non-existant, with regular road wins and appearances in the Pac-12 title game, he can stay.”

    By your standard, every coach other than USC, Stan, and Oregon would be on the hot seat.

    Most consider UW to be the 4th best team in the Pac 12. They’re only 4th because they barely beat us at home!

    Look the the up-and-coming Huskies.
    1. won 1 road game at Utah
    2. barely beat Eastern Washington and Hawaii at home
    3. smashed by Nebraska, USC, Oregon
    4. lost on the road to 3-9 OSU (Cal didn’t lose on the road to a team with a losing record, although UCLA will soon have one)
    5. had Arizona and Colorado at home

    I’m no Tedford fan, but geez.

    Go Bears!

  • jabes

    It’s his job to coach the QB, among others. I should have also mentioned the OL improvement in run blocking, but Tedford delegates that more than QB development. The defense has been a mixed bag, especially bad are the secondary miscues and the performance against UCLA. Bottom line, W-L wise, I’m saying that we improved enough against Pac-12 opponents that Tedford gets another year to show more improvement. For the record, 4-5 next year is definitely not enough, 5-4 probably not either — unless it comes with a victory at Ohio State and a good bowl win.

  • jabes

    707, this is particular to Tedford. The evidence of the last few years is that Tedford is done being effective at Cal. At this point, he has to prove that to be wrong. I hope he does! GO BEARS.

  • 707 Bear

    This is Pollyanna proudly proclaiming that our Pac 12 record should be 5-5! That would be the 4th most Pac 12 victories in the league, along with UW.

    I’m counting Colorado; a team that that Utah lost to at home. You remember Utah, the team that many were beginning to rank as the 4th best team in the Pac 12 after running off 4 straight victories after their beat down by Cal.

    Oh, by the way Utah

  • 707 Bear

    I can’t believe I’m the defender of Ted; a surprise given the number of explatives I’ve hurled at him over the years for his conservative nature, but….

    We wouldn’t be having any of these conversations if we simply had above average QB play.

    Let’s look at the only losing season under Ted, 2010.

    Before Riley went down at OSU, we were 4-3; coming off the win over ASU in the rain at Memorial.

    We had lost to Nevada (Kappernack), Arizona (Foles), USC (Barkley). See a pattern?

    The last 5 games we scored 7, 20 (win), 13, 14, 13.

    My point is football is a quarterback’s game.

    To be completely down on Ted you must believe he has lost the ability to recruit and develop QBs.

  • Kent

    Abe…get realistic! I too want Cal to compete for a Conference Title…HOWEVER, you have to be realistic in your expectations based on the talent on the team.

    Cal was projected to finish in 5th place in the Pac-12 North division entering the season. (they finished 4th)…Cal’s recruiting class was rated only the 6th best out of the Pac-10 in 2008 and 2009 (which was Tedford worst two recruiting classes during his tenure as head coach). You have to admit, the performance of Cal EXCEEDED expectation this year.

    Now…you can complain that expectation should neer be that low for the 11th highest paid coach in the country…I won’t argue that point…but given the talent he has compiled…this was a good year.

    As we go forward the expectations will certainly rise…Cal has the 3rd ranked (conference) recuriting class in 2010 and 2011…so as those players become Juniors and Seniors…one expects the team to perform at a higher level.

    I also hope that Tedford can start getting the highest ranked recruiting classes given the new Cal football facilities coupled with the USC recruiting sanctions…we’ll see…if not, then you can start wondering why we are paying Tedford so much money.

  • Steve W

    I have been brutal on Tedford this year mainly because his team has rolled over and played dead against USC for three consecutive seasons. Cal was shut out in the first half of all three blow out losses! That by itself is unforgivable for a head coach making that kind of coin.

    With all the talk of a vastly improved Cal team late in the season, just take a look at the teams we beat: An Oregon State team with a freshman quarterback coming off its worst season in the Riley era, a Washington State team that lost its last three games and will fire its head coach, an Arizona State team that lost its last four games and actually was down to one cornerback in the latter stages of its loss to Cal. I will concede that Cal played a good game against Stanford, but you have to figure Stanford was suffering a major hangover after its blowout loss to Oregon.

    Let’s beat a good team, and then crow about it. By all accounts, Cal is heading to the Holiday Bowl to play either Texas or Baylor. More than anything, this will be the best measuring stick to see if Tedford has ironed out the kinks heading into next season.

  • 707 Bear

    Steve W

    All the teams not named Oregon, Stanford, or USC are average to below average.

    The question is the trend.

    Is Cal’s trend up or down?

    Up trend (Cal, UW, Utah)

    Down trend (USC (if Barkley goes pro), AZ, AZ State, OSU, WSU, Colorado, Stanford)

    Same (Oregon)

  • Steve W

    707,

    I promise you that USC will not be in a down trend next season, with or without Barkley. In Woods and Lee, they will have two of the best wideouts in the nation and will have the best defense, bar none, in the PAC 12 next year.

    Their momentum heading into the end of the season was truly unbelievable. Cal caught them relatively early in the season. I shutter to think what that score might have been if we played USC in the last game. UCLA dominated Cal and got blown out 50-0 against the Trojans.

    USC may lose Barkley, but they always have the comfort of plugging in a Top 100 national recruit into the QB position. I never expect Cal to beat USC because of their recruiting superiority, but I least expect them to be competitive. They haven’t been competitive AT ALL in recent years.

  • wehofx

    To change the subject, any news on Shaq Thompson’s recruitment? Googled and wasn’t much except he was at asu game which should be good for us.

    I know jt and staff are hitting the recruiting trail this week. It seems like jm’s return/work this year should help get highly regarded ol.

    Tosh will do his usual superlative work.

    Go Bears!

  • s1lverngreen

    during the HS live chat earlier today with Ben Enos, a blogger stated that KNBR had announced that Freddie T had given the Bears a verbal commitment. Moderator, any truth to that? or, plain rumor?

  • 707 Bear

    Steve W

    I most humbly ask for a retraction of my USC down trend without Barkley. Pure hatred and jealousy have obviously clouded my judgement.

    Still, this string of NFL QBs must stop sometime.

    Go Bears!