Football: NFL’s Bucs pursuing Ducks’ Kelly

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are involved in talks with Oregon’s Chip Kelly to become the NFL team’s next head coach.

The Oregonian is reporting the deal is close to becoming reality. The Register-Guard in Eugene quotes a source saying, “My sense is he’s gone.”


If Kelly leaves, Oregonian columnist John Canzano said a source “deeply connected with the Ducks athletic department” tells him potential replacement candidates could include Tony Dungy, Boise State’s Chris Petersen and . . .  yes, Jeff Tedford.


Football: Tedford reflects on Paterno’s passing

Cal coach Jeff Tedford issued this statement Sunday following the death of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno:

“With the passing of Joe Paterno today, we have not only lost a legendary football coach but a great person who had a tremendous effect on the lives of many people over a long period of time. I’ve always looked up to him and have a great deal of respect for what he accomplished. He also made me feel comfortable coming up through the ranks as a young coach, and I’ve always enjoyed my interactions with him throughout the years.

“Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Sue, and the rest of his family. Today, the football community has a heavy heart, and his legacy will be in our minds forever.”


Football: Anger booms punts in Shrine Game

Former Cal punter Bryan Anger averaged 60 yards on three punts Saturday, helping the West team to a 24-17 victory in the 87th annual East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Anger, a three-time all-conference selection for Cal, had punts of 59, 60 and 61 yards.

“I came in this week hoping to display my abilities, primarily hangtime, and get my name out there as the top punter in the nation,” Anger said. “I am looking forward to kicking at the NFL Scouting Combine in February and then whatever else is to come afterwards.”

He said the entire experience, not just the game, was rewarding.

“I am very honored to have played in the East-West Shrine Game,” Anger said. “Tonight wrapped up a great week of activities, and I would like to thank all of the Shriners and their staff for making it such a memorable event.”


Basketball: Pac-12 logjam at the top

There are four teams within a half-game at the top in the Pac-12 standings: Cal and Oregon at 6-2, Colorado and Washington at 5-2 . . .

   — Washington 76, Stanford 63: Tony Wroten Jr. scored 21 points and Terrence Ross had 18 as the Huskies (12-7, 5-2) bounced back from a home loss to Cal.  Stanford (15-5, 5-3) made just 5 of its first 28 shots and never recovered. Stanford was 3 for 19 from the 3-point arc.

   — Colorado 64, Arizona 63: The Buffaloes (13-6, 5-2) continue to shine at home after getting 19 points from Carlon Brown. Jesse Perry had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Arizona (13-7, 4-3).

   — Oregon 75, UCLA 68: The Ducks (15-6, 6-2) outscored the Bruins (10-9, 3-4) 51-31 in the second half, paced by E.J. Singler, who had 20 of his career-high 26 in the final 20 minutes. Travis Wear had 17 for the Bruins.

   — Oregon State 78, USC 59: Jared Cunningham scored 18 points and the Beavers (13-7, 3-5) routed the Trojans (5-15, 0-7) to complete a weekend home sweep of the Los Angeles schools. Byron Wesley scored 15 for USC.

   — Utah 64, Arizona State 43: The Utes (5-14, 2-5) blasted the Sun Devils (6-13, 2-5) behind 17 points from Cedric Martin and 14 from Chris Hines. The two combined for nine 3-pointers.  Carrick Felix scored 13 points for ASU.


Football: Bears hire Todd Howard as D-line coach

Jeff Tedford’s staff is intact again after the announcement Saturday afternoon that Todd Howard has been hired as defensive line coach.


Here is Cal’s official news release on Howard’s hiring.


Howard has 20 seasons of experience coaching in the NFL and in college. He spent last season as defensive line coach at Washington State.

He also has worked at UCLA and in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-05) and St. Louis Rams (1998-99).

“I’m excited to have Todd Howard as our defensive line coach,” Tedford said in a statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience as both a coach and player at the NFL and collegiate level.

“We’ve had an opportunity to play against several of the teams he has coached in the past, and I’ve always been impressed by the way his defensive line has played. He is also consistent with what we stand for at Cal and will be an excellent mentor to our student-athletes athletically, academically and socially.”

Howard, in a statement said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for me to work with Jeff Tedford and the Cal football program. Cal teams always play hard and are well coached, and I believe that my coaching experience and knowledge will be an asset to the program. I am familiar with this conference and coaching the defensive line at this level.”

Howard was a three-year starting linebacker at Texas A&M and an all-conference selection as a senior in 1986. He spent two seasons playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Howard replaces Tosh Lupoi, Cal’s D-line coach and top recruiter, who took a position at Washington on Monday.

Cal hired former four-time NFL Pro Bowl wideout Wes Chandler as its receivers coach on Wednesday to replace Eric Kiesau. who also left to become offensive coordinator at Washington.



Basketball: WSU game thread

OK, HERE’S WHERE THINGS STAND: Washington beat Stanford 76-63, so Cal and Oregon are tied for first place at 6-2, and Colorado and Washington are one-half game back at 5-2. Stanford and Arizona both are 4-3. Stanford visits Cal a week from Sunday.

THIS SCORE JUST IN: Colorado defeated Arizona 64-63 in Boulder, so the Buffaloes improve to 5-2, just one-half game back of Cal and Oregon. Arizona is 4-3 in Pac-12 play.

FINAL SCORE: WSU 77, Cal 75. The Bears can only get the road split and drop into a first-place tie with at least Oregon, both at 6-2. Cal has its third four-game win streak of the season snapped and is 16-5 overall, coming home to play three in a row at Haas, where it is 13-0. Next up: Stanford a week from Sunday. Gutierrez had 19 points, six assists and five rebounds and Cobbs had 15 points and five assists. But the two combined to shoot 2 for 10 from the 3-point line and the Bears were just 6 of 20 from beyond the arc. Crabbe had 14 points and nine rebounds, Kamp 12 points, Kravish 11. Aden scored 24 for the Cougars (11-8, 3-4), giving him 57 in two games — and likely Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Motum had 15/10 and Motum chipped in 14.

0:06 2nd H: Motum fouled Cobbs, who made the first FT, missed the second (presumably on purpose) and Gutierrez got the offensive rebound. But he missed a 3-pointer and D.J. Shelton rebounded for WSU.

0:09 2nd H: Cal ball after turnover by Brock Motum.

0:11 2nd H: WSU leads 77-74 and has the ball after a 3-pointer by Lacy. He was also fouled by Gutierrez, but missed the FT. Lodwick got the offensive rebound, then Brandon Smith stole the ball from him. But Gutierrez missed from 3 and Motum rebounded for WSU.

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