Track: Stewart hurdles toward NCAA meet

Cal senior Ray Stewart ran 13.81 in his first-round heat of the 110-meter high hurdles on Friday, advancing to Saturday’s second round at the NCAA West Preliminary meet.

Stewart, from James Logan HS and Merritt College, had the fourth-fastest time of the day. He must finish among the top 12 on Saturday to advance to the June 5-8 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Due to bad weather, Friday’s meet at Austin, Texas, was running about three hours behind schedule.


Football: New coordinators hit the jackpot


Cal signed new football coordinators Tony Franklin and Andy Buh to three-year contracts that will pay them nearly double what their predecessors earned last season, according to documents released Friday by the athletic department.
Franklin, who is coach Sonny Dykes’ offensive coordinator, is expected to earn at least $555,000 for the 2013 season. Buh, the Bears’ defensive coordinator, stands to earn at least $505,000.
In 2012, offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik earned $294,600 and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast was paid $245,000. Both were let go after head coach Jeff Tedford was fired following a 3-9 season.
The salaries of Cal’s assistant coaches came under scrutiny following the 2011 season when two members of Tedford’s staff departed for better deals at Washington.
Franklin will receive a $175,000 base salary and a $245,000 talent fee for the period spanning May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.
He receives a one-time $26,000 signing bonuses and three staggered retention bonuses totaling 109,000, if remains with the program through the end of the 2013 regular season. Those three yearly retention bonuse increases in value to $130,000 each of the two subsequent seasons.
Additionally, he was due a pro-rated payment of $98,193.97 for the period from his hiring on Dec. 7, 2012 through April 30, 2013.
Buh will receive a base salary of $175,000 and a talent fee of $325,000. He  earned a one-time signing bonus of $5,000, but does not get retention bonuses.
Buh was to receive a pro-rated payment of $103,623 for the period from Jan. 10 through April 30, 2013.
Both coordinators are eligible for bonuses based on the team’s performance: $10,000 for a non-BCS bowl appearance, $15,000 for appearing in the Pac-12 championship game, $25,000 for a BCS bowl appearance and $35,000 for a bid to the national championship game.
If Franklin is fired without cause after the end of the first season and prior to the end of the second season, he will receive a $680,000 payoff. If he’s terminated after the second season but before the end of the third season, that payoff is $420,000.
Buh, if fired without cause, would receive 100 percent of his base and talent fee for the remainder of his contract, making it essentially a gauranteed contract.
If Franklin chooses to leave prior to April 30, 2014, he must pay the university $50,000. His buyout fee drops to $25,000 the next year.
Buh’s buyout ladder is $75,000 after the first season, $50,000 after the second season and $25,000 if he departs between May 1, 2015 and Nov. 15, 2015.

What Pac-12 coordinators earned in 2012

Here’s a look at what Pac-12 schools paid their football coordinators in 2012, according to the USA Today football coaches salary database. All are base salaries, not including potential bonuses earned:

— Arizona
Calvin Magee, co-offensive coordinator, $300,000
Rod Smith, co-offensive coordinator, $235,000
Jeff Casteel, defensive coordinator, $425,000

— Arizona State
Mike Norvell, offensive coordinator, $320,000
Paul Randolph, defensive coordinator, $320,000

— Cal
Jim Michalczik, offensive coordinator, $294,600
Clancy Pendergast, defensive coordinator, $245,000

— Colorado
Eric Bieniemy, offensive coordinator, $480,000
Greg Brown, defensive coordinator, $301,000

— Oregon
Mark Helfrich, offensive coordinator, $350,833
Nick Aliotti, defensive coordinator, $552,500

— Oregon State
Danny Langsford, offensive coordinator, $240,000
Mark Banker, defensive coordinator, $440,000

— Southern Cal
Kennedy Polamalu, offensive coordinator, N/A
Monte Kiffin, defensive coordinator, $1,533,764

— Stanford
Pep Hamilton, offensive coordinator, N/A
Derek Mason, defensive coordinator, N/A

Noel Mazzone, offensive coordinator, $350,000
Lou Spanos, defensive coordinator, $550,000

— Utah
Brian Johnson, co-offensive coordinator, $225,500
Kalani Fifita Sitake, defensive coordinator, $500,000

— Washington
Eric Kiesau, offensive coordinator, $375,004
Justin Wilcox, defensive coordinator, $750,000

— Washington State
Mike Breske, defensive coordinator, $326,500

Note: Southern Cal and Stanford are private universities and not subject to public records searches. At Washington State, head coach Mike Leach also served as offensive coordinator.



Track: Two Bears move through NCAA regionals

Cal long jumpers Hammed Suleman and Malaina Payton advanced to the NCAA track and field championships during the West Preliminary meet Thursday at Austin, Texas.

Suleman leaped 25 feet, 1 1/4 inches on his second attempt to qualify for the NCAA meet, June 5-8 at Eugene, Ore.  He won the Pac-12 meet two weeks ago with a personal-best jump of 25-11 1/2.

On Friday, Suleman will try to qualify in the triple jump, where he is seeded No. 1 in the West meet.

Payton jumped 20-11 3/4 on her third attempt, passed on her remaining tries and also qualified for the NCAA championships.

The West Preliminary meet runs through Saturday. 



Football: Bears get commit from 2014 RB prospect

Cal coach Sonny Dykes has identified running back as an area of need in the 2014 recruiting class, and he got his first commitment at the position from Tre Watson, a 5-10, 184-pounder from Centennial-Corona.

He likely won’t be the last, especially if the Bears can lure four-star local talent Joe Mixon of Freedom-Oakley.

Watson committed Sunday, according to Rivals.com, which ranks Watson as a three-star prospect. Scout does not rate him.

Still, hard to say just how good Watson might be. He rushed for 1,483 yards and scored 24 total touchdowns last season, despite barely playing half a game because Centennial was so far ahead on most nights. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry for the season and scored two TDs in a 41-34 win over Narbonne Harbor in the SoCal open division title game.

He carried seven times for 33 yards in Centennial’s 48-24 loss to De La Salle in the state open division championship.

Watson had offers from BYU, Washington State, Nevada and Fresno State, among others, according to Rivals.



Women’s basketball: Gray named to U.S. squad

Cal junior forward Reshanda Gray was named to the USA Women’s World University Games roster and will participate in the event at Kazan, Russia, July 8-15.

Gray averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season. She will train with the USA team from June 25 through July 1 in Colorado Springs.

Cal senior Gennifer Brandon also took part in the team tryouts, which ended Sunday. Brandon was not chosen to the 12-player roster 

Here’s a Q&A with Gray, courtesy of USA Basketball:

What was your initial reaction when they called your name?
“I was nervous. I was having butterflies. I was locked arms with my teammate Gennifer [Brandon], and I was just telling her, ‘Make the team or not, this is just a learning experience for us to get better.’ We’re just very thankful and blessed to be here. I’m one of the top 33 college players in the country, just being able to be here and try. I just want to cry right now. I’m so emotional because we worked so hard, and I just give props to my teammate Genn. She definitely pushed me, and I just give props to everybody back home for sending good vibes and good luck wishes.”

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Rowing: Cal women win 6th straight Pac-12 title

The No. 2-ranked Cal women’s rowing team won its sixth straight Pac-12 title on Sunday, with victories in the varsity four and second varsity at Lake Natoma.

The Bears totaled 39 points to edge second-place and top-ranked USC (37.5) and third-place and fourth-ranked Washington (36.5) in the team standings.

Cal, which has won nine of the past 10 conference titles, awaits Tuesday’s seeding for the NCAA championships, to be held May 31 through June 2 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis.


Softball: Bears bow out of NCAA regionals

The Cal women’s softball team was eliminated from the postseason on Sunday after a 3-1 loss to host Michigan in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.

The Bears (38-19) fell behind 2-0, got one run back when Cheyenne Cordes homered in the third, but never could catch the No. 7 Wolverines (48-10).

The Bears, coming out of the losers bracket, needed to beat UM twice Sunday to advance to the Super Regionals.

Jolene Henderson allowed seven hits and struck out six in the loss, and her sister Danielle Henderson had two hits.


Football: Cal signee Khalfani Muhammad blazes to four CIF Southern Section sprint titles

Khalfani Muhammad, who will be a freshman running back for the Bears next fall, showed off the speed he will bring to Berkeley by winning four events Saturday at the CIF Southern Section championships.

Muhammad, who competes for Notre Dame HS in Sherman Oaks in Division 3, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored winning teams in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

Muhammad logged a wind-aided 100-meter time of 10.33 seconds. Although not eligible for record purposes, because of the 3.1-meters-per-second wind reading, the time was the fastest Muhammad has run under any circumstances.

It’s also faster than any California sprinter has clocked this season, according to the website www.dyestat.com.

Later, Muhammad won the 200 meters with a wind-legal time of 20.84, crossing six-tenths of a second ahead of the runnerup. That time is the third-fastest in the country this year.

Muhammad also anchored his team to victory in the 400 relay with a time of 41.27, and 1,600 relay to first place in 3:18.92.




Golf: Cal roars to record victory at NCAA regional, Weaver rallies to share medalist honors

Cal’s top-ranked men’s golf team completed its wire-to-wire victory at the NCAA Pullman Regional, winning a modern NCAA-record 11th tournament this season. Leading the way was junior Michael Weaver, who played the Masters earlier this spring and Saturday rallied to earn a share of medalist honors.

The Bears (265-276-280-821) finished 43 strokes under par and beat runnerup Texas Christian by 20 strokes at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Saint Mary’s was third, USC fourth.

Cal previously shared the NCAA record of 10 tournament titles with the 1985-86 Oklahoma State team.

“I’ve been doing this for 34 years and there’s never been a team that’s been close to this,” Cal coach Steve Desimone said about the record. “There are a lot of reasons for it but primarily it has happened because these guys have understood all along what was out there for us and they’ve worked so hard. They are the epitome of a team.”

As one of the top five finishing teams at the Regionals, Cal advances to the NCAA Championships, May 28 through June 2 at Alpharetta, Ga.

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