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Women’s basketball: Bears No. 9 by coaches

The Cal women’s basketball team, coming off its first trip to the Final Four last season, is rated No. 9 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll, matching the Bears’ highest preseason ranking.

Cal was 32-4 last season and shared its first Pac-12 championship with rival Stanford.

Jeff Faraudo

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Let’s fire Sandy. She’s terrible at running Cal’s athletic programs.

    But wait: its only the football squad that sucks and the man in charge of that debacle was canned – so Sandy did her job there – albeit a season or two too late.

    Virtually every other program competes for championships on a regular basis. Women’s basketball made the final four last year. The men almost made the sweet sixteen. Swimming, Golf, Water Polo, Tennis, Soccer, Softball etc, etc are all the cream of the pac12 crop. But since the stadium is too expensive and since she is a “twofer” (whatever that is) and since some don’t like the results of the SD hire despite the green and depleted squad it has to be Sandy that takes the bullet.

    Cal athletics is not a single squad (football), it is a conglomerate of incredibly successful programs and Sandy has the majority of those programs competing at the absolute top of their game both athletically AND academically. It is football, and only football, led by JT (not hired by Sandy) for the past 11 seasons, that is in the dumps.

    I personally cannot wait to see how far the men’s basketball team can go this season. Monty, a Sandy hire, is still one of the best and his teams are FUN TO WATCH. Thank you for that hire.

    And to the all the angry guys ranting over the last few weeks: I won’t apologize for the positive attitude! That’s just how I roll…
    Go Bears!

  • rollonubears

    Sandy has done some great things, but football and basketball pay the bills, and both are woefully under-attended, and have been for a long time.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Another Cal success story (no credit to Sandy, of course): http://www.sfgate.com/collegesports/article/Cal-men-s-soccer-riding-high-with-1st-No-1-4937312.php

    @Rollon, so it’s Sandy’s fault that the Bay Area has 10 other awesome things to do on any given day/night than attend a Cal basketball or football game? If there is a good performance at Zellerbach the same night as a basketball game it is fair to say that a good number of Cal “fans” may decide to watch the performance at Zellerbach instead. This is Cal afterall, and sports have never come first with the vast majority of students or alums. It is only to us die-hards (myself included) that actually waste time posting to blogs like these that Cal sports take center stage. Your average old blue would just as well take in an art expo in SF or eat a nice meal and listen to Jazz in Oakland than watch a basketball game in Haas. Heck that even applies to me once in a while. This is Berkeley, not Norman or Chapel Hill. And you know what, I’ll take it, thank you very much.

    Go Bears!

  • milo

    WBB absolutely can win it all. Go Coach G! Go Bears!

  • EastCoastCalFan

    @BlakeStreetBear

    I love that you are as passionate about Cal as I am. But no amount of sunshine-pumping of the Olympic sports can undo the damage the APR fiasco has done. There is NO excuse for being DEAD LAST among BCS football schools. None. She has to pay the price for that, because it happened on her watch, and got worse with her ignoring the problem. And you mention Monty… while I too love Monty and what he’s done with the team on the court, he has to be embarrassed at the APR numbers for his squad too. And Sandy fiddles while Rome burns; attendance and donations dwindle, and her lack of charisma or an obvious plan have doomed the revenue sports for God knows how long. #firesandy #firebuh