Basketball: Bears get point guard commit

New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin has secured a verbal commitment from a 5-foot-9 point guard to go with the 7-foot-1 center he landed several weeks ago.

Brandon Chauca, a left-hander from Shannon Forest Christian School in Greenville, S.C., announced Friday he will join the Bears next fall. Earlier, center Kinglsey Okoroh signed with the Bears.

Because the spring signing period is over, Chauca signed a financial aid agreement but not a letter-of-intent.

A native of Alexandria, Va., Chauca averaged 23.1 points, 7.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 3.7 steals last season.

The left-hander will provide depth at point guard, where Justin Cobbs departs and Sam Singer and Tyrone Wallace are expected to duel for the starting job.

Chauca picked Cal over Washington State, and also drew interest from Missouri and Virginia Tech.

Cal now has 11 scholarship players committed for next season. Here’s the breakdown:

Seniors (1): F David Kravish

Juniors (3): G Tyrone Wallace, F Christian Behens, G/F Stephen Domingo*

Sophomores (5): G Jabari Bird, G Sam Singer, G Jordan Mathews, C Kameron Rooks, F Roger Moute a Bidias

Freshmen (2): C Kingsley Okoroh, G Brandon Chauca 

* Must sit out 2014-15 season as transfer from Georgetown.


Basketball: DeCuire hired by Montana

Former Cal assistant Travis DeCuire has been hired as head coach at Montana, replacing Wayne Tinkle, who recently took over as coach at Oregon State, according to multiple media reports.

DeCuire was Mike Montgomery’s top aide the past six seasons and is an alum of Montana, where he was the school’s career assist leader.

DeCuire, 43, was considered for the Cal coaching position given to Cuonzo Martin, then was one of three finalists for the OSU job that went to Tinkle.


Football: Times set on 3 games for 2014

Times are set for three of Cal’s 2014 football games, including its home opener Sept. 6 against Sacramento State, which kicks off at noon and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks.

Cal’s game against Oregon at the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday, Oct. 24, will begin at 7 p.m.

And the Bears’ Thursday, Nov. 13 game at USC is slated for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Cal’s season-opener at Northwestern is part of the Big Ten Conference television package and is expected to be announced soon.


Hall of Fame: Natalie Coughlin leads 2014 class

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, winner of 11 NCAA titles and 12 Olympic medals, heads the seven-member 2014 class of inductees into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame.

Also part of Cal’s 29th Hall of Fame class are gymnast Tom Beach, swimmer Anthony Ervin, golfer Sarah Huarte, track and field athlete Grace Upshaw, football coach Ray Willsey and contributor Rick Cronk, who earned the Hall of Fame Service Award.

Induction ceremonies will be held Oct. 17 at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland. Ticket information for the event can be found at www.bigcsociety.com.

Here’s a capsule on each inductee:

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Basketball: Cal’s Roger Moute a Bidias selected to Pac-12 all-star squad for summer trip to China

Cal sophomore forward Roger Moute a Bidias has been chosen to participate with a Pac-12 Conference all-star squad on a four-game tour of China, beginning Aug. 10.

Utah’s Larry Krystkowiak will coach the Pac-12 team, featuring 13 players from 10 different conference schools. The tour is part of the Pac-12’s Globilization Initiative.

Moute a Bidias played sparingly for Cal last season as a true freshman.

Other players on the Pac-12 squad include Utah forward Jordan Loveridge (14.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Colorado forward Xavier Johnson (12.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg), Washington guard Andrew Andrews (12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg) and Washington State guard DaVonte Lacy (19.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg).

The Pac-12 squad will play one game against a Chinese university all-star team and play three vs. Chinese professional teams, including one against the Shanghai Sharks. The Shanghai franchise is owned by former eight-time NBA all-star Yao Ming and features former Cal center Max Zhang.


Evaluating the Pac-12 presidents’ proposals

The Pac-12 presidents covered a lot of territory in their proposals for NCAA changes outlined in a letter sent to their counterparts of the four other major football-playing conferences.

Some good ideas, a few that need substantial detail, and at least one that ain’t happening. Here’s my reaction:

— Permit institutions to make scholarship awards up to the full cost of attendance.

Reaction: That’s right, full scholarships do not necessarily– and in most cases don’t — cover the full cost of a student attending a school. Especially for kids whose families don’t have a lot of resources, this is an issue. There is plenty of money available at the big schools, no matter what anyone says, and this is right and reasonable.

— Provide reasonable ongoing medical or insurance assistance for student-athletes who suffer an incapacitating injury in competition or practice. Continue efforts to reduce the incidence of disabling injury.

Reaction: It’s unthinkable this is not standard procedure. Should be at the top of the list.

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Pac-12 presidents call for sweeping NCAA reform, including stipends, conference autonomy

The Pac-12 presidents have sent a letter to their counterparts at the four other major football conferences, asking for substantial changes to the way the NCAA functions, including stipends for athletes, better medical coverage and autonomy for the leagues.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, said the league’s 12 presidents were unanimous in their endorsement of the sweeping changes.

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Basketball: Ex-Cal guard Kreklow to Creighton

Former Cal guard Ricky Kreklow will complete his career at Creighton, according to CBSSports.com.

Kreklow, who announced last month he was transferring to a new school for his senior season, averaged 5.5 points for the Bears last season.

A Midwest native and a transfer from Missouri, Kreklow’s two-year career at Cal was marred by a series of injuries.


Football: SI.com ranks Bears’ chance at redemption as No. 83 storyline for ’14

How excited are you about the 2014 college football season?

Well, the season opener is still more than three months away, but the folks at SI.com, on their Campus Union blog, are counting down the 100 things they’re most excited about.

Nos. 81 through 100 were unveiled Monday, and the Golden Bears made an appearance at . . .

83. Sonny Dykes’ second chance to jumpstart Cal. Cal took a step back in Dykes’ debut in Berkeley. Cal’s 1-11 campaign was a far cry from the coach’s history of success at Louisiana Tech. With prolific passer Jared Goff (3,508 yards in ‘13) back for his sophomore season, can the offensive-minded Dykes make the Bear Raid a winner?


Golf: Cal seeded No. 5 for NCAA championships

Cal’s golf team, making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA championships, was seeded No. 5 among 40 teams for the event that begins Friday at Prairie Dunes Country Club at Hutchinson, Kansas.

Cal will be grouped with No. 4 Georgia Tech and No. 6 Georgia for 54 holes of stroke play, beginning Friday and running though Sunday.

The top 40 individuals and ties at the conclusion of 54 holes of stroke play will move on to a fourth round of stroke play action Monday to determine the NCAA individual medalist title that was won last season by Cal senior and current professional Max Homa.

The top eight teams at the end of 54 holes of stroke play will advance to one of four match-play quarterfinals scheduled for Tuesday with seedings based on 54-hole team stroke play scores.