3

Basketball: Tyrone Wallace is Player of Week

Cal sophomore guard Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 20 points in the Bears’ 83-64 season-opening win over Coppin State.

It’s Wallace’s first player of the week honor.

The Bakersfield native also contributed six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a blocked shot, and made 3 of 6 attempts from 3-point range.

*****

The Bears return to action Tuesday night against Denver, making its season debut. Tipoff is 8 p.m. at Haas Pavilion

3

Football: You won’t believe it — a second straight day game at home for Golden Bears

Maybe the TV football gods feel bad for the Golden Bears.

Whatever the reason, Cal’s home finale against USC on Nov. 9 has been set for a noon kickoff, the Pac-12 office announced. The game will be aired on Fox.

That will mark a second straight home day game for the Bears, who played five of their first eight games at night, including last Saturday’s 8 p.m. kickoff at Washington.

Cal ends a three-week run of late games when it hosts Arizona on Saturday at 12:30. The game will be aired by the Pac-12 Networks.

0

Pac-12 Basketball Media Day: Justin Cobbs welcomes chance to mentor freshman Jabari Bird

Cal coach Mike Montgomery, peppered with questions about Jabari Bird, called the Bay Area prospect “probably the most high-profile freshman” he has brought to Berkeley and predicted, “He’s going to be a great player.”

But Montgomery said the job of helping Bird become that player falls to senior point guard Justin Cobbs.

“It’s going to be the responsibility of a guy like Justin to make sure that we take advantage of his abilities,” Montgomery said Thursday at Pac-12 media day in San Francisco.

In other words, as always with Montgomery, he wants his upper classmen to shoulder the pressure and leadership on his team.

Continue Reading

14

Basketball: Az picked to win Pac-12, Cal 5th

Arizona was picked to win the Pac-12 men’s basketball title in a poll of media members who cover the conference. The Wildcats collected 21 of 23 first-place votes.

The others went to UCLA and Colorado, who finished second and third in the poll.

Oregon was fourth, just two points ahead of Cal.

The rest of the poll: Stanford, Arizona State, Washington, Utah, Oregon State, USC and Washington State.

The media has correctly predicted the Pac-12 champion 12 of the past 21 seasons.

0

Basketball: Andy Enfield brings `Dunk City’ flair from Florida Gulf Coast to USC

He is a reluctant celebrity, made instantly famous by the exploits of his Florida Gulf Coast basketball team during last season’s NCAA tournament. Now Andy Enfield finds himself living in the city where Kardashians set trends and TMZ shouts the news.

“I was never the life of the party. In fact, I’m still not,” Enfield said recently.

But as USC’s first-year coach and the guy with the former supermodel wife, Enfield is charged with creating a product that can escape the shadows of football on his campus and of basketball at the school across town.

USC hasn’t reached the Final Four since 1954, but Enfield believes players in one of the nation’s most fertile recruiting grounds will embrace the flamboyant “Dunk City” approach his Florida Gulf Coast team rode to the Sweet 16. He interrupted a recent scrimmage at the Galen Center’s practice gym to reinforce that point.

“We play up-tempo basketball here,” he told his players. “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA.”

Click here to read the rest of this story.

2

Football: Vincenzo D’Amato wins Pac-12 award

Cal senior placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato. who kicked three field goals and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to holder Jackson Bouza in the Bears’ 44-30 season-opening loss to Northwestern, was named Pac-12 special teams player of the week.

Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson and Arizona safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant were honored for offense and defense. Click here for more details.

2

Pac-12 media day: Bears’ tough opening stretch

First-year Cal coach Sonny Dykes said he’d like to eventually adopt an A-B-C system to nonconference scheduling.

The alphabet has been jumbled this season with a season-opening run of Northwestern, Portland State and Ohio State. That’s a three-week stretch involving two 10-win teams from the Big Ten Conference.

With a Pac-12 opener at Oregon looming, the Bears face the prospect of a 1-3 start if they don’t beat Northwestern in the Aug. 31 opener at Berkeley.

“You can’t really look at it that way, but realistically it’s got to be there in the back of your mind,” Dykes said Friday at Pac-12 media day at Sony Pictures Studios. “I’m sure when they scheduled Northwestern, they weren’t coming off a 10-win season.

“At the time, you could see how Northwestern might have been a B team. Obviously, they’re certainly not now.”

Noting that the Bears have contracted future games against Texas, Dykes said he’d like to maintain one high-profile game on the nonconference schedule each year.

“I think it’s good for college football, good for Cal,” he said.

But the arrangement also comes with the very real possibility of losing that game, adding importance to the other two to create a body of work that leads to bowl eligibility.

“Those other two games are really important,” Dykes said. “We hope we get to the point where we win all three of them every year, but you’ve got to give yourself an opportunity to be successful.

“You’ve got to win your nonconference games.”

0

Pac-12 media day: Dykes soaks it all in

Wherever he went Friday at Sony Pictures Studios, Cal coach Sonny Dykes was made to feel like a star. Certainly he was a center of attention at Pac-12 football media day.

“This is different for me,” said Dykes, who coached last season at Louisiana Tech. “I went to WAC media day last year and I interviewed myself. I asked some hard-hitting questions of myself.”
 
By comparison, there were hundreds of media members at Friday’s event in Culver City.
 
“It’s good to be in a conference that has exposure and has resources,” Dykes said. “This is why these guys work so hard to play at a level like this and why you coach at all the places you coach to get to a school like Cal and a league like the Pac-12 and the chance to go to the Rose Bowl. That’s the pinnacle of college football.”
 
2

Pac-12 media day: Bears feeling healthy

Cal coach Sonny Dykes said virtually all of the players who sat out spring ball with health issues will be at full strength with no limitations when the Bears begin practice Aug. 5.

That includes junior running back Brendan Bigelow, who had offseason surgery on his right knee. Bigelow is expected to be one of the Bears’ top offensive playmakers after averaging 9.8 yards per rush in limited action last season.

The exception could be TE/WR Spencer Hagan, still not fully cleared after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

“We anticipate him being back. But he had a pretty severe injury. Is he going to be 100 percent? We’ll see,” Dykes said Friday at Pac-12 media day at the Sony Pictures Studios. “We would anticipate he will be back, but can’t say without any doubt that he will be right now.

“He’s the one guy I have a question about.”

Also cleared to practice after sitting out the spring are RB Daniel Lasco (shoulder), TE/WR Richard Rodgers (shoulder), DE Chris McCain (shoulder), DE Brennan Scarlett (hand), CB Stefan McClure (knee), DL Sione Sina (knee), WR Chris Harper (shoulder) and OL Chris Adcock (shoulder).