Football: Cal, Auburn sign two-year deal for 2019, ’20

Cal has signed a two-year, home-and-home deal with Southeastern Conference power Auburn, the national runnerup last season and the 2010 national champion.

The Bears will visit Auburn on Sept. 21, 2019, with the Tigers making a trip to Berkeley on Sept. 19, 2020.

The teams will be meeting for the first time.

Cal also scheduled three home games for the 2016, ’17 and ’18 seasons.

South Dakota will visit on Sept. 3, 2016, Weber State comes to town on Sept. 9, 2017, and Idaho State will travel to Berkeley on Sept. 15, 2018.


Football: Cal-Oregon postgame notes

Stats, notes and leftovers from Cal’s 59-41 loss to No. 6 Oregon on Friday night at Levi’s Stadium:

* Jared Goff’s 360-yard passing night was his school-record 11th 300-yard game — in just 20 games over two seasons – breaking the mark of 10 set by Pat Barnes (1993-96).

* With two more touchdown passes, Goff has 26 on the season, which ranks third on Cal’s all-time list. Barnes holds the record with 31. Goff also hiked his career total to 44, moving past Aaron Rodgers (2003-04) into seventh.

* With 2,842 passing yards in eight games, Goff is on pace to pass for 4,263 yards, which would shatter his year-old school record of 3,508.

* Running back Daniel Lasco had career-high totals of eight receptions for 101 yards. He also rushed for 85 yards on 15 carries, giving him 608 yards on the season. He now has seven touchdowns.

* After averaging just 60.7 rushing yards over the previous three games, the Bears had 193 yards on the ground. Their four rushing touchdowns were the most they’ve had in a game in two seasons under Sonny Dykes.

* Cal’s 41 points marked the fifth time in 2014 the Bears have topped 40 in a game, a total the Bears never achieved last season. They hadn’t reached 40 points five times in a full season since 2006.

* The Bears have now scored 332 points — 56 more than they totaled all last season. Their 41.5 scoring average is on pace to be their highest since World War II.

* Cal was 6 for 6 in the red zone — all touchdowns. That improves its season mark to 30 for 34 (88.2 percent), including 24 touchdowns. In 2013, the Bears had 21 red-zone TDs all season and ranked last overall in the Pac-12 at 72.1 percent.

* Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, in three career games against the Bears, has thrown for 817 yards with 13 TDs and just one interception, sparking totals of 59, 55 and 59 points.

* This was the third game this season in which Cal and its opponent combined for at least 100 points — the others were the Bears’ 60-59 win at Washington State and their 59-56 overtime win over Colorado. Previously, dating back to 1937, Cal had taken part in just five games where at least 100 points were scored.


Basketball: Ivan Rabb trims list to 5, including Cal

Five-star East Bay basketball prospect Ivan Rabb has trimmed his list of potential colleges from seven to five, and Cal remains in the hunt, his high school coach confirmed Friday.

Rabb, a 6-foot-10 forward from Bishop O’Dowd High and a top-10 national recruit, eliminated North Carolina and Georgetown from consideration.

Still in play are Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA . . . and Cal. It’s heady competition for the Bears, but new coach Cuonzo Martin has made Rabb a priority since he was hired last spring.

“He seemed very relieved today to have it down to five,” O’Dowd coach Lou Richie said. “He called all the schools before it went public. It’s taking a long time, but he’s handling it the right way.”

Richie said Rabb is making his first official campus visit this weekend, leaving Saturday for Kentucky. He has not yet scheduled his other four trips.

Rabb was not available for comment.


Basketball: Montgomery likes what he sees in Martin

The old Cal basketball coach has met the new Cal coach and he likes what he sees.

Both Mike Montgomery and Cuonzo Martin were at Pac-12 basketball media day on Thursday, and Cal senior forward Kravish was a bit amused by the new assignment his former coach has taken on as a TV analyst for the Pac-12 Networks.

“It’s interesting to see him with a little media tag on,” Kravish said. “He would always answer your guys’ questions a little sarcastically and now he’s on the questions end.”

Montgomery, who worked in TV before his six-year stint as coach at Cal, said he always knew he’d try to land back in that role.

“I was on the beach in Mexico last week. I’ve never been on the beach in October before,” he said. “It’s a nice change, but a little bit of that goes a long ways.”

Montgomery met Martin for the first time on campus during the offseason and is impressed.

”He seems like a first-class guy. He’s quiet, doesn’t say very much. He watches before he speaks, which is a good thing,” Montgomery said. “But he has the players’ respect. He’s no-nonsense. That’s good – that’s what that group needs.”

Martin’s first Cal team features veterans in Kravish and junior guard Tyrone Wallace, along with a promising sophomore class.

“He inherited a very good group. He’s got a very good locker room, great leadership,” Montgomery said. “They’ve been getting up at 6 to practice and I was, `Yup, they’ll do it.’ In years past we’d have had a little trouble getting everybody up at 6.”

The Bears have minimal frontline depth, but Montgomery believes that can be overcome. “If they stay healthy,” he said, “I think they can compete.”


Basketball: Arizona picked to win Pac-12; Cal tabbed 7th

Arizona was a near-unanimous pick to win the Pac-12 men’s basketball championship, according to a poll of 32 media members who cover the conference.

Cal was voted seventh.

The Wildcats, picked for the third straight year to win the league, collected 31 of 32 first-place votes to easily outdistance Utah and Colorado in the Pac-12 poll, announced Thursday at media day.

Arizona accumulated 383 total points, with Utah second at 317 and Colorado one point back in third. UCLA, which secured the only other first-place vote, was fourth with 290 points.

Stanford, coming off a Sweet 16 appearance, was picked fifth with 264 points and Cal, under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin, is tabbed to finish seventh. Washington was picked sixth with 189 points, one more than Cal totaled.

Finishing eighth through 12th are Oregon, Arizona State, USC, Washington State and Oregon State.

The media have correctly picked the conference winner 13 times over the past 22 seasons.


Basketball: Pac-12 media day set for Thursday

Pac-12 basketball media day is Thursday in San Francisco and I will be on hand to provide news and notes from the proceedings.

The event, featuring all 12 coaches and one player from each school, begins at 10 a.m. Cal will be represented by coach Cuonzo Martin and senior forward David Kravish.

If you want to watch live streaming from the event, click here for information on how to get onboard.