Women’s basketball: Cal duo on Naismith list

Cal seniors Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray both have been included on the 50-player Naismith Trophy watch list, announced by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

Cal is one of eight schools in the country with two nominees for the award.

Both were named to the preseason Wooden Award and Wade Watch Lists earlier this season. It is the second consecutive season that Boyd has been selected to the Naismith Trophy watch list.

Boyd is averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, an NCAA-best 9.1 assists and 3.25 steals per game. She is the only player in the country to have registered two triple-doubles this season.

Gray leads the Bears with a 21.1 scoring average while adding 5.6 rebounds per game. She ranks No. 3 in the NCAA in field goal percentage at .677.


Football Cal’s future schedules

Here are Cal’s future nonconference football schedules:

2015 – Grambling State Sept. 5; San Diego State Sept. 12; at Texas Sept. 19

2016 – South Dakota Sept. 3; at San Diego State Sept. 10; Texas Sept. 17

2017 – at North Carolina Sept. 2; Weber State Sept. 9, 1 TBA

2018 – North Carolina Sept. 1; at BYU Sept. 8; Idaho State Sept. 15

2019 – San Jose State Sept. 14, at Auburn Sept. 21, 1 TBA

2020 – TCU Sept. 5, Auburn Sept. 19, 1 TBA

2021 – at TCU Sept. 11, 2 TBA

2022 – 3 TBA

2023 – at San Jose State Sept. 16, 2 TBA



Football: Cal, San Jose State agree to 2-game series

Cal and San Jose State, who have not met on the football field since 1996, have agreed on a two-game, home-and-home series, beginning in 2019 at Berkeley.

The Bears and Spartans will meet Sept. 14, 2019 at Memorial Stadium, then square off Sept. 16, 2023 at Spartan Stadium.

Cal owns a 29-6 all-time edge in a series that began in 1899. The Bears have won the past nine meetings, including their most recent matchup, by a 45-25 margin in San Jose in 1996, the only previous meeting of the two schools in San Jose.

The Spartans’ most recent victory in the series was by a 27-25 score in 1987.

“Anytime you can schedule a home-and-home series with a formidable local opponent it is good for both universities and their fan bases, as well as football fans in the area,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “Cal and San Jose State both have football programs rich in tradition and history, and we are excited to have them returning to our schedule.”

SJSU athletic director Gene Bleymaier said the Spartans are “delighted” to resume the series. “These games are good for our program and good for fans of Bay Area college football,” he said.


Football: Bears get commit from OLB/DE prospect

Cal got its 15th oral commitment when Cameron Saffle, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker/defensive end from Sammamish, Washington, accepted a scholarship offer, according to Scout.com.

Saffle, who played at Skyline High, is rated as a two-star prospect by Scout and Rivals. He played linebacker in high school, but said he may be moved to the defensive line in college.

Saffle also had offers from Air Force, Eastern Washington and Idaho, according to Rivals.


Women’s basketball: Boyd is Player of the Week

Both Cal point guards were honored by the Pac-12 on Monday, as senior Brittany Boyd of the women’s team joined Tyrone Wallace as Players of the Week in the conference.

Boyd averaged a triple-double for two games, posting numbers of 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 10.0 assists.

The Berkeley High grad had her second career double vs. Sacramento State, totaling 11 points, 19 rebounds and a school record-tying 16 assists. In a loss at Kansas on Sunday, Boyd had five steals to become the school’s career record-holder with 296.

She leads the nation in assists at 9.1 per game and is the only player in the country two triple-doubles.


Basketball: Wallace is Pac-12 Player of Week again

Cal junior Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season after averaging 25.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in a pair of victories.

The 6-foot-5 point guard scored 26 of his career-high 29 points in the second half of Sunday’s 63-56 win at Nevada and had 22 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a home win over Montana.

Wallace is averaging 19.3 points, 8.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists for the season.

The Bears (7-1), off to their best start since 2007-08, face Wyoming (8-1) at home on Wednesday. Tipoff is 8 p.m.


Football: Avery Sebastian to transfer for senior year

Cal redshirt junior safety Avery Sebastian, plagued by injury the past two seasons and due to graduate in two weeks, said Friday he will transfer to play his senior season and pursue a post-graduate degree at another school.

“I loved it here at Cal,” Sebastian said in a phone interview. “I always have to look ahead and do what’s best. After reviewing my four years at Cal, talking with my family and friends, this is the best decision. I’m just excited about the future.

Sebastian, 21, played just seven games this fall because of nagging quadriceps injury. He tore his Achilles tendon in the 2013 opener and missed the rest of the season.

A native of McDonough, Georgia, Sebastian said he’s open to play anywhere that fits his football skills and his desire to earn a Masters degree in communications or sports management.

Because he graduates this month with a sociology degree, Sebastian will be eligible to play next season without sitting out.

“Avery Sebastian has been an outstanding representative of the University of California and our football program both on and off the field since his arrival at Cal,” Cal coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “I congratulate Avery on graduating from the No. 1 public university in the nation in four years and wish him nothing but the best in all of his future pursuits.”

Sebastian leaves despite what he called “an awesome experience” at Berkeley.

“The Bay Area has a lot of things that attract people,” he said. “I had a great time here. It really helped me mature, being away from home. I had great teammates, a great experience. I had everything.”

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Football: Bucs release Jeff Tedford from contract

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contract Friday, allowing the former Cal head coach to pursue other opportunities.

Might those other opportunities include possible interest in vacant jobs at Oregon State or Colorado State? Other collegiate head coaching positions may also become available.

Tedford, 53, underwent a coronary angioplasty prior to the NFL season and was granted an indefinite leave of absence shortly thereafter. Former Cal and San Jose State assistant coach Marcus Arroyo has served as interim offensive coordinator.

“Throughout these difficult circumstances, our primary concern was for Jeff’s health and well-being,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said in a statement released by the club.

“After speaking with Jeff in recent days, it became obvious that a mutual decision to release him from his contract was the best way forward. We wish Jeff continued success in the next phase of his career.”

Tedford coached at Cal for 11 seasons through 2012 and is the school’s winningest coach with 82 victories.

After taking off the 2013 season, Tedford was hired to handle Tampa Bay’s offense. Health issues derailed that move almost before it got started.

Tedford thanked Smith and everyone in the Bucs organization in a statement, and said his health is better.

“When my health issues arose, I simply tried to ignore them and then I made the mistake of twice trying to come back too early,” he said. “At that point, the organization proposed, and I agreed, that an indefinite leave of absence would allow me the proper amount of time to rest and rehabilitate myself.

“I am happy to state that I’m healthy now and feeling great.”

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Football: Goff, Lasco, 5 others named honorable mention

Quarterback Jared Goff and running back Daniel Lasco were among seven Cal players named honorable mention all-Pac-12 selections by the league’s coaches.

Other Cal players chosen were tight end Stephen Anderson, linebacker Michael Barton, offensive guard Chris Borrayo, defensive tackle Austin Clark and all-around/special teams player Bryce McGovern.

One interesting omission – wide receiver Kenny Lawler, who caught 54 passes for 701 yards and nine touchdowns, despite missing a game with injury.

Cal had no players selected to the first or second team.

Goff set single-season school records with 3,973 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes, both among the top marks in the nation. Lasco rushed for 1,115 yards, including five 100-yard games, and scored 14 touchdowns.

Anderson, a former walkon, slid from wideout to tight end and caught 46 passes for 661 yards and five touchdowns. Borrayo started 11 of 12 games at left guard for an offense that ranks 12th nationally at 38.3 points per game.

Barton led the Bears with 80 tackles, including 7.5 for losses, and Clark anchored a defensive line that improved from 86th to 38th nationally at defending the run.

McGovern was a standout on five of Cal’s six special team units, finishing with 27 tackles and the team’s lone blocked punt.


Football 2014 season wrapup: Plenty for Bears to build on, plenty still to fix as they try to take next step

When Oregon and Arizona meet Friday night at Levi’s Stadium in the Pac-12 championship game, Sonny Dykes will know his Cal team scored 86 points this season against the two best teams in the conference.

And gave up 108.

Yes, those were the 2014 Golden Bears, able to score points in bunches, generally unable to prevent the opposition from scoring even more.

Cal’s second season under Dykes ended at 5-7 and short of bowl eligibility after a 42-35 loss Saturday to BYU. The Bears made substantial improvement from 1-11 a year earlier, but after a 4-1 start to this season faced seven bowl-bound teams in their final eight games and lost to all of them.

“When you go from where we were last year, a lot of things have to change,” Dykes said. “We knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight.”

It didn’t, but 17 players who started Saturday are expected back next season. Leading the parade is quarterback Jared Goff, who has thrown 53 touchdowns in his first two seasons and will direct an offense that should continue to prosper.

“We have so many players coming back next season it’s hard not to be excited,” Dykes said.

How much higher the Bears can climb in 2015 will depend largely on how effectively they can fix a defense that allowed 30 points or more in each of their final 10 games.

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