National Signing Day -- San Jose State commitments


National Signing Day -- San Jose State commitments


San Jose -- Six players who combined to score 84 touchdowns as high school seniors, offensive and defensive linemen who add much needed strength, length and bulk and a highlytouted quarterback who threw 31 touchdown passes a year ago highlight San Jose State Universitys second stage of football recruiting for the 2011 season. Head coach Mike MacIntyre made the announcement.The Spartans signed 16 current high school seniors, 14 from California and two from Arizona schools, on the first possible signing day. Combined with seven mid-year transfers who could sign a National Leter-of-Intent (NLI) in December 2010, San Jose State has a 2011 recruiting class of 18 freshmen and five two-year college transfers.Twelve of the 23 signees currently are slotted as defensive prospects five linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs. Four offensive linemen, two wide receivers, two tight ends, a running back, two all-purpose athletes and a quarterback comprise the 10 offensive hopefuls.We wanted to fill the class out with athleticism and speed at the corner positions on offense and defense. We signed two good cornerbacks were excited about, some tall offensive linemen, added size, range and speed in our defensive front and are excited to sign Joe Gray (6-2, 190, FR, Dorsey HS-Los Angeles) whom weve think is a big-time quarterback, says MacIntyre, who is in his second season as San Jose States head coach.Gray passed for 3,030 yards and 31 touchdowns in 2010. The first-team all-city Los Angeles quarterback threw for 5,022 yards and 49 touchdowns and directed his teams to a combined 19-6 win-loss record his junior and senior seasons.Seeking to replace two starting offensive linemen, the Spartans signed California Community College first-team All-America Jon Meyer (6-5, 285, JR, Foothill College) as a mid-year transfer and added Doug Blacksill (6-5, 260, FR, Liberty HS-Bakersfield), Nick Diaz (6-3, 305, FR, St. John Bosco-Bellflower, Calif.), and Wes Schweitzer (6-5, 270, FR, Chaparral-Scottsdale, Ariz.). Blacksill was rated the 29-center nationally by new tight ends Travis Lorius (6-5, 245, JR, Foothill College) and Max Miller (6-6, 250, JR, Iowa Western College) enrolled as mid-year transfers, the Spartans turned their attention to the perimeter to fill out an already young and productive receiving corps. Wide receiver K.C. Pearce (6-3, 180, FR, Redwood HS-Visalia) averaged 24.5 yards per catch and scored 10 total touchdowns as a senior. Sam Boyd (6-3, 240, FR, Roosevelt HS-Corona, Calif.) averaged 19.2 yards per catch and caught 12 touchdown passes four of them 75 yards or longer in 2010. Boyd, Rivals.coms 49 California high school prospect, could play a number ofpositions in the San Jose State offensive scheme that involve catching the ball. Marced Kelly (5-10, 170, FR-Edison HS-Stockton, Calif.) is another all-purpose athlete who scored 18 touchdowns in 2010 and can play on either side of the ball.Speed, Size, Length In 2011 San Jose State Recruiting Classadd 1 Running back Cedric Simmons (6-1, 212, FR, Perry HS-Gilbert, Ariz.) rounds out the signees on offense. Simmons rushed for 1,149 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in his first fullseason as a teams primary ball carrier. Defensively, San Jose State became bigger inside with linemen Nathan Falo (6-1, 305,FR, Inderkum HS-Sacramento) and Tony Popovich (6-2, 280, FR-Marin Catholic HSKentfield, Calif.) and faster on the outside with Christian Hill (6-4, 220, FR-Sanger HSSanger, Calif.). Falo and Popovich were all-state selections during their respective high school careers and join mid-year transfers David Catalano (6-4, 255, FR, Canyon Del Oro HS Tucson, Ariz.) and David Tuitupou (6-6, 255, JR, Snow College).Defensive backs Tyler Ervin (5-10, 170, FR, Colton HS-Colton, Calif.), Mercy Maston (6-0, 190, FR, Bakersfield HS-Bakersfield, Calif.) and Dennis Rufus (6-1, 190, FR, Charter Oak HS-Covina, Calif.) are headed to San Jose State in the fall. Ervin and Rufus were first-team All-C.I.F. honorees in 2010 and Maston was rated 59 nationally as a cornerback Simon Connette (5-11, 185, FR, Santiago HS-Corona, Calif.) and Robert Fiscalini (5-11, 205, JR, Foothill College) signed at mid-year, enrolled at San Jose State and are ready to compete for positions on the depth chart during spring practice.Linebackers Josh Fasavalu (5-11, 215, FR, Poly HS-Long Beach, Calif.) and Hector Roach (6-2, 215, FR, Edison HS-Stockton, Calif.) complete San Jose States signees on the first day of the 2011 National Letter-of-Intent period.The 2011 recruiting class is the next step in MacIntyres plan to build a football program at San Jose State. Going into the season, the Spartans, like many other Football Bowl Subdivision members in NCAA Division I, will have 85 players on scholarship.Courtesy San Jose State media services

Cal extends men's basketball head coach Martin through 2020-21 season


Cal extends men's basketball head coach Martin through 2020-21 season

BERKELEY – University of California men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has agreed to a contract extension with the Golden Bears through the 2020-21 season.
Martin, who is in his third year at the helm of the program, has guided Cal to a 41-26 record over his first two seasons. Last year, the Bears finished 23-11 overall, tied for third in the Pac-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed – the highest regional seed in school history.
In addition to Cal's results on the court, the Bears produced an Academic Progress Rate score of 1,000 – the highest possible – for the 2014-15 academic year, Martin's first full season overseeing the program.
"Coach Martin is a proven educator who has created a culture of success on the court, in the classroom and in our community," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "He truly cares about his student-athletes beyond the arena with a commitment to prepare them for life after Cal. For the continued success of our men's basketball program, it is important that we make a proper investment, and given the levels of accomplishment have seen through his first two seasons in Berkeley, we are excited about the direction we are heading with Cuonzo as our coach."
"I'm proud of what we've been able to achieve so far here in Berkeley, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to continue to build the Cal men's basketball program," Martin said. "We're just getting started, and we'll continue to work tirelessly to shape our men into leaders on and off the court. I'm grateful to the university and athletic department for their support of our program and my commitment to Cal. I take great pride in being a member of the Cal family."
During the 2015-16 campaign, Martin guided Cal to a school-record 18-0 mark inside Haas Pavilion. The Bears led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (67.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (39.6%) and fewest 3-pointers allowed (5.4 per game).
Individually, Jaylen Brown was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Pac-12. Freshman Ivan Rabb earned all-freshman, second-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Tournament honors, while Tyrone Wallace was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice and Stephen Domingo and Sam Singer earned Pac-12 All-Academic recognition.
Brown was taken with the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, and Wallace was chosen in the second round by the Utah Jazz.
Cal opens the 2016-17 season Nov. 11 when the Bears host South Dakota State at Haas Pavilion. Cal will also host an exhibition game at Haas on Thursday, Nov. 3 vs. Cal Baptist.

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LB Smith: High turnover rate is Raiders defense 'finding ways to compete'


LB Smith: High turnover rate is Raiders defense 'finding ways to compete'

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Raiders defense gave up 344 yards Sunday while beating the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That sum’s a season low, still way to many for Malcolm Smith. The Raiders weakside linebacker has higher standards, even after one of two solid defensive efforts in seven games.

“That’s still a lot of yards,” Smith said. “We’re not where we want to be.”

Just because Sunday was better doesn’t mean it’s good enough. The Raiders defense ranks last in yards allowed and 22nd in scoring defense at 25.6 points per game.

There’s a main reason why the Raiders aren’t dead last in both categories. Takeaways.

The Raiders have plundered the opposition this season 13 times in seven games. Special teams got one Sunday on a muffed punt, but the defense has been incredibly active stealing possession.

Reggie Nelson has a nose for the ball, with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Sean Smith and David Amerson have two picks each and Bruce Irvin leads the league with four forced fumbles.

Turnovers make all those yards allowed easy to stomach, and has kept the Raiders in several close games. The force big mistakes and don’t make many, proven with a plus-eight turnover ratio ranked No. 3 overall.

“It’s given us a chance to win some games, where you could just look at other statistics and say we wouldn’t have a chance.” Smith said. “That’s what the game is about, and us finding ways to compete. Hopefully we stay after it that way.”

The Raiders have stayed after it in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on just 50 percent of opponent trips inside their 20-yard line.

While big plays have brought wins and positivity to the defense, the season’s first half has been difficult for Raiders expecting more.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Smith said. “You come into the year with all these aspirations and things you want to do. When it doesn’t go your way you have to stay after it, keep putting the work in and know it’s not going to be wasted. Hopefully we’re making strides and those improvements will show on Sundays.”

The Raiders believe the defense is close to being good, and has done a solid job masking issues with takeaways and timely production.

“Our team has done a great job of competing to win games,” Smith said. “If we keep doing that, everything will be fine.”