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Concern for Cal, Stanford?

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Concern for Cal, Stanford?

Just dont you worry about yourcollegiate Bay Area football contingents. San Jose State and City College of San Francisco are going to be justfine.<p><a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0063&report=teamh... and <a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?yr=2012&report=teamhom... on the otherhand Im not quite as certain. Heres a brief scenario throughone mans wizened eyes.  <br><p><p>Stanford hadfinally started to get a few people to stroll across the street and attend a<p><div><div style="z-index: 777; float: right; clear: right; margin: 0; padding: 8px 0 8px 8px;"><img style="width: 180px; height: 259px;" src="http:www.csnbayarea.comcommonmedialib223873629.jpg" alt="NUNES_JOSH_STANFORD_VERTICAL_LARGE.jpg" alignment="right" border="0" hspace="" vspace=""><div><div>football game along about the time that Andrew Luck was thinking as much aboutthe NFL Combine and what suit he might choose to wear at the Heisman Trophypresentation. Things move a tad slowerdown that a way.  <p><p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">REWIND: <a href="http:www.csnbayarea.comncaanewsStanfords-defense-lifts-Cardinal-past-Sp?... defense lifts Cardinal past Spartans 20-17<a><span><br><p><p>So, now that the<a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0063&report=teamh... <a>has been discovered, and the expectations of the same ol steamrollerare firmly imbedded in the Stanford loyalists, its hopeful that they wontnotice that the quarterback, who made this team what it was,<a href="http:www.csnbayarea.comshowschronicle-live"> now resides inIndiana<a>.  And that, while all themechanical parts of this souped-up engine are bopping along relatively in tune,the guy behind the wheel is just getting his learners permit.<p><p>Stanford escaped on Saturday witha three-point victory over a <a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0044&report=teamh... Jose State<a> team that was determined to drivethe folks in Palo Alto off to hang themselves on the chain that holds their PhiBeta Kappa key. The bottom line is thatSan Jose is a lot better than people gave them any credit for and Stanford isstill very much a work in progress.<p><p> I feel pretty certain that bothteams will get better from here. <br><p><p>The<a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0044&report=teamh... will be near the top of the WAC in this last year before their move tothe Mountain West, and the Cardinal will have one more week with the trainingwheels on before they get into a demolition derby with the USC Trojans who comecalling on September 15. USC played mediocre football and still beat Hawaii 49 to 10 in their opener.  <p><p>So dont hang your heads ye fansof Stanford football. But try and wrapyourselves around the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl instead of anything with a flowerin the title.<p><p><p><div><div style="z-index: 777; float: left; clear: left; margin: 0; padding: 8px 8px 8px 0;"><img style="width: 186px; height: 277px;" src="http:www.csnbayarea.comcommonmedialib223873621.jpg" alt="tedford_jeff_large_vertical.jpg" alignment="left" border="0" hspace="" vspace=""><div><div>As to their rival cousins on theother side of the bay, they christened their new playground on Saturday and thenproceeded to throw up on the seesaw.<p><p><p>Ive been trying to put theCal-<a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0039&report=teamh... game in perspective since Saturday and Im still in the thinkingout loud stage.  Here are a couple ofgivens: <br><p><p> I dont think the Bears werelooking past Nevada toward their game against Southern Utah this week, and Idont believe they lost on purpose so that other teams in the Pac 12 would tendto take them lightly. Having eliminatedthose two scenarios, Im left with a couple of thoughts.  <p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http:www.csnbayarea.comncaanewsNevada-upset-ruins-Memorial-Stadium-open?... Nevada upset ruins Cal's Memorial Stadium opener<a><span><br><p><p>One is that its not easy to rebuild anoffensive line (see Stanford), and two, if youre going to open theseason against a team that runs a different kind of offense, it's best you dontselect a team whose coach invented the damn thing.  <br><p><p>And an that scored about amillion points against you the last time you tried to defend it, offense by the way. <p><p>Playing against Chris Aultspistol offense is like playing Madden Football against Madden. <br><p><p>I dont think Jeff Tedford overlooked howgood Nevada might be, but I think most of the Ol Blues did.  Like their neighbors on the farm, theyvegot a week to get it right before the guys in the big boy pants start liningup on the other side.<p><p>My thought about the Bears thisyear was that they had to win the games the are supposed to win, and try andsnatch at least one game that theyre <span style="font-style: italic;">not<span> supposed to win.<p><p>I think in view of the newfacility, a sellout crowd, and the expectations of a new era, this was one theywere supposed to win.<p><p>Now, can they get two thattheyre not supposed to win? Im not sosure.<p><p> <p>

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

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Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

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The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
 
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
 
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
 
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
 
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
 
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.