Ray's Top 25: Stanford jumps


Ray's Top 25: Stanford jumps

Every week, our Senior Decider votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which of course makes all other opinions both superfluous and valueless (hey, dont say you never get your moneys worth here).

So here, after Week Two, is the world of college football, whether you like it or not. And if you dont, theres a new one next week you might like better.

RELATED: Ratto's Week Two rankings

1 Alabama Widened their advantage over the field to the point that the next ranked team should be No. 5 2 Florida State Boxed a nice set of ears in Wake Forest. 3 Oregon Having finished the Hostess Cakes portion of the schedule, they now get down to business. 4 LSU Idaho really is too beneath them. 5 Georgia Waiting for the other shoe to drop, but until it does . . . 6 Texas So. Mississippi is the lesser of the three Mississippis, but it's a Mississippi nonetheless. 7 Stanford David Shaw says he likes the school very much. He's about to find out how much is much. 8 Oklahoma Resting comfortably. 9 Notre Dame Navy, Purdue and Michigan State. All wins. Hard to argue so far. 10 Florida Tennessee was ranked by some folks. No more. 11 Ohio State Either Cal is better than we thought, or the Big Ten is exactly as bad as we think. 12 South Carolina East Carolina is still the best win. 13 UCLA Houston has been seen quite enough, thank you. 14 Clemson Florida State will tell us everything we need to know next week. 15 Kansas State Oklahoma is next, and unlike Missouri State, Miami or North Texas in every way. 16 Southern California Stanford didn't win, Stanford dominated. 17 Michigan State Notre Dame didn't win, Notre Dame dominated. 18 West Virginia Dana Holgerson said James Madison was a tougheropponent than Marshall. It wasn't. 19 Rutgers South Florida was a worthy win in a shrinking conference. 20 TCU I'm pretty noncommittal about this team. Well, most teams, in fact. 21 Mississippi State Moved up because Virginia Tech took the pipe. Other than that, not a lot to gush about either way. 22 Michigan Massachusetts. That's all. 23 Iowa State The conference schedule begins next week, and doesn't get easy until November 17. They do this, they're good. 24 Arizona Just making a cameo until Oregon gets hold of them. 25 Ohio Interchangeable with Louisville; their best wins were against disgraced Penn State and disgraced North Carolina.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe


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


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.