Spartan defense wins another award


Spartan defense wins another award

Another SJSU defensive player has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Safety Cullen Newsome is the newest Spartan added to the list, which now stands at five on the season.Newsome, a senior from Roseville, Calif., recorded a season-high 10 tackles and also intercepted a pass in the Spartans 31-20 win over Texas State on Saturday.We talked about how we was going to have to make a lot of individual tackles in the option, head coach Mike MacIntyre said about Newsomes preparation for Texas States tricky option offense. He made a lot of open field tackles and read eyes very well and was able to make a pick. He played a phenomenal game and Im extremely proud of Cullen.Newsomes interception came on Texas States opening drive of the second half while SJSU trailed 20-17. The SJSU defense held the Bobcats scoreless in the second half and limited them to just 98 yards in the final two quarters. I think it was a huge part in getting momentum back and finally proving our adjustments were working, Newsome said after the win. It helped the team realize that once it gets fixed its easy to stop.Newsome joins linebacker Vince Buhagiar, cornerback Bene Benwikere and defensive end Travis Johnson as Spartans recognized with the defensive award this season. INJURY REPORT Sophomores running back Tyler Ervin (right shoulder) and linebacker Derek Muaava (right knee) were hurt in Saturdays win and did not return to the game. Ervin underwent an MRI Monday and Muaava is scheduled to have an MRI done Tuesday.MacIntyre has ruled Muaava out for this Saturdays game at Idaho. We are not sure of the extent yet, he said. Theyre going to let the swelling go down first. He just made a cut and his knee gave out.Ervin, the teams main kick returner and part-time running back, suffered his injury in the first quarter of the Texas State game after breaking a 32-yard run to set up an SJSU field goal. That play was the longest play of his from scrimmage this season.If we lose those guys theyll be big losses, MacIntyre said. Well miss them if they cant play but we have to find guys to step in and play thats part of having a good football team.

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.