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Spartan football hungry for a win against UC Davis

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Spartan football hungry for a win against UC Davis

Following SJSUs near upset of Stanford last Friday night at Stanford Stadium, head coach Mike MacIntyre said in no way shape or form was the 20-17 loss a moral victory for the team.Saturday, the Spartans will look to dip into the win column in their home opener against UC Davis, a Division I FCS team playing its first season in the Big Sky Conference. UC Davis, however, defeated SJSU 14-13 in the last meeting between the schools in 2010.MacIntyre said the key to Saturdays game for the Spartans is to stop an Aggies passing game led by junior quarterback Randy Wright that heavily aided in toppling SJSU in 2010.We need to rush the passer, we have been working a lot with the defensive line, he said. Last week we worked on stopping the run more. This week is kind of reverse.Wright, a freshman in 2010, engineered a UC Davis comeback in that game by throwing for 145 yards and a touchdown, one of two second-half touchdowns that led to the Aggies victory in Spartan Stadium.MacIntyre wants to make sure Wright doesnt hurt the Spartans again.We cant give him too much time too often, he said. Theyre going to move the ball a little bit. Their quarterback does a good job. Were going to have to get into the end zone more often.He added that between the close loss to Stanford and the upset by UC Davis two years ago, the team is itching for a win.I hope theyre starving. I am, he said. I feel like the players are definitely starving to do it. Davis came up here and beat us two years ago, they can definitely 100-percent beat us again.Week one against Stanford did not produce quality numbers from the Spartan running game. SJSU gained just 72 yards on the ground compared to Stanfords 155. MacIntyre said it is always beneficial to get a good running game going, but said he is confident enough that his passing game can carry a large bulk of the load, hopefully leading to open lanes for his running backs.We are (going to try and run) but also our receivers, our tight ends are good and if you can complete some passes, it backs people off and you are able to run the ball better, he said.The Spartan passing game is led by junior quarterback David Fales, who finished an impressive performance at Stanford with 216 yards on 24-of-35 passing and a touchdown. Fales, however, is not the only quarterback SJSU plans to use on Saturday.Sophomore back-up quarterback Blake Jurich led the Spartans in rushing with 35 yards on six carries against Stanford. Jurich, used primarily in the wildcat formation, will be a part of the offensive game plan MacIntyre said he will continue to call.Blake is going to continue to play; he is a mainstay in our offense, MacIntyre said.The rest of the Spartans' ground game personnel will be called by platoon, MacIntyre said. Senior DeLeon Eskridges name was called most against Stanford, carrying the ball 11 times. Senior Ina Liaina and sophomore Tyler Ervin each had two carries in the game as well.MacIntyre said he has not made up who will receive the most carries against UC Davis.Well see who has the hot hand, see whos doing well, he said.MacIntyre wants to see his team come out more aggressive than in the Stanford game. The Spartans scored just a field goal in the first half then scored on each of their first two second-half possessions to tie the game late in the third quarter.We didnt start fast last week, we have to do that coming out of the first quarter, MacIntyre said.
Ron Gleeson will cover San Jose State football for Comcast SportsNet all season. Follow him on Twitter @rtgleeson.

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.