Spartans rout Colorado State 40-20


Spartans rout Colorado State 40-20

SJSU accomplished its goal of both starting fast and finishing strong Saturday night with a 40-20 win over Colorado State. What happened between the beginning and end, however, may still an area of concern for the Spartans.The Spartans scored on their first two possessions of the game and then outscored Colorado State 27-7 in the second half but fizzled in the second quarter and early in the fourth quarter to allow the Rams to get back into the game despite the early 14-point Spartan lead.We started off fast then let them come back, head coach Mike MacIntyre said following the game. They schemed a couple things but we got it fixed and it did not hurt us again. That is the great thing about having a great staff and a lot of veterans.A flurry of late fourth-quarter scores, however, gave SJSU the win and its first 2-1 record since the 2008 season. With the score at 27-20 early in the fourth quarter after allowing a touchdown following a break for Rams after a ball punted by SJSU touched one of its own players on the punt team, the Spartans started pouring it on.The first fourth-quarter score came on a trick play pass from junior wide receiver Kyle Nunn to junior Chandler Jones. Nunn received the handoff from junior quarterback David Fales and started on an end around then pulled up and fired to a wide open Jones, who found the end zone thanks to a much-needed downfield lock from Noel Grigsby. The touchdown made the score 33-20 with 9:39 left in the game.That play reassured everyone that we had momentum, Jones said. We had to keep fighting tonight and we had to dominate. That play was reassuring to our offense.After a three-and-out by Colorado State, SJSU found the end zone for the final time in the game with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Fales to Jones at the 7:56 mark in the fourth.(Coach MacIntyre) always emphasizes that we need to have killer instinct, that we have to be consistent with our offenses attack, Fales said about the 51-yard touchdown to seal the victory. That is how we got that touchdown.On their first possession of the game after receiving the opening kickoff, the Spartans came out nearly as aggressive as they possibly could have. SJSU methodically moved the ball down the field using both the pass and run while putting all of its offensive tools on display including junior backup quarterback Blake Jurich out of the wildcat. The eight-play, 83 yard drive was capped by a 25-yard touchdown pass from Fales to Grigsby.After forcing a punt on Colorado States first drive of the game, SJSU came right back and continued to apply early pressure against the Rams. The first play of SJSUs second drive of the game resulted in a 51-yard pass from Fales to Grigsby, the longest pass play of the season by the Spartans. Fales completed another pass, this time to Nunn, and then the SJSU run game took over. A 10-yard run from sophomore Tyler Ervin gave SJSU a 14-0 lead with 4:31 left in the first quarter.That really got us going and gave our offense a lot of confidence, MacIntyre said about the two early first-quarter scores. Colorado State came back but we kept on going.It was a gallant effort by everyone. We battled back and have been able to go at it the first three game but there is No say die on this team.SJSU, however, then seemed to let its foot off the gas just slightly and allowed Colorado State to crawl back with two touchdowns of its own in the second quarter. After starting their drive at their own 21 yard line. Three straight completions by Grayson and then a 16 yard run by Grayson delivered the Rams another touchdown. A fourth quarter touchdown pass from Garret Grayson to Charles Lovett also showed that the Rams still had life in the game but ended up being too little too late. Grigsby, Jones and Jabari Carr all finished with more than 100 yards receiving Saturday night. Jones led all receivers with 133 yards on six catches and was tied with Carr at two touchdown receptions apiece.The man who delivered them the ball, Fales, had an incredible game himself. Fales finished with 370 yards passing on 27-of-34 passes and three touchdowns.I have not coached anyone who has had such a great start to their major college career, MacIntyre said. Our receivers catch everything that is throw to them.Junior middle linebacker Vince Buhagiar, who led all Spartans with 11 tackles said it always feels good to win but tonights win will only be shortly celebrated.It feels great but we understand that this is oneweek and tomorrow, we will make our corrections and come in and prep for San Diego State.MacIntyre had similar comments to Buhagiars regarding Saturdays win.We will enjoy the win tonight, then get back and beat San Diego State, he said. They are a fellow CSU and this game is a big deal for us. We are excited about this rivalry and we will go out and give it all we got.
Ron Gleeson will cover San Jose State football for Comcast SportsNet all season. Follow him on Twitter @rtgleeson.

Cal promotes Wyking Jones as next head men's basketball coach


Cal promotes Wyking Jones as next head men's basketball coach

BERKELEY – Wyking Jones, who has served the past two seasons as a Golden Bear assistant coach and has nearly 15 years of experience in collegiate coaching, has agreed to become the next men's basketball coach at the University of California. Over the course of his career, he has been a part of teams that have won a national championship and advanced to a pair of Final Fours, set all-time win records and been conference-leading defensive units.

"I am very excited to announce Wyking Jones as our next men's basketball coach at Cal," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "We conducted a thorough search, looking near and far and talking to people all around the country. We consulted with several Cal basketball alumni, as well as a multiple NBA and college coaches – some of the most experienced basketball minds in the game. Ultimately, we came back to where we started and found what we wanted right here in Berkeley.

"Wyking exudes all of the characteristics we want in a head coach," Williams added. "He is a person of high character who understands what it takes to thrive on and off the court. He has an affinity for Cal and its values, he has developed strong relationships with the student-athletes he coaches, and he has experienced success at the highest levels of the sport. Over the two years he has been in Berkeley, we have seen without a doubt that Wyking can coach, teach and be a leader of young men. We fully believe our men's basketball program is on an upward trajectory, and Wyking is poised to continue that momentum and take our program to even greater heights."

A California native who grew up in Inglewood, Jones played for and graduated from Loyola Marymount. Following a brief professional career, his coaching stops have taken him to Louisville, New Mexico and Pepperdine, in addition to his alma mater. Jones has mentored over a half-dozen current NBA players, including Cal's Jaylen Brown, who was the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

While an assistant coach at Cal, Jones helped the Bears to a combined 44-24 record and reach the postseason twice. In 2015-16, Cal finished 23-11 overall, third in the Pac-12 and received a No. 4 seed to the NCAA Tournament – the highest in the history of the program. This past year, the Bears posted a 21-13 mark and earned a berth to the National Invitation Tournament.

Charged with coaching Cal's big men, Jones helped forward Ivan Rabb become a two-time All-Pac-12 performer and Brown earn All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in 2015-16. In addition, center Kingsley Okoroh, who will return for his senior season next year, set a school record with 74 blocks this past season.

Over his two years at Cal, the Bears' defense has led the Pac-12 in points per game and field goal percentage allowed both seasons – 67.3 ppg and 39.6 percent in 2015-16 and 63.4 ppg and 40.0 percent in 2016-17.

Jones' connections to the Bay Area run deep as his wife Estrella was born and raised in Berkeley and his sister-in-law, Dr. Na'ilah Suad Nasir, serves as UC Berkeley's Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and has been a Cal faculty member since 2008.

"I am extremely excited to be taking over at Cal as the new men's basketball head coach," Jones said. "To be able to lead this incredible group of men is a dream come true for me. When I left Louisville and decided to come home to California, I was stepping out on faith, but I knew in my heart this was where I needed to be. Coach Martin left an unbelievable foundation for the program and we will work hard to continue to elevate Cal basketball. I want fans to know that I'm excited to coach these guys, not only for what they can do on the court but to continue to cultivate them as young men."

Jones enjoyed tremendous success at his stops prior to moving to Cal. During his four seasons under head coach Rick Pitino at Louisville from 2012-15, the Cardinals compiled a 123-30 record, reached two Final Fours and captured the 2013 NCAA title. Louisville also completed the 2014-15 season with a 27-9 record, advancing to the regional final.

Prior to Louisville, Jones served two seasons on the coaching staff at New Mexico with then-head coach Steve Alford where the Lobos won a combined 52 games, including a school-record 30-victory campaign in 2009-10, finishing with a No. 8 ranking in the Associated Press national poll.

From 2002-06, Jones spent five seasons at Pepperdine where he was the Waves' recruiting coordinator. He got his start in coaching at his alma mater, Loyola Marymount, during the 1996-97 season. In addition, Jones served as the travel team manager for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) from 2006-09.

As a student-athlete, Jones was a standout at LMU from 1991-95 under head coach John Olive, scoring 1,076 points and collecting 493 rebounds. He was a two-time All-West Coast Conference selection, highlighted by a 19.7 ppg average as a junior. Jones earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Loyola Marymount in 1995.

Following graduation, Jones played professional basketball from 1995-2001 in Italy, France, Japan, Lebanon and South Korea. He also served on the staff at Nike Elite Youth Basketball four two years from 2007-08. Jones and his wife, Estrella, have a son, Jameel and a daughter, Zoe.

What They're Saying …

"I'm ecstatic about the news. Coach Wyking is great with the players, knows his spots and gives us the confidence to go out there without looking over our shoulders." – freshman guard Charlie Moore

"I was recruited by Coach Wyking when I was first looking at schools. We were two California guys in Kentucky who started out as rivals but remained close. I saw him being able to do great things, and to start his head coaching career with him as my head coach is the best thing I could picture happening. Having him as my head coach now is one of the best things I could ever see." – senior forward Marcus Lee

"Wyking is a five-star recruiter, a five-star coach and a five-star person. I'm so happy for him and his family." – Louisville head coach Rick Pitino

Wyking Jones Year-by-Year

Fulltime Assistant Coach

Year     School Record Postseason

2016-17          California         21-13  NIT (1st round)

2015-16          California         23-11  NCAA (1st round)

2014-15          Louisville          27-9    NCAA (Elite Eight)

2013-14          Louisville          31-6    NCAA (Sweet 16)

2012-13          Louisville          35-5    NCAA (Champion)

2011-12          Louisville          30-10  NCAA (Final Four)

2010-11          New Mexico     22-13  NIT (2nd round)

2009-10          New Mexico     30-5    NCAA (2nd round)

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Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job


Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.

Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.

"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."

The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.

Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.