Source: Cal sports' future could be learned Friday

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Source: Cal sports' future could be learned Friday

Feb. 2, 2011

COLLEGE PAGE

CSNBayArea.com staff

A decision on the fate of five sports designated to be cut at Cal could come as early as Friday, according to a source close to the situation.

The self-imposed deadline of Monday was pushed back on Tuesday when athletic director Sandy Barbour announced in an e-mail that the university expected "to have a final decision within the next 10 days."

A copy of an e-mail sent Wednesday night to supporters of Save Cal Sports, a group of alumni and supporters of Bears athletics, was obtained byCSNBayArea.com.

It stated that they were within "striking distance"regarding the funding needed to reinstate the five sports.

Baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and lacrosse will be forced to shut down at the end of this school year if a 25 million fundraising target is not met.

Save Cal Sports has reportedly raised more than 16 million.

The following is the e-mail sent to supporters of Save Cal Sports:

Thank you to all of you for your inspired and ongoing support for the reinstatement of all five recently cut Cal sports. We are within striking distance and I am confident that we will soon celebrate reinstatement together as a Cal community!We still need every single bit of financial support possible to make reinstatement a near-term reality. Please keep spreading the word and leave no stone unturned. Let it be known that this effort does not end with reinstatement as we have a larger need for lifetime endowment of all athletic programs at Cal.However, this is also about something much bigger than any individual sports program. This is about the overall health of the University of California as a whole. Those of us fortunate enough to have attended Cal know the importance and lifelong value of our academic and athletic experiences; we need to be proactive in our defense of what weve enjoyed and work fervently to preserve these opportunities for future generations of Bears.We need to be a shining example to the state of California- we can indeed come to the aid of our ailing University and ensure a strong and certain future for our preeminent institution of higher learning. During these difficult economic times, we can and will prove that Cal produces leaders; we will not ask may we but we will instead say WE WILL FIND THE WAY.California is the 8th largest economy in the world; we have a grave responsibility to the United States, but also to the world. ANY CUTS at Cal diminish our ability to accept this responsibility and be the leaders capable of effecting the change we wish to see in the world.Please continue to move forward deliberately and be a part of the solution. Help honor Cals past, present and future. We will earn reinstatement! GO BEARS!

Raiders 2017 UDFA tracker: McKenzie mining for more gold in new crop

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Raiders 2017 UDFA tracker: McKenzie mining for more gold in new crop

ALAMEDA – The Raiders have had great success mining gold from undrafted free agency. Jalen Richard and Darius Latham were kings of last year’s crop, which was six strong by season’s end. with Seth Roberts and Denico Autry other examples of undrafted free agents done good in recent years.

Can Raiders scouts find more helpful pieces from those left out of the NFL draft? Time will tell on that one, but finding the right undrafted players is something the team takes seriously. Scouts revel in undrafted players who make it in the league.

“It’s very rewarding,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “If we sign him as a free agent, we may have had him on the board as draftable, but getting guys post draft, that helps you down the road. To maintain a consistent winner, you have to hit on some of those guys. You have to. The way that the contracts are these days, you have to have some of those type players to help you win football games year in and year out.”

The Raiders will search for those players into Saturday evening to fill the 90-man roster. McKenzie secured some of his top targets with four seventh-round picks, though several more have signed with the club. Here’s a list of those who have signed with the team thus far:

-- OL Jordan Simmons, USC: The hulking offensive lineman signed with the Raiders, he announced on social media. Simmons stands 6-foot-5 and 335 pounds, and will turn pro after being denied a sixth year of college eligibility. The talented guard had an injury-riddled career.

-- WR Isaac Whitney, USC: Whitney is yet another undrafted Trojan to join the Raiders roster. He announced the signing on social media. He didn’t have many college stats, but is fast with the size the Raiders prefer in outside receivers.

-- WR Keon Hatcher, Arkansas: Hatcher will reportedly join the offseason receiver group in hopes of taking a roster spot. He had 44 catches for 743 yards and eight touchdowns in his final college season. (Houston Chronicle)

-- WR Ishmael Zamora, Baylor: The Bears official website reported that Zamora will sign with the Silver and Black. He had63 catches for 809 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. He was suspended three games for abusing a dog in an incident that was caught on video. 

-- S Ahmad Thomas, Oklahoma: The Raiders need safety depth, so it was smart of Thomas to sign in Oakland. He was a three-year starter and a team captain. (Houston Chronicle)

-- S Anthony Cioffi, Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights’ official Twitter account reported a four-year starter in college will give the pros a try in Oakland.

-- DT Jordan Wade, Oklahoma: The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle will join the Raiders. (SoonerScoop.com)

-- TE Pharaoh Brown, Oregon: The Ducks didn’t have a single player drafted, but Brown will join the Silver and Black. The tight end announced a signing on Twitter. He had 33 catches for 426 yards and five touchdown.

Check back for further updates...

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

49ers 2017 UDFA tracker: Southern Miss QB reportedly agrees to terms

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are reportedly adding a fourth quarterback to their 90-man roster.

Nick Mullens a four-year starter at Southern Mississippi, agreed to terms with the 49ers after the conclusion of the Saturday’s NFL draft, he told the Hattiesburg American.

As a senior, Mullens completed 65.5 percent of his passes for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Mullens joins a quarterback group that includes starter Brian Hoyer, backup Matt Barkley and third-round draft pick C.J. Beathard.

Other reported 49ers free-agent agreements include:

--RB Matt Breida, Georgia Southern: In three seasons at Georgia Southern, Breida rushed for 3,740 yards and 37 touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards a carry. (Tampa Bay Times)

--OL Erik Magnuson, Michigan: Magnuson (6-6, 305) was a first-team All-Big Ten performer who started every game at right tackle. He announced on Twitter that he has agreed to terms with the 49ers.

--WR Kendrick Bourne, Eastern Washington: He caught 211 passes for 3,130 yards and 27 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bourne (6-1, 203) had his best season as a senior, with 79 receptions for 1,201 yards and seven touchdowns. Eastern Washington announced Bourne’s three-year contract.

--OT Darrell Williams Jr., Western Kentucky: Williams (6-5, 315) started 41 games. He played his final two seasons at right tackle after moving from right guard. Western Kentucky announced the contract agreement with the 49ers.

--WR KD Cannon, Baylor: Cannon caught 195 passes for 3,113 and 27 touchdowns in his three-year career. He turned pro after a junior season in which he caught 87 passes for 1,215 yards and 13 touchdowns. He announced his contract agreement with the 49ers via Twitter.

--DB Lorenzo Jerome, Saint Francis (PA): Jerome, a Senior Bowl invite, was named first-team FCS All-American. He intercepted six passes in 2016 with 59 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 11 pass break-ups. He added a touchdown on a kickoff return. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

--LB Jimmie Gilbert, Colorado (Denver Post)

--OL J.P. Flynn, Montana (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--DE Noble Nwachukwu, West Virginia (NEPatriotsdraft.com)

--TE Cole Hikutini, Louisville (NFL Network)

--LB Donavin Newsom, Missouri (Columbia Daily Tribune)

--WR Victor Bolden, Oregon State (Bolden via Twitter)