Jan. 25, 2011STANFORD PAGEScott Reiss and Matt Maiocco
Independent NFL and Stanford sources have told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that former 49ers linebackers coach Jason Tarver is the leading candidate to replace Vic Fangio as the Cardinals defensive coordinator.
Tarver spent the past 10 seasons with the 49ers, initially joining Steve Mariucci's staff in 2001 as offensive quality control coach. Dennis Erickson retained him in 2003 and '04, giving him a promotion to assistant running backsoffensive assistant.Mike Nolan kept Tarver on the 49ers' staff in 2005 as outside linebackerscoach, a position he held the past six seasons.Tarver earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Santa Clara in 1997. Healso earned his master's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology fromUCLA and received the departmental prize for distinguished teaching in 1998and 2000.
RELATED: 49ers announce Fangio hireFangio, who served as Stanford's defensive coordinator in 2010 under JimHarbaugh, accepted the same position on Harbaugh's 49ers' coaching staff.Fangio interviewed for the Cardinal's head-coaching position -- a job thatwent to former offensive coordinator David Shaw.REWIND: Stanford names Shaw head football coach
In other 49ers coaching news, assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown, aformer Pro Bowl player with the organization, accepted a similar positionwith the Carolina Panthers.Brown was slated to be the 49ers' third offensive line coach, along withMike Solari and Tim Drevno, had he chosen to remain with the 49ers.Also, former 49ers assistant special-teams coach Dave Fipp accepted theposition with the Miami Dolphins, a source told CSN.More details to follow as we continue to pursue this story.
Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.
To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look.
The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them.
Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.
After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.
The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”
Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland.
“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”
Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin.
“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”
Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.