For a supposedly poor public school, Cal does tend to throw a lot of money around at athletics. Over $300 million went into the anticlimactic opening of the Memorial Stadium – an opening that featured a lazy Cal team that lost to an almost-as-pitiful Nevada team. Eight losses and two 40-point blowouts later, athletic director Sandy Barbour decided to rip up ex-head coach Jeff Tedford’s contract – despite the three years and almost $7 million remaining on it. And a little more than two weeks after the end of the teddy bear reign, Barbour has decided to throw the collective tuition of the entire freshman class at a new coach.
Who’s the new guy, you all ask? We guarantee you wouldn’t guess his name – Sonny Dykes. Let that sink in for just a second. The Chicago Bears famously claimed in 2007 that they couldn’t hope to win the Super Bowl with a coach named “Lovie” Smith, so you can imagine how the Cal football team is going to react to the announcement. Not that they’ll all be around to hear it – Keenan Allen, the best receiver in Cal history, declared that he’s bolting for the NFL when he heard the name.
On the bright side, the promising recruit Zach Kline will be taking over for his disappointing Zach counterpart at quarterback next season. And Dykes – he should really have a laugh track ready at his introductory press conference tomorrow – ran an offense at Louisiana Tech that averaged the same number of points that it took three games for Tedford’s gang to get.
Since the word on the street is that Chancellor-designate Dirks has shaved his trademark unibrow upon his appointment, maybe we might see Dykes pull off some of the same magic by tomorrow.
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Unless you’ve been stuck in the basement of Etcheverry for a matter of months, you know that the brand-spanking-new Memorial Stadium is playing host to our football team from here on out. The presumed hope was that the shiny new arena would somehow increase the level of play from the somewhat disappointing record of last season. With Saturday’s 22-point beatdown in Salt Lake City, many are calling for the dismissal of the man at the helm – Jeff Tedford.
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Not everyone who attends Cal lives on campus. Some of us are actually commuters to this lovely school of ours. Now it’s true that students who live on campus do get access to a variety of interesting experiences just by living near it. However, we commuters can also get our own dose of Cal in unique ways even when we’re off campus. So when we were on our way to school one day, in the freeway change from I-680 to CA 24 W near Walnut Creek, we got to notice something distinctly Cal-related: a striking billboard advertising our football team.
On the billboard, there is a picture of one of our players telling us in assertive bold capital letters “I’LL SEE YOU AT MEMORIAL STADIUM” with a look on his face indicating that we made a pretty serious commitment to see him and probably shouldn’t flake. Understandably, as an advertisement, the football player’s words are just something we automatically shrug off. But after seeing the billboard, we began to wonder, what would he do if we didn’t show up to memorial stadium? More importantly, what if the next day on our way to school, instead of the football player’s normal message to us, stood an entirely different billboard with a reaction to us not showing up?
Below is an artistic representation of what we believe would be there the following day.
Immediately, we started to feel pretty horrible about the thought of this actually playing out. Thankfully, all of this is just our imagination running wild. After all, we are rather confident in our belief that we didn’t utterly devastate the day of a Cal Bears football player … At least, we hope.
Image sources: Matt Espineli, Daily Cal and Dylan Stephanides
While Memorial Stadium is getting ready to debut its sparkly new self this fall, some people are polishing up the bits it shed along the way to sell to the public. read more »
Sorry, football fans, but it looks as if this Saturday’s game against Washington will be the last in Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium until 2012 football season. The culprit is, unsurprisingly, earthquake renovation and seismic-retrofit.
The 2011 season, then, will have all its games in San Francisco at the San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park. Besides the fact that it is a mission to get to, the relocation of games means a major loss of business for a lot of restaurants and hotels in Berkeley.
With this in mind, envisioning next year’s football games is sort of difficult — not that we were all that involved with football in the first place. But really, how are all the football shenanigans going to go down? Will students still head over to the frats or whatnot for pre-gaming then drunkenly invade the BART by the thousands before somehow finally making it home? Football games are exhausting enough as it is! Luckily this situation only lasts one season, and will make later visits to Memorial Stadium a lot safer.
We can power through this, Bears!
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Last home game until 2012 poses economic questions [Berkeleyside]
This is a little old, but with the Giants-Phillies series tied at 1-1, it might be, uh, even more relevant (?!) now: Our good ol’ buddy John Yoo thinks that Phillies baseball is more worthy of the label “torture” than Giants baseball. (Former Daily Cal-er) Joe Eskenazi disagrees. [SF Weekly]
AHH BIG GUNS! MEMORIAL STADIUM! PICTURES OF BIG GUNS IN MEMORIAL STADIUM! URBAN SHIELD 2010!!!! [Daily Cal]
Cal football needs to put up some better stats. Stat! Groan. [Extra Points]
A trio of muggings at gunpoint, a trio of things to make you nervous walking home at night. What else is new? [CBS5], via SFist
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Surely y’all remember the tree-sitters (with celebs like Tristan Anderson, the memory isn’t likely to fade that fast)—but maybe some of you have forgotten what all the hullabaloo was about in the first place.
Well, it all began once upon a time with the construction of a sports training center neighboring Memorial Stadium. That structure, for all the insanity its saga wrought, is currently on schedule for completion next summer.
However! Tomorrow could serve up a monkey wrench in the form of the California Oak Foundation, the final contender of three organizations (also including the Panoramic Hills Association and the City of Berkeley itself) that originally opposed the project. A hearing in the San Francisco Court of Appeal will allow the group to conclusively make their case.
Considering all the trees are tragically dead and gone, we were, at first, a bit perplexed as to what exactly was motivating the Foundation to appeal the 2008 ruling that allowed construction to carry on. Apparently, they’re concerned that “the project wasn’t adequately studied under state earthquake zoning and environmental laws,” and all our lives might be in grave danger.
On the whole, it’s very considerate of them.
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SF Court To Hear Challenge To UC Berkeley Sports Center Wednesday [SF Appeal]
Are you tired of looking at the construction mess that is Dwinelle? Do you walk by feeling that its state of perpetual disarray is in some way a metaphor for your college experience?
Unfortunately, there are no real solutions to that problem.
In fact, there will be even more construction around our Berkeley campus. The powers of UC just approved money for a revamp of Memorial Stadium, in addition to the construction of a building called the Helios Energy Research Facility (or HERF, as we hope it will be nicknamed), which will be home to the Energy Biosciences Institute.
Memorial Stadium will stay where it is, but it needs to be retrofitted and renovated. (It is, for lack read more »
If you thought the drama over at Memorial Stadium ended when the last oak fell, then get this: Stadium seats are now going for as much as $225,000 a piece. And we don’t mean you actually get to take the seat home with you either.
Ninety thousand dollars will get you four memberships to the “University Club,” which includes 50-year rights to your seat, on-campus parking on game days, free food and drinks, and cup holders. Your family can even inherit the seat if you don’t happen to make it for the next 50 years. read more »
As promised, the Clog is giving you the low-down on a preview of the kick-off for massive fund raising effort for Cal football.
Cal dreams of expanding the school’s $50 million sports endowment to a whopping $1 billion in the next 30 years. Criminy. Before you start creating your “1,000,000 strong for keeping UC fees down” Facebook groups, worry not–Cal plans to hit up the wealthiest among us as their first step to big, fat checks. And what faster way towards $1 billion than a little piece of property in the Cal stadium? We’re talking individual seats for up to $225,000 each. As usual, these monied football fans’ first-class section includes complimentary food, parking (a privelege for which most Berkeleyans would give up their first-born) and lounge access. read more »