For a supposedly poor public school, Cal does tend to throw a lot of moneyDykes Come(s) To Berkeley 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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The California Golden Bears are back in a bowl game this year! Specifically, the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.cal bears football

When: Wednesday, December 28, 5 p.m. PST.

Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego and on every faithful Bear’s TV screen.

What to watch: The Bears rolling on over the University of Texas Longhorns. What precisely is a “longhorn”? According to our good friend Wiki, it’s “a fatbreed of cattle known for its characteristic horns.” Cows versus Bears? This shouldn’t be a problem. read more »


oskiAfter last week’s inept play against UCLA, do you really wanna see some Cal football today?

Hell yes you do!

So what if they’ve lost four of the last five games? And so what if quarterback Zach Maynard – the same guy who threw a total of seven interceptions in their last two losses – will be starting again this week? And so what if it’s gonna be colder than a Stanford student’s heart in an Arctic winter? … Wow, these aren’t very encouraging words. How about this: The Bears are playing a team that is slightly worse than they are, meaning that you might actually witness a rare-ish win!

And since you’ll already be across the bay, you can read more »


usc scaryLooking for an extremely last-second costume that’ll scare the sh*t out of some student-athletes? Just wear a USC or UCLA jersey.

This Halloween weekend was completely horrifying for Cal athletics. The most obvious was the ghoulish collapse by the football team in a 31-14 loss at the Rose Bowl. Bears quarterback Zach Maynard managed to surpass his gruesome play against USC a couple of weeks ago – where he threw three interceptions – by throwing four interceptions to UCLA. To be fair, read more »