Archive for Coaching

California 88, Washington 85 (3OT)

(Torrent is here; highlights of the final minutes of regulation and overtime are here, here, here & here; video tribute by danzig is here) Only watched the game on my Blackberry last Saturday, so didn’t get time to see it until an hour or so ago. Here are the notes I typed up while watching. […]

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Inside the Playbook: USC 44, Oregon 10

Thanks to tipsters that might or might not have originated from this page, we have obtained exclusive copy of Nick Allotti’s defensive plans for the USC game. Despite the seeming brilliance that lies from such a gameplan, the Ducks fell a little short. In order to avoid copyright issues, we have created our own renditions […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, October 6th, 2008

A Nonsensical Preview of Cal-Colorado State, With Beaver on the Side

For those looking for stream information, there is none yet. It is not looking good, and you might as well get the All-Access Pass and follow Starkey if you want a 100% chance at following the game. Bar locations are being updated as soon as I can find them (and the map’s open for anyone […]

Posted by: Avinash on Saturday, September 27th, 2008

We Are All Classless

Blogpoll remains the same. Come on guys, more input! One last Washington State topic before moving onto the Terps: The so-called classlessness of Jeff Tedford. Wait, WHAT? Even Cal fans might not remember it because they were too busy getting plastered over treesitter hysteria and other assorted madness. Let’s let CougCenter revisit this seeming non-starter. […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The OC (Frank Cignetti at Fresno State, Part II)

After about a month’s break since publishing Part I of the series, we’re going to dive back into the basic tenets of what we can expect from our new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. You’re getting all the nice political answers from Frank at Ted Miller’s blog, but here we’re going to dive into the trenches […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Them Shores Be Long: Pac-10 Quarterback Analysis, Part I

Part-time BN contributor Danzig wrote a killer post on CGB discussing the merits and demerits of Nate Longshore. There are a few parts I want to analyze and some other issues I’d like to expand upon, as I look across the state of Pac-10 QBs this week going into 2008. Passing efficiency: Also notice that […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, July 28th, 2008

The OC (Examining Frank Cignetti, Part I)

We’re inching towards kickoff–and by inching, I mean baseball season sucks. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be eyeing several key points of Cal’s 2008 season, culminating with the crucial quarterback battle. I’ll start by discussing our new offensive coordinator and what his playcalling and personality at Fresno State was like. Frank Cignetti’s […]

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, July 7th, 2008

Should College Athletes be Booed?

So I’m staring at pictures of 3-4 defenses, trying to dissect what exactly to expect from next year’s defensive them, when Hydrotech comes along and troutslaps me with these nuggets from the San Francisco meeting. *Tedford emphasized that no player on the team should ever get booed. The players are giving their best and have […]

Posted by: Avinash on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

No Stars, Better Team?

As spring moves along, we get the usual, upbeat note, after a season relegated to the Dark Ages. Sure enough, senior linebacker Zack Follett said he first noticed an uptick in the team’s mood even before spring ball. “Right when we hit the weight room,” he said. But this good vibe seems to transcend what […]

Posted by: Avinash on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Cal Sports Weekend Links

As much as I’d like to, I can’t report on everything…and for some reason, my auto weekly responder didn’t report the links I compiled last week. So here are spring links on Cal from a week ago. Mad Dog Blog – Mike Montgomery to Cal Berkeley! Mark Madsen has some preliminary thoughts. to mikemontgomery […]

Posted by: Avinash on Sunday, April 13th, 2008