UCLA and Cal athletics: Financial reports paint gloomy pictures, add context (for both) to the Big Ten situation
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by Jon Wilner
1w ago
UCLA and Cal have wrapped up their revenue-and-expense reports for the 2022 fiscal year, as required by the NCAA. The numbers, both eye-opening and entirely predictable, provide an epilogue to the drama that played out over five months with the University of California Board of Regents, the so-called Berkeley tax, the lure of the Big Ten and the future of the Pac-12. On the surface, the Bears appear to be in far better shape than their sister school and would have little need for a subsidy from UCLA imposed by the regents. One layer down, clarity emerges, and UC politics are more easily unders ..read more
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Cal, Stanford unveil football schedules for next fall
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by Michael Nowels
1w ago
Stanford and Cal both released their 2023 football schedules Wednesday morning as the Pac-12 unveiled its plan for the fall. The Bears and Cardinal will play each other the weekend before Thanksgiving, as they have in recent years, including last season’s 27-20 Cal victory. Stanford coach Troy Taylor, the former Bears quarterback and Sacramento State head coach, will take the field for the first time on Friday, Sept. 1 at Hawaii. He’s taking over for David Shaw, the Cardinal’s record-holder for most wins as a head coach after going 96-54 in 11 seasons. The Cardinal opens conference play the fo ..read more
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Hotline mailbag: Peeking at the ’23 schedules, expansion timeline, buyer’s remorse in L.A.(?) and loads more
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by Jon Wilner
2w ago
The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Please note: Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. The dates of the 2023 conference games haven’t been finalized, but the opponents for each team are known. Do you agree that Utah has the toughest out-of-conference schedule and Oregon has the toughest in-conference schedule? — Jon Joseph Sure, you could make the case for Utah, which plays Florida at home, Baylor on the road and Weber State. Anytime two of the three opponents are P ..read more
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Cal football: Bears go back to transfer portal to land quarterback
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by Alex Simon
2w ago
Cal once again dipped into the transfer portal to find its solution at the quarterback position. The Bears will add quarterback Sam Jackson V at the start of the spring semester, with the third-year sophomore coming over from former Cal head coach Sonny Dykes’ new school, TCU. “Sam is a young and talented athlete who is developing rapidly as a quarterback,” Cal head coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement. “We are excited to get him started in our program and continue to accelerate his development.” Related Articles College Sports | Football recruiting: McClymonds star running back chooses C ..read more
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Steph Curry shares message with Cal women’s basketball after Bears fall to No. 2 Stanford
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by Madeline Kenney
2w ago
Stephen Curry stopped by the Cal women’s basketball team’s locker room Sunday night to share some words of encouragement after its narrow loss to No. 2 Stanford. “You have to believe you’re getting better,” Curry told the group, according to a video shared on Twitter by Associated Press reporter Janie McCauley. “Eventually you’ll get into a game and look at each other like, ‘We’re here.’ … Maintain that patience and perseverance throughout all these growing pains and it’ll pay off.” After delivering a message, Curry also received another jersey to add to his collection. Cal’s Jayda Curry prese ..read more
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Hotline mailbag: SMU’s value in expansion, Fresno State’s future, ASU’s revenue edge, Cal’s woes and more
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by Jon Wilner
3w ago
The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Please note: Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. It has long been held that the biggest impediment to Pac-12 success in the College Football Playoff is defensive line play. What options are out there for recruiting top talent at that position? Is opening new recruiting areas a consideration in Pac-12 expansion? — @jlahaye76 It is, and we can answer that question with three letters: S-M-U. The conference is seriously considering ..read more
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Hotline mailbag: Pac-12 leadership, Amazon’s purchasing options, timing for media rights, Utah’s future, WSU’s staff turnover and more
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by Jon Wilner
1M ago
The Hotline mailbag is published every Friday. Send questions to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline. Please note: Some questions have been edited for clarity and brevity. Almost everyone agrees the Pac-12 needs to expand for long-term viability. Why should we have any confidence Pac-12 leadership will actually do it, as opposed to hoping things will magically go back to the way they were? — @bogeycat85 This cuts to the root of the existential crisis facing the Pac-12: Will Commissioner George Kliavkoff and the university presidents make the right decisions w ..read more
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Cal football: Bears add offensive depth on signing day, but lose starting QB Plummer to transfer portal
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by Jeff Faraudo
1M ago
BERKELEY — Cal added 14 players on national football signing day and welcomed back veteran offensive lineman Matthew Cindric. But the Bears also said goodbye to starting quarterback Jack Plummer, who entered the transfer portal. Plummer threw 21 touchdowns in his lone season with the Bears while operating behind a sub-par offensive line. Coach Justin Wilcox declined to comment directly on Plummer’s status during his Zoom news conference announcing the Bears’ recruiting class. But he hinted that the one-time Purdue player would be moving on while also referencing backup redshirt sophomore Kai M ..read more
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And it’s done: UC Regents approve UCLA’s move to the Big Ten while Cal awaits a subsidy and the Pac-12 turns the page
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by Jon Wilner
1M ago
The University of California’s Board of Regents debated UCLA’s fate over the course of five consecutive months and five different meetings following the school’s midsummer decision to abandon the Pac-12 in favor of the Big Ten. In the end, the governing board declined Wednesday to stop a core member from leaving the West’s pre-eminent athletic conference, sending the key players on their merry way with parting gifts of varying appeal: — The Bruins get to join the Big Ten as planned, along with USC, in the summer of 2024. — Cal is positioned to receive a multi-million-dollar subsidy, courtesy o ..read more
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The Pac-12 top 10: Key storylines from a wild week of staff hires, player departures, Heisman invites, TV ratings, AD tweets and more
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by Jon Wilner
1M ago
Last weekend, Colorado hired Deion Sanders. This weekend, Stanford hired Troy Taylor. In between, the Pac-12 provided a dizzying array of news with players and coaches coming, going and staying put … with unprecedented TV ratings … with a Heisman Trophy finalist and a head coach speaking bluntly and an athletic director tweeting insightfully. If you missed any of the developments, worry not. The Hotline has it covered. Presenting the Pac-12’s top 10: The most significant storylines between the Sanders and Taylor hires. 1. Running it back On Sunday, Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. anno ..read more
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