Pac-12 South Preview: UCLA

The Year That Was The good news? UCLA’s road upset of then-No. 7 Texas gave us this great viral moment. Other than that, there wasn’t much to smile about in Westwood. The football monopoly in Los Angeles still isn’t over — not even close, despite the Bruins’ competitor being downsized.
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Tedford talks defense at Bay Area Media Day

SAN FRANCISCO — The Cal football team’s defense was the best in the conference last season. A few months later, it lost three starters to the NFL Draft, including first-rounder Cameron Jordan. Consider that the Pac-10 added two members, and that lofty rank will probably be … better? “Two reasons,”
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Pac-12 South Preview: USC

The Year That Was It was a messy season for USC. For starters, Lane Kiffin’s squad went 8-5, including an embarrassing 36-7 showing against middling Oregon State. The team also fell at home to nemesis Notre Dame. Mostly, though, 2010 was disappointing because the Trojans were not allowed to play
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Sophomore Keenan Allen should make a fine receiving duo with Marvin Jones this fall. But who else can emerge as a reliable target?

Fall Camp Preview: Storylines to watch

We’ll be posting daily online updates from fall camp starting Saturday. In-depth position previews for Cal can be found on our Football Blog.  1. Zach Maynard under center — and in the spotlight With the departure of Kevin Riley, Cal’s quarterback competition figured to be the team’s most wide-open in
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Sports in Brief: Derrick Hill signs with hometown Raiders

Derrick Hill got to play close to home when he came to Cal in 2006. Now, he’ll fight for the chance to play even closer as a professional. The Bears’ former nose tackle, who first played football at Oakland’s McClymonds High School, signed with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders as an
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Athletes can help strike out bigotry

There’s a major problem in sports. It’s not steroids; it’s not cheating. Not the NBA lockout or the BCS. A couple weeks ago, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson went on a radio show and called someone a word that no one, in polite company or otherwise, should ever utter. The
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Pac-12 North Preview: Stanford

The Year That Was Stanford had one of its best seasons in program history — going 12-1, finishing second in the Pac-10 and  crushing Virginia Tech, 40-12, in the Orange Bowl. Its No. 4 ranking at the end of the year was the program’s highest since 1940. More than the
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Pac-12 North Preview: Oregon

The Year That Was Oregon fielded one of the greatest offenses in recent memory. It signaled plays through over-sized flashcards to minimize breaks. It averaged 47 points and 530 yards per game. It forced teams to fake injury to try and slow it down. It lost to Cam Newton and
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Pac-12 North Preview: Washington State

The Year That Was Two years ago, Washington State was arguably the worst team in the entire country. The Cougars’ lost 11 games by an average of 29 points. They only defeated Southern Methodist — an overtime victory that saw the latter blow a 17-point lead in the second half.
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Pac-12 North Preview: Washington

The Year That Was 2010 was supposed to be the big leap for Steve Sarkisian’s club … and it didn’t quite happen. On one hand, Washington — just two years after a winless season — went 7-6 and won its first bowl game since 2002. Sarkisian is also a perfect
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