Fighting the good fight — but coming up short

Memorial Stadium was ready for Saturday’s Opening Day. Cal, however, didn’t show up until the second quarter. The two-sentence press release showed up about five minutes before the kickoff of Nevada’s 31-24 win. Zach Maynard will not start due to missed tutoring appointment, it said. The team was told on
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Nevada’s Fajardo a smoking gun for Cal’s loss

The script was perfect: Memorial Stadium was flush with excitement after a 21-month absence, the Cal team showed promise, and the opponent seemed beatable. All the Bears needed to do was take care of business, and the narrative would take care of itself. Until it didn’t. With optimism abounding, Nevada walked into Berkeley and destroyed any hopes for a grand season in a 31-24 stunner.
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Live Blog: Cal falls to Nevada 31-24 in season opener

Follow along as Daily Cal football beat writers Jonathan Kuperberg and Michael Rosen and sports editor Annie Gerlach give play-by-play and analysis of the Cal-Nevada game live from Memorial Stadium. Today’s game marks Cal’s return to Memorial Stadium, which underwent a 21-month, $321 million renovation. But that puts more pressure
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Training Day: Cal unveils the Simpson Student-Athlete High Performance Center

Even those tree-sitters have to be pretty impressed. In just four short years, the Cal football team went from using some of the worst facilities in all of college football to arguably some of the best. Throughout his first 10 years as head coach, Jeff Tedford often expressed the difficulty of trying to get recruits excited about his program while taking them on tours of locker rooms and training facilities that wouldn’t even pass for halfway decent high school gym.
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Home improvement: The return of Memorial Stadium

Memorial Stadium is more than a football field — it's a capsule of Cal's legacy.

From December 1922 to November 1923, a coliseum was constructed at the foot of the Berkeley hills dedicated to the fallen California comrades of the Great War. On Sept. 1, 2012, a cannon will sound from Strawberry Canyon, marking a new chapter in the rich history of California sports. Memorial Stadium is back.
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Nevada pistol to fire shots at host Bears

After a year spent at temporary home AT&T Park, the Cal football team will assuredly be fired up for its return to Memorial Stadium this Saturday at noon. Head coach Jeff Tedford, however, is quick to remark that the new facilities won’t win football games. “What’s going on between the
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This season, there is but to do or die

This is it for Jeff Tedford. In his 11th year as the head coach of the Cal football team, Tedford has one more chance to prove he’s the right coach to keep his team headed in the right direction. Regardless of what bloggers and cynics have wanted you to believe, Tedford has never been on the hot seat.
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Pacing the Pac-12

The Bears have plenty of offensive weapons for 2012, as a receiving corp including Keenan Allen to go along with a proven backfield of seniors Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson will give quarterback Zach Maynard a plethora of options. But the key to the Bears’ seasons lies upfront along the offensive line. If seniors Brian Schwenke and Matt Summers-Gavin can overcome the complete inexperience of the three other starters, a nine-win season isn’t out of the question. But if the Bears struggle up front as they did for most of 2011 —giving up 28 sacks — Cal fans could be in for a long year.
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Making the Grade: Offense

There’s a column already on the Daily Cal website talking about Maynard’s potential, and surely there will be many more on the way. Bottom line, however, is that Maynard looks like he’s taken a significant step forward in his development in the offseason.
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