Scouting report on Stanford

The Daily Cal sports staff shares its thoughts on the past, present and future of Stanford University.

The origins of the university The death of Leland Stanford’s only son presented the tycoon with an opportunity. All the other robber barons in the League of Rich Ass Gentlemen had grand memorials, and J.P. Morgan’s smack-talking was getting annoying. Stanford’s horse farm, where he used to trip out on
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Cal won’t need luck to topple Cardinal, reclaim axe

Sean Cattouse admits he has seen it. It’s not something he necessarily chooses to watch, but he’s seen the replay a few times. Here’s the scenario: It’s the first quarter of Big Game 2010, and Stanford has the ball on its own 21-yard line, up 3-0. On third-and-five, quarterback Andrew
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No need to fear, Underdog Bears are here

In one soon-to-be iconic photo, our very own Sean Goebel captured the essence of Berkeley in one of its finest moments. With heralded professor Robert Reich on the microphone before thousands of listeners, Reich addressed an attentive crowd about the importance of strength, solidarity and the role of public education.
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They came for frozen treasure

Hello, beautiful Berkeley. Because of the swell of interest in my recent column promoting the bulk dispersal of our overachieving genes, I thought it would be a good idea to help get the balls rolling, as they say. I initiated the process and have done some of the work (but
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 11

No. 1: Oregon (9-1, 7-0) Chip Kelly is the best coach in college football and a loss to open the season will likely derail a team that should compete for the national championship. Donning black helmets and black socks in the fashion of Darth Vader, the Ducks showed off their
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Conference Questions

Will Oregon return to the title game? A week ago, the talk was that if Stanford beat Oregon on Saturday, the Cardinal would be in great position to reach the BCS national championship game. After the Ducks’ 53-30 win at Stanford, they are now the ones with a chance to
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Cal ends season without Pac-12 win

As the rain began to pour down at Edwards Stadium on Friday afternoon, fans scattered and retreated to their umbrellas. Puddles formed across the field. Players on the bench huddled together for warmth, shifting their focus from the action on the field to the downpour in the sky. After 90
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 10

No. 1: Stanford (9-0, 7-0) Still stuck at No. 4, Stanford couldn’t leapfrog one-loss Alabama in the BCS rankings. No. 7 Oregon (sixth in the AP poll, three places behind the Cardinal) getting slighted by a convoluted formula could be a moot point. A victory at home over the Ducks
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Cal beats Stanford to claim NorPac tournament title

On Sunday afternoon in Stanford, Calif., the Cal field hockey team finally got that monkey off its back. Twice in the regular season, the Bears fell to the Cardinal, 3-2. Sunday’s NorPac Tournament finals between the rivals was again decided by one score, but this time, Cal tapped in the
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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Week 9

No. 1: Stanford (8-0, 6-0) Now wasn’t that fun? Stanford proved that it is resilient, talented and now a major contender for the national championship. USC played the Cardinal hard. Really hard. Triple-overtime hard. But great teams respond to the other teams’ best effort and still find a way to
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