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    BERKELEY -- The California men's basketball team announced its 2012-13 schedule on Friday. The Golden Bears, under the direction of head coach Mike Montgomery, will face a challenging 31-game slate that includes 12 teams that won at least 20 games and five programs that received an NCAA Tournament bid last season.

    Cal will host 16 games and one exhibition contest inside Haas Pavilion this winter, including nine Pac-12 match-ups.

    The Bears will face four 2012 NCAA Tournament teams in their non-conference slate --Wisconsin, UNLV, Creighton and Harvard -- in addition to fellow conference NCAA Tournament participant, Colorado.

    Creighton's 29 victories lead a strong list of 12 opponents that won at least 20 games last season that also includes Wisconsin (26), UNLV (26), Harvard (26), Stanford (26), Colorado (24), Washington (24), Oregon (24), Arizona (23), Denver (22), Oregon State (21) and UCSB (20).

    The Bears will open play at Haas with an exhibition game against San Francisco State on Nov. 6. Cal will begin regular-season play with a pair of home contests against CSU Bakersfield (Nov. 11) and Pepperdine (Nov. 13).

    Montgomery's squad will make its first of two trips to the state of Colorado this season for its first road game of the 2011-12 campaign as the Bears meet Denver Nov. 16.

    Cal will participate in the Anaheim Classic over the Thanksgiving holiday, joining Drake, Drexel, Georgia Tech, Pacific, Rice, Saint Mary's and Xavier in the eight-team tournament. The Bears will play their first of three games in the Anaheim Classic against Drake on Nov. 22, followed by games on Nov. 23 and Nov. 25.

    California opens the month of December against three NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. The Bears will travel to Madison, Wisc., to face Wisconsin - a 2012 Sweet Sixteen squad - Dec. 2 before returning home to open a five-game homestand against UNLV (Dec. 9) and defending Missouri Valley Conference champions, Creighton (Dec. 15). Home contests against UCSB (Dec. 18), Prairie View A&M (Dec. 22) and Harvard (Dec. 29) round out the calendar year.

    The Bears will usher in 2013 and the Pac-12 slate down in Los Angeles with games against UCLA (Jan. 3) and USC (Jan. 5).

    The first of two Bay Area battles against Stanford will be inside Maples Pavilion on Jan. 19, while the Bears host the Cardinal on Senior Day inside Haas Pavilion in the regular-season finale on March 6.

    Cal will also host Washington (Jan. 9), Washington State (Jan. 12), Oregon State (Jan. 31), Oregon (Feb. 2), UCLA (Feb. 14), USC (Feb. 17), Utah (Feb. 28) and Colorado (March 2) at Haas Pavilion in league action.

    Along with its game at Stanford, the Bears will travel to Utah (Jan. 24), Colorado (Jan. 27), Arizona State (Feb. 7), Arizona (Feb. 10), Oregon (Feb. 21) and Oregon State (Feb. 23) as part of its conference slate.

    During conference regular-season play, the Bears will deviate from the traditional Thursday/Saturday league format on five occasions with three Sunday games (Jan. 27 at Colorado, Feb. 10 at Arizona, and Feb. 17 vs. USC) and a pair of Wednesday contests (Jan. 9 vs. Washington and March 6 vs. Stanford).

    The Pac-12 Conference Tournament moves to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in 2013. First-round games begin March 13 with the championship game set for March 16.

    Game times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.


    BERKELEY — Cal junior wide receiver Keenan Allen added again to his long list of preseason honors on Thursday, when he was named a season-team preseason All-American by Sports Illustrated. Allen has been Cal's most decorated player prior to the 2012 season.

    Allen has earned nearly unanimous preseason All-American accolades and is on several national watch lists including the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year given annually to the nation's top college football player of the year; the Biletnikoff Award for the best receiver; and the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player.

    Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 receiving yards and six touchdown catches in 2011, with the receptions and receiving yards both ranking second on Cal's all-time single season lists behind school record holders Dameane Douglas (100 receptions in 1998) and Geoff McArthur (1,504 receiving yards in 2003). He returns the fourth-highest per-game averages from 2011 of all active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players for both receptions (7.54) and receiving yards (103.31).

    Allen has career totals of 144 receptions, 1,833 receiving yards and 11 touchdown catches in two seasons at Cal. His 144 career receptions are only 58 shy of all-time school leader McArthur's career total of 202 from 2000-04, while he will start the 2012 season 1,355 receiving yards short of McArthur's career total of 3,188.

  • On Sunday night, the California baseball program saw its 10th player this season play at the Major League level.

    2009 first-round draft pick Brett Jackson took his place alongside Allen Craig (St. Louis Cardinals), Josh Satin (New York Mets), Tyson Ross (Oakland A's), Brandon Morrow (Toronto Blue Jays), Brennan Boesch (Detroit Tigers), Geoff Blum (Arizona Diamondbacks), Xavier Nady (Washington Nationals), David Cooper (Toronto) and John Baker (San Diego Padres), who have all played in the bigs this season.

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    Jackson went 2-for-4 with two singles and a walk in a 7-6 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The fourth-highest overall draft pick in school history hit .303 in 152 games over three seasons in Berkeley, scoring 91 runs, knocking in 85, tallying 25 doubles, 11 triples and 12 homers with 27 stolen bases. In two of his three seasons, Jackson stole at least 11 bases.

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    Jackson became the 50th player in the 120-year history of the program to reach the bigs.

    The Boys in Blue have a former Bear of their own waiting in the wings in the person of outfielder Blake Smith. Smith is currently hitting .266 at Double-A Chattanooga with 22 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs.

    The Cubs recently drafted two-time All-Pac-10 Cal catcher Chadd Krist in the First-Year Player Draft in June.

    Krist lit up short-season Single-A Boise with a .328 batting average in 16 games, and was promptly promoted to Single-A Peoria, where he's hit .303 in 18 games with two home runs and 12 RBI.

    Krist -- one of two Bears taken on the first day of the draft -- was part of a six-man 2012 draft class which included second-round pick Tony Renda. Renda -- currently hitting .222 for the Single-A Short Season Auburn Doubledays -- was picked up by the Washington Nationals with the 80th pick.

    Renda is one of two former Cal players currently in the Nats' system, along with former teammate Dixon Anderson -- a ninth-round pick in 2011. The big righty has thrown 10.0 innings over four games, including three starts, and has allowed seven hits and no runs while striking out five.

    In other minor league news, former Bears closer Matt Gorgen has been moved up to Triple-A Reno in the Diamondbacks' system, and has posted a 3.27 ERA in eight relief appearances, walking three and striking out six.

    Satin -- who had a cup of coffee last year and in 2012 -- is hitting .296 with Triple-A Buffalo.

    At the big league level, Craig leads the Cal contingent. After making the World Series-winning catch in 2011, Craig has come back to post a .295 batting average with a career-high 15 homers, 56 RBI and 48 runs in 67 games for the Cardinals.

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    A day ago, Cooper hit the game-tying homer in the ninth inning against the Athletics in an eventual 3-1 11th-inning win for the Blue Jays. In 31 games this season, Cooper -- who socked 17 homers for the Bears in 2008 -- is hitting .291 with six doubles, three longballs and seven RBI. In 27 games in 2011, Cooper hit .211 with two circuit shots and 12 RBI while striking out 14 times to seven walks.

    Cooper's teammate Morrow -- a top-five selection of the Seattle Mariners in 2006 -- is having the finest season of his big league career, posting a 3.01 ERA in 77.2 innings of work, holding opposing batters to a .194 average in his 13 starts. Morrow is currently 7-4 with 67 strikeouts to just 24 walks.

    Boesch has started much of the year in the Detroit outfield, but has not yet been able to replicate the success of his .320 rookie season in 2010. In 2012, Boesch is hitting .251 with 11 homers with 46 RBI.


    BERKELEY -- Theo Robertson, who was a standout forward for the California men's basketball team from 2005-10, re-joins the Golden Bears' program as a graduate manager, head coach Mike Montgomery announced Friday.

    "I am extremely grateful to coach Montgomery and the University of California for allowing me the opportunity to join the basketball staff as a graduate manager," Robertson said. "I'm thrilled to be able to continue to represent this great institution, while contributing towards the success of our student-athletes both on and off the court."

    Robertson starred for Cal from the 2005-06 season through the 2009-10 campaign where he was a two-year captain and voted the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior on the Golden Bears' 2010 conference championship squad. Robertson completed his career with 1,315 career points, good for 16th on the program's all-time scoring list. He is Cal's all-time leader in career three-point field goal percentage at .440 (154-of-350) and is among the school's career leaders in three-point field goals made (seventh), three-point field goals attempted (10th) and games played (seventh with 125). The forward, who was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior, was limited by injury during his career in Berkeley where he underwent three separate hip surgeries and was forced to miss the entire 2007-08 season.

    Robertson completed his undergraduate bachelor of arts degree in social welfare in 2010 with a 3.10 cumulative grade point average. While training for the NBA draft, he suffered his third hip injury that required immediate surgery.

    In his new role, the former student-athlete will assist with all facets of the program from a competition and academic standpoint, while working towards his master's degree at Cal.

    "Theo is an exceptional basketball player who has a great knowledge of the game," Montgomery said. "His addition to the staff will greatly help our program as he works toward completing his master's degree. Theo enjoyed great success as a player here and he will help us create more great moments this season."

    Robertson served as an administrative fellow with the Pac-12 Conference this past year, where he assisted with the league's Sports Management and Championships team. The position is designed to help prepare former student-athletes transition to the profession of sports administration.

    Robertson will be a candidate for his master's degree in cultural studies of sport in the Graduate School of Education.

  • With Justin Jones returning, Nick Halamandaris spurning the Seattle Mariners and Mitch Delfino signing with the San Francisco Giants, the shockwaves of the 2012 MLB Draft have now subsided. So, I present to you my updated depth chart, lineup and pitching rotations for the 2013 Cal baseball team:

    Projected 2013 Lineup:

    CF SR Darrell Matthews (L)
    RF SR Vince Bruno (L)
    1B SR Devon Rodriguez (L)
    C JR Andrew Knapp (S)
    3B SO Chris Paul (R)
    DH FR Nick Halamandaris (L)
    LF RSF Brian Celsi (R)
    2B SO Brenden Farney (L)
    SS JR Derek Campbell (R)

    Projected 2013 Depth:

    CF: Matthews, Celsi, Grant Diede, Mike Reuvekamp
    LF: Celsi, Diede, Bruno, Halamandaris, Campbell, Reuvekamp
    RF: Bruno, Halamandaris, Celsi, Diede
    3B: Paul, Campbell, Mitchell Kranson, Reuvekamp
    SS: Campbell, Paul, Reuvekamp, Max Dutto
    2B: Farney, Reuvekamp, Dutto
    1B: Rodriguez, Halamandaris, Theofanopoulos
    C: Knapp, Alex Egber, Kranson, Reuvekamp
    DH: Halamandaris, Jacob Wark, Bruno Reuvekamp

    Projected Pitching Rotation:
    SR Justin Jones (L)
    SR Logan Scott (R)
    JR Kyle Porter (L)
    JR Michael Theofanopoulos (L)/SO RHP Keaton Siomkin/SO LHP Chris Muse-Fisher

    Bullpen (LR): RHP RSFr Michael Jordan, LHP RSFr Robb Woodcock, RHP Fr Cal Becker, RHP Fr Ryan Mason, RHP SOPH Keaton Siomkin, LHP SOPH Chris Muse-Fisher, RHP Fr Collin Monsour

    Bullpen (MR): RHP JR Ryan Sandler, RHP SO Eric Walbridge, LHP Fr Jake Schultz, RHP Fr Jordan Talbot, RHP JR Trevor Hildenberger

    Bullpen (SU/CL): RHP JR Michael Lowden, LHP JR Matt Evanoff, RHP SR Ryan Wertenberger, Becker for late-inning heat

  • California head coach David Esquer has confirmed to that 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-handed hitting first baseman Nick Halamandaris will not be signing with the Seattle Mariners, an hour after the deadline to sign players selected in June's First-Year Major League Player Draft.

    Esquer confirmed a tweet sent earlier by Baseball America's Jim Callis:

    Halamandaris pounded 17 home runs over four years with Monterey (Calif.) Stevenson. As a sophomore and a junior, Halamandaris was selected to the Monterey County Herald's All-County baseball team. He was also 2011 first-team Mission Trial Athletic League and finished his junior year with 38 hits, 11 multi-hit games, nine doubles, a triple, four home runs and 29 RBI.

    Halamandaris completes a trifecta of lefty power for the 2013 team, including returning first baseman Devon Rodriguez and half of switch-hitter Andrew Knapp. This is a huge boon to the Cal baseball program. It's not often a kid will turn down up to $500k and a top-10-round selection to go to school, though we saw Mark Appel announce today that he'll be back after being picked in the top 10 picks of the first round. Appel, it must be noted, was a Scott Boras advisee.

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  • In another move to shake up his coaching staff, California basketball head coach Mike Montgomery has promoted Travis DeCuire -- who has served as an assistant men's basketball coach for the Golden Bears the past four seasons -- to associate head coach.

    "Travis has played a vital role in our team's success both as a coach on the court and in recruiting in our four years here at Cal," Montgomery said. "He is an excellent coach who impacts all facets of our program, warranting this promotion. Travis continues to expand his responsibilities as a coach and has distinguished himself as one of the top mentors in the game. This appointment is well deserved and will enhance the development of our student-athletes."

    A part of Montgomery's coaching staff since his arrival in Berkeley prior to the 2008-09 season, DeCuire has helped guide the Bears to 88 victories and a Pac-12 title over the past four seasons. A top-flight recruiter, DeCuire has also helped develop several all-conference standouts, including the 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year Jerome Randle, the 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Allen Crabbe, and the 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Jorge Gutierrez. The Bears have reached the postseason all four years with DeCuire on staff.

    "I am extremely grateful to Coach Montgomery and Sandy Barbour for their confidence in me," DeCuire said. "We have an amazing staff and the best support system in college basketball. Together with the help of the Cal community, we will continue our pursuit of a championship on the court and the ultimate success of our student-athletes off of it. The opportunity to grow both as a coach and a mentor wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of all the student-athletes who I've had the great pleasure of working with in my four years at Berkeley."

    DeCuire arrived at Cal along with Montgomery in the spring of 2008, following five years as an assistant coach at Old Dominion, where he helped lead the Monarchs to a 117-53 combined record and four postseason berths in his final four seasons with the program.

    He previously served as a head coach at Green River Community College in Seattle and at Sammamish High School in Bellevue.

    DeCuire graduated Montana in 1994 with a degree in business marketing, and was a standout point guard for the Grizzlies from 1991-94. He was a two-time Most Valuable Player and All-Big Sky Conference honoree. He began his coaching career as a player-coach for the Sutherland Basketball Club in Sutherland, Australia, in 1994-95.

    DeCuire's new appointment completes Montgomery's staff, along with Assistant Athletic Director for Basketball Development Jay John, and assistant coaches John Montgomery and Gregg Gottlieb, for the 2012-13 season.

  • Athlon Sports named junior Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen a second-team preseason All-American on Monday.

    The only wide outs ahead of Allen are Clemson's Sammy Watkins and conference foe Robert Woods of USC.

    Last season, Woods had 13 more catches (111-98) than Allen while the junior out of Greensboro, NC had more receiving yards (1,343-1,292). Woods caught 15 scoring strikes to Allen's six. Allen's season-long reception went for eight more yards more than Woods' (90-82), but overall, Woods averaged 107.7 receiving yards per game to Allen's 103.3.

    The two will square off on Sept. 22 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

    The honor is just the latest in a string of preseason plaudits for Allen, who was also named a First Team All-Pac-12 selection along with Woods. Senior tailback back Isi Sofele (second team), senior offensive tackle Matt Summers-Gavin (second team), defensive lineman Deandre Coleman (third team) and linebacker Chris McCain (third team) joined Allen among the Bears' contingent on the publication's all-conference squad.

    Allen was recently named to the Maxwell Award watch list along with Sofele, and both are on the College Football Performance Offensive watch list.

  • The Pac-12 Conference today announced the winners of the Tom Hansen Conference Medal.

    Graduating California basketball guard Jorge Gutierrez and Bears softball superstar Valerie Arioto have been announced as Cal's Tom Hansen Medal winners.

    The Pac-12 released the winners of the Conference Medal today, bestowed upon each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete, based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

    Gutierrez was recently named to the Denver Nuggets' summer league roster, while Arioto is swinging a big stick for the US National Softball Team. This summer, Arioto has led the USA with a .516 batting average in 15 games. Arioto is also tied for the team lead in runs (18) and hits (16), and leads the squad outright in home runs (8) and RBI (24).

  • June 29, 2012

    McClure Update

    A source in the Cal football program said that defensive back Stefan McClure "might redshirt this year."

    With the kind of injury McClure sustained toward the end of last season -- tearing three constituent parts in the knee -- 10 years ago, was a career-ender. He had another surgery about a month and a half or two months ago, because the swelling wasn't going down, but he "looks great," now.

    McClure is at 200 pounds, he's a focused kid and the injury doesn't bother him psychologically, so once it heals, he'll be ready to go, but he's just not there. The musculature around the knee and overall conditioning are superb, but there comes a point where it's just biology. He needs time to heal a very traumatic injury. His body has completely changed, he's ripped, and all of this without one leg, basically.

    McClure has maintained a very positive attitude. At this point, it's just a matter of time and letting the actual constituent parts heal. Don't count on him practicing during fall camp, but once the healing is done, he'll be ready to go very quickly.

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