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Concern for Cal, Stanford?

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Concern for Cal, Stanford?

Just dont you worry about yourcollegiate Bay Area football contingents. San Jose State and City College of San Francisco are going to be justfine.<p><a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0063&report=teamh... and <a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?yr=2012&report=teamhom... on the otherhand Im not quite as certain. Heres a brief scenario throughone mans wizened eyes.  <br><p><p>Stanford hadfinally started to get a few people to stroll across the street and attend a<p><div><div style="z-index: 777; float: right; clear: right; margin: 0; padding: 8px 0 8px 8px;"><img style="width: 180px; height: 259px;" src="http:www.csnbayarea.comcommonmedialib223873629.jpg" alt="NUNES_JOSH_STANFORD_VERTICAL_LARGE.jpg" alignment="right" border="0" hspace="" vspace=""><div><div>football game along about the time that Andrew Luck was thinking as much aboutthe NFL Combine and what suit he might choose to wear at the Heisman Trophypresentation. Things move a tad slowerdown that a way.  <p><p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">REWIND: <a href="http:www.csnbayarea.comncaanewsStanfords-defense-lifts-Cardinal-past-Sp?... defense lifts Cardinal past Spartans 20-17<a><span><br><p><p>So, now that the<a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0063&report=teamh... <a>has been discovered, and the expectations of the same ol steamrollerare firmly imbedded in the Stanford loyalists, its hopeful that they wontnotice that the quarterback, who made this team what it was,<a href="http:www.csnbayarea.comshowschronicle-live"> now resides inIndiana<a>.  And that, while all themechanical parts of this souped-up engine are bopping along relatively in tune,the guy behind the wheel is just getting his learners permit.<p><p>Stanford escaped on Saturday witha three-point victory over a <a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0044&report=teamh... Jose State<a> team that was determined to drivethe folks in Palo Alto off to hang themselves on the chain that holds their PhiBeta Kappa key. The bottom line is thatSan Jose is a lot better than people gave them any credit for and Stanford isstill very much a work in progress.<p><p> I feel pretty certain that bothteams will get better from here. <br><p><p>The<a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0044&report=teamh... will be near the top of the WAC in this last year before their move tothe Mountain West, and the Cardinal will have one more week with the trainingwheels on before they get into a demolition derby with the USC Trojans who comecalling on September 15. USC played mediocre football and still beat Hawaii 49 to 10 in their opener.  <p><p>So dont hang your heads ye fansof Stanford football. But try and wrapyourselves around the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl instead of anything with a flowerin the title.<p><p><p><div><div style="z-index: 777; float: left; clear: left; margin: 0; padding: 8px 8px 8px 0;"><img style="width: 186px; height: 277px;" src="http:www.csnbayarea.comcommonmedialib223873621.jpg" alt="tedford_jeff_large_vertical.jpg" alignment="left" border="0" hspace="" vspace=""><div><div>As to their rival cousins on theother side of the bay, they christened their new playground on Saturday and thenproceeded to throw up on the seesaw.<p><p><p>Ive been trying to put theCal-<a href="http:stats.csnbayarea.comcfbteamstats.asp?team=0039&report=teamh... game in perspective since Saturday and Im still in the thinkingout loud stage.  Here are a couple ofgivens: <br><p><p> I dont think the Bears werelooking past Nevada toward their game against Southern Utah this week, and Idont believe they lost on purpose so that other teams in the Pac 12 would tendto take them lightly. Having eliminatedthose two scenarios, Im left with a couple of thoughts.  <p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;"><a href="http:www.csnbayarea.comncaanewsNevada-upset-ruins-Memorial-Stadium-open?... Nevada upset ruins Cal's Memorial Stadium opener<a><span><br><p><p>One is that its not easy to rebuild anoffensive line (see Stanford), and two, if youre going to open theseason against a team that runs a different kind of offense, it's best you dontselect a team whose coach invented the damn thing.  <br><p><p>And an that scored about amillion points against you the last time you tried to defend it, offense by the way. <p><p>Playing against Chris Aultspistol offense is like playing Madden Football against Madden. <br><p><p>I dont think Jeff Tedford overlooked howgood Nevada might be, but I think most of the Ol Blues did.  Like their neighbors on the farm, theyvegot a week to get it right before the guys in the big boy pants start liningup on the other side.<p><p>My thought about the Bears thisyear was that they had to win the games the are supposed to win, and try andsnatch at least one game that theyre <span style="font-style: italic;">not<span> supposed to win.<p><p>I think in view of the newfacility, a sellout crowd, and the expectations of a new era, this was one theywere supposed to win.<p><p>Now, can they get two thattheyre not supposed to win? Im not sosure.<p><p> <p>

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.