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Couch potatoes unite; UC logo debacle

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Couch potatoes unite; UC logo debacle

There are 34 Bowl games on your schedule between now and into the weeks following our armageddon-like fall off the fiscal cliff. 

This is the supreme season for the couch potato.

There are a bowl-full of bowls, NFL Playoff games, NBA and College hoops are in full swing, and the NHL...Oops, scratch that (Go Bulls!). 

The country will scan five bowl games on December 29th including the beauty by the bay, when the Naval Academy Midshipmen take on the Arizona State University Sun Devils in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T. 

Incidentally, my thoughts on the uproar of “UC's logogate” is that the graphic guru who created the new age mark might have had some help.

To me it resembled a lively agave worm at the bottom of a new-age Tequila bottle. I'm surprised that Cal students failed to recognize it. Speaking of new logos and bowl games, have you seen the ASU Sun Devils new look for its sports teams? I would think that every Maserati owner who is a ASU alum is exceeding the speed limit with a big smile on their face.

Back to food and football.

The organizers of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl do a great job of connecting with the community and helping people with a first class operation. I scanned the pigskin party schedule that will add several hundred tons of unwanted midsections to Americans over the next few weeks, and it’s impressive. The BCS National Championship on January 7th will signal everyone back to a treadmill.

I discovered that you’ll never go hungry if you watch the following games:

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl
Beef O’Brady Bowl
Little Caesars Pizza Bowl
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Chick-fil-A-Bowl
Gator Bowl (tastes like Chicken)
Outback Bowl (Have a big Bloomin' Onion)
Orange Bowl
Sugar Bowl

I’m pretty sure that this group of college football festivities covers the five major food groups. I hear that Jenny Craig is in negotiations with the NCAA to see if she can get in on the action for next year's bowl season.

Enjoy and please mix in a salad every few games.

Over his 40-year career, sports executive Andy Dolich has held positions at the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland A's, Golden State WarriorsMemphis Grizzlies andPhiladelphia 76ers. He is the Sports Business Insider for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

 

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.