Cal Meets No. 22 Northwestern in 2013 Opener
California Golden Bears (0-0, 0-0) vs. No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats (0-0, 0-0)
Saturday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. PT
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Kickoff – Cal vs. Northwestern (Sat., Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. PDT)
A new era of Cal football begins this week as the Golden Bears take on No. 22 Northwestern in the 2013 season opener, and the first game of the Sonny Dykes era. The Bears and the Wildcats meet on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7:30 p.m. PDT on ESPN2. The contest will be the first in a three-game homestand for Cal to start the campaign. Dykes, who was hired last December as the 33rd head coach in the history of the program, brings a high-powered offense with him from Louisiana Tech, one that led the nation in scoring and total offense last season. Dykes is looking to build upon a Cal program that has established a solid foundation over the past decade with eight bowl-game appearances since 2003. During training camp, Dykes selected true freshman Jared Goff to be the starting quarterback. Goff will be the first true freshman quarterback at Cal to start his first collegiate game. He won’t be the only new face in the starting lineup on offense for the Bears. After the departure of last year’s top two running backs, junior Brendan Bigelow and sophomore Daniel Lasco will lead the charge in the ground game for. Sophomores Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper and junior Richard Rodgers bring some experience back to the receiving corps. Defensive lineman Deandre Coleman is most decorated returner on defense, while the Bears are also happy to have back cornerback Stefan McClure who redshirted last year after suffering an injury in the 2011 regular-season finale.
• This is just the second meeting ever between Cal and Northwestern. The last time these teams met was in the 1949 Rose Bowl. The Wildcats defeated the Bears, 20-14. Cal’s head coach in that game, the legendary Pappy Waldorf, had previously been the head coach at Northwestern (1935-46) until he left to take the same job at Cal.
• Seven Cal players – Brendan Bigelow, Deandre Coleman, Vincenzo D’Amato, Nick Forbes, Chris Harper, Cole Leininger and Jordan Rigsbee – have been honored on at least one preseason All-Pac-12 squad. Bigelow (Doak Walker Award), Coleman (Outland Trophy), D’Amato (CFPA Placekicker Trophy), Forbes (CFPA Linebacker Trophy), Harper (Biletnikoff Award) and Rodgers (CFPA Tight End Trophy) are on early preseason national watch lists.
• Among some of the numerous changes with the new coaching staff is the switch from the 3-4 to the 4-3 defensive scheme, transitioning the tight ends into wide receivers and changing the offense from a pro style to a no-huddle, high-tempo offense.
• Cal has the third-toughest schedule according to Phil Steele as well as ranking 125 out of 126 teams in experience. No. 22 Northwestern is the first of three preseason top-25 teams the Bears will play in the opening four weeks of the season. The Bears will also host No. 2 Ohio State on Sept. 14 and play at No. 3 Oregon on Sept. 28.
• Cal has played in a bowl game in eight of the last 10 seasons, while winning enough games to be bowl eligible and posting winning seasons in nine of the last 10. The Bears missed out on the bowl scene last year after posting an overall record of 3-9 in their final season under former head coach Jeff Tedford.
Exciting New Offensive Style Headed to Cal
Cal will be in its first season in a new offensive system in 2013 under first-year head coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tony Franklin. Last season at Louisiana Tech, the tandem helped the Bulldogs lead the nation in scoring offense (51.50 points per game) and total offense (577.92 yards per game). The Bears are hoping the new system will help them improve on an offense that was 69th nationally in total offense (391.25 ypg) and 91st in scoring (23.00 ppg) last season.
Louisiana Tech’s 2012 offense also ranked among the NCAA’s top 20 in passing offense (3rd, 350.75 ypg), fewest sacks allowed (7th, 0.83 spg), turnover margin (10th, +1.08 per game) and rushing offense (18th, 227.17 ypg). Assistant head coach and outside receivers coach Rob Likens directed one of the most potent wide receiver corps in the country, led by current San Francisco 49er Quinton Patton, who paced the WAC in both per-game receiving yards (116.00 ypg) and receptions (8.67 rpg), figures that ranked fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively. Running backs coach Pierre Ingram, who was named the 2012 WAC Recruiter of the Year by ESPN.com, coached RB Kenneth Dixon – the 2012 WAC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American who broke Marshall Faulk’s NCAA freshman records for rushing touchdowns (27), total touchdowns (28) and points (168).
Defense Switching From 3-4 To 4-3
Cal will also be in a new defensive system in 2013, switching its base from a 3-4 to a 4-3 alignment under first-year defensive coordinator Andy Buh. Buh, a football administrative assistant at Cal in 2000 and 2001, played a key role as the linebackers coach at Wisconsin for a team that reached in the Rose Bowl and ranked in the top 25 in all major categories on the defensive side of the ball in 2012. In contrast, Cal’s defense was ranked 70th or lower in every major defensive category a year ago. Returning to Cal for his second stint is defensive backs coach Randy Stewart, who also coached the Bears from 1997-2001. Prior to coaching last year at Eastern Michigan, Stewart enjoyed a long stint at Fresno State from 2002-11.
Cal has a pair of coaches working with the defensive line in Garret Chachere and Barry Sacks. Chachere, who will work with the defensive ends, has coached on both sides of the ball and spent last season at Southern Miss, but he does own experience in the Pac-12 having been the wide receivers coach at Arizona from 2009-10 and the running backs coach there in 2011. Sacks, who will work with the defensive tackles, comes to Berkeley after an 11-year stint at Nevada. The energetic and enthusiastic coach served in a number of roles during his tenure with the Wolf Pack but was a mainstay on the defensive line in recent seasons as he developed some of the top pass rushers in school history.
Bears Face Third Toughest Schedule
With a docket that features eight teams that played in bowl games a year ago, Cal faces a schedule that is ranked as the nation’s third-most difficult by Phil Steele and No. 4 in the country according to Sporting News. The 2012 bowl schools are Arizona, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington. In addition, Ohio State was a perfect 12-0 last season but ineligible to go to the post season. Seven of Cal’s games will come against squads that are ranked in the top 25 in the 2013 AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll (No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Oregon, No. 4 Stanford, No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Northwestern, No. 24 USC and No. 25 Oregon State).
Coach Sonny Dykes inherits a 2013 Cal squad that will be one of the nation’s youngest with a preseason experience rating that is No. 12 in the Pac-12 and No. 125 out of No. 126 teams according to Phil Steele’s combined experience chart. Dykes’ former school, Louisiana Tech, is the only team in the nation with less experience than the Bears.
Cal in Season Openers
Cal owns an all-time record of 73-41-4 in season openers over the first 118 campaigns of Cal football (excluding 12 seasons when the Bears played rugby rather than football from 1882-95 and 1906-14). Prior to last season’s opening 31-24 loss to Nevada, Cal had won five straight season openers. The Bears have still been victorious in seven of their last nine openers. Cal’s most-recent season-opening win was a 36-21 victory over Fresno State in the Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park in 2011, and the last season opener that Cal won at Memorial Stadium was a 52-3 triumph over UC Davis in 2010.
Cal Coaching Debuts
History is on Sonny Dykes’ side to pick up a victory in his Cal debut, as the previous six Golden Bear head coaches all posted convincing wins in their first games at Cal.
Jeff Tedford began his Cal career in 2002 with a 70-22 rout of Baylor in Memorial Stadium. In 1997, Tom Holmoe led the Bears to a 35-3 victory at Houston. The season before, Steve Mariucci guided Cal to a 45-25 win at San Jose State, while Keith Gilbertson also picked up his first victory against the Spartans, a 46-16 win in Berkeley in 1992. Bruce Snyder garnered a shutout victory in his Cal debut, a 42-0 win against Pacific at Memorial Stadium in 1987. In 1982, Joe Kapp guided to a 31-17 victory at Colorado. The last Cal head coach not to win his debut was Roger Theder in 1978 when the Bears lost 36-26 at No. 10 Nebraska. Theder was also the last Cal head coach to play against a ranked team in his debut, something that has only been done a total of three other times since ...
• 1979 – Roger Theder (Cal 17, at No. 18 Arizona State 9
• 2006 – Jeff Tedford (No. 23 Tennessee 35, No. 9 Cal 18))
• 2007 – Jeff Tedford (at No. 12 Cal 45, vs. No. 22 Tennessee 31)
Home Field Advantage
Cal is 43-15 in its last 58 home games and 39-14 at Memorial Stadium during the stretch. The Bears were 4-1 in home games at AT&T Park in 2011 while Memorial Stadium was being renovated.
Bears As the Best, Against The Best
Cal is 15-8 when playing as a top-10 team and 37-23 when the opponent is ranked in the top 25 of at least one set of rankings since 2002. In 2009, the Bears recorded back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks over nationally ranked teams for the first time since 1950, defeating No. 18 Arizona at Memorial Stadium before winning at No. 14 Stanford. The Bears lost eight straight games against ranked teams after that before a convincing 43-17 victory over No. 25 UCLA at Memorial Stadium for its lone win in six tries against top 25 opponents in 2012. Prior to not being ranked during the 2011 and 2012 campaign, Cal had been among the nation’s top 25 teams at one point in each of the previous seven seasons and eight times in nine campaigns from 2002-10.
Solid Home Attendance in 2012
In seven home games in 2012, Cal had an average attendance of 55,876, including a sellout and season-high attendance of 63,186 in the season opener against Nevada. Six of the seven games had an attendance of over 50,000. Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 62,467.
Goff Wins Quarterback Competition
True freshman Jared Goff was named the Bears’ starting quarterback by Sonny Dykes on Aug. 16, ending a quarterback competition with Zach Kline and Austin Hinder that started at the beginning of spring football in February. Goff will be Cal’s first true freshman quarterback to start in his first collegiate game.
Goff combined to throw for 7,687 yards and 93 touchdowns with 18 interceptions in three varsity seasons at nearby Marin Catholic High School, completing 477-of-767 passes (62.2%) for teams that combined to post a 39-4 overall record and 20-1 Marin County League mark on their way to one appearance in the state title game, one North Coast Section crown, three NCS playoff appearances and three MCL championships.
Goff was named Cal’s top newcomer prior to the season by 247Sports/Sporting News, Lindy’s and USA Today, while Athlon had him as the team’s No. 2 recruit. He was the No. 20 freshman quarterback nationally prior to the season according to Phil Steele, while Athlon had him as its No. 25 national quarterback recruit and No. 37 Pac-12 recruit.
New Backfield in Motion
Cal will feature a new starter at running back in 2013 with junior Brendan Bigelow and sophomore Daniel Lasco paving the way in the backfield. The Bears own a streak of having their top two rushers combine for at least 1,500 yards 11 campaigns in a row after the now-departed Isi Sofele and C.J. Anderson combined to reach that total each of the past two campaigns. Bigelow and Lasco both showed flashes of brilliance in 2012, with Bigelow becoming the first Cal player since Jahvid Best in 2009 to pop off three touchdowns runs of over 50 yards, including an 81-yarder at Ohio State that is the longest ever by an opponent in the history of Ohio Stadium. Lasco took one in from 77 yards out against Southern Utah. Both Bigelow and Lasco need to recover from injuries that forced them to miss 2013 spring practice but took part in practice during training camp and are expected to be ready for the season.
Another option for the Bears may be incoming speedster and two-sport high school star freshman Khalfani Muhammad, who made a name for himself on the track as a prep at Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks). He is only the third person to ever win back-to-back individual California boys state titles in the 100 and 200 meters. Muhammad also put up huge numbers during an All-American career on the gridiron with totals of 3,397 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns on the ground over 559 carries. Muhammad led the Serra League in rushing as a 2012 senior with a career-high 1,420 yards and 18 scores.
Harper and Treggs Look to Lead Receivers
Chris Harper and Bryce Treggs exploded onto the scene as true freshmen a year ago when both caught touchdown passes in their first collegiate game in the season-opener against Nevada, becoming the first pair of true freshman to score touchdowns in their first game at Cal since Justin Forsett and Marshawn Lynch in 2004 against Air Force.
Harper, a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection by Phil Steele and named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch list, played in all 12 games with starts in each of the team’s final five contests in 2012. He posted 41 catches for 544 yards and two touchdown receptions to rank second on the team in all three categories, while his 13.3 yards per catch was also second on the club among regulars and third overall. His reception and receiving totals were just shy of true freshman school records posted by Keenan Allen (46 catches in 2010) and DeSean Jackson (601 receiving yards in 2005).
Treggs played in the team’s first nine games with eight starts before missing the final three contests due to injury. He finished with 21 catches for 216 yards and one touchdown.
Rodgers Slims Down for New Role
After playing his first two seasons as a tight end at Cal, the role of Richard Rodgers is expected to change this season. Dykes has moved Rodgers and the rest of last year’s tight ends over to the wide receiver position. As a result, in order to prepare for the position change and maximize his potential, Rodgers lost 30 pounds – from 275 to 245 – during the offseason.
Rodgers played in 11 games with seven starts and recorded 20 receptions for 288 yards and one touchdown a year ago. Rodgers had a notable game in Cal’s victory over Pac-12 South Division champion UCLA when he racked up career highs of seven receptions and 129 yards receiving, with one catch going for 50 yards and another for 42.
Offensive Line Play Critical To Team Success
The play of the offensive line will more than likely have a major impact on the team’s success in 2013. The Bears return two full-time starters from a year ago in left guard Jordan Rigsbee and center Chris Adcock, who moves to his new position after starting 11 games at right guard in 2012. Freddie Tagaloa also has experience and is listed as the starter at the left tackle position on the depth chart after significant contributions in 2012 when he played in 11 games off the bench as a true freshman. On the right side of the line, the Bears are expected to have a pair of redshirt freshman starting with Matt Cochran at right guard and Steven Moore at right tackle.
Coleman Leads Talented Defensive Line
The team’s defensive line could be one of its top strengths in 2013. The group is led by Deandre Coleman, who has been Cal’s most decorated player in the 2013 preseason. Coleman is on the watch list for the 2013 Outland Trophy given annually to the nation’s top interior lineman and is also a second-team preseason All-Pac-12 selection by Athlon, College Sports Madness and Phil Steele, as well as a third-team pick of Lindy’s. In addition, he is a candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Award given annually to the country’s top lineman on either side of the ball or linebacker, as well as the Bronco Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award given to the nation’s top defensive player.
Coleman played in all 12 games in 2012, recording a team-high-tying 8.5 tackles for loss (-32 yards), plus 3.0 sacks (-20 yards) to rank third on the club and 48 total tackles to lead all defensive linemen.
D-Line Gets a New Look
With the move from a 3-4 to a 4-3, several of the team’s outside linebackers from a year ago have made the transition to defensive end. The rush end position will be manned by Chris McCain, who is making a transition from an outside linebacker role the last two seasons where he played in 21 games with 16 starts that are the most among active Cal players. McCain was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick in 2012 after recording team-high-tying totals of 8.5 tackles for loss (-38 yards) and 3.5 sacks (-27 yards), with the yards lost for both the most on the club. He added 50 tackles, a team-high four quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery.
New Crew at Linebacker, Too
Michael Barton, Khairi Fortt and Hardy Nickerson are expected to play a major role at linebacker this season with none of the three having seen action at Cal previously. The trio will join veterans Nick Forbes, Jalen Jefferson and Lucas King on the team’s depth chart at linebacker.
Forbes, who missed much of training camp due to injury, has the most experience of the group and is the mostly highly decorated in the preseason as a fourth-team All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele, on the watch list for the preseason College Football Performance Awards Linebacker Trophy, and a candidate for the Butkus Award and The Jack Lambert Trophy as the nation’s top linebacker. He had a strong 2012 campaign in which he was played in all 12 games with eight starts, finishing second on the team with 85 tackles while ranking 11th in the Pac-12 with an average of 7.1 stops per contest. In addition, Forbes is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® and the Wuerffel Trophy presented for community service involvement.
Jefferson will go into the 2013 season as the starter at strong-side outside linebacker (SAM) after a promising campaign in 2012 when he started seven of the eight games he played in and recorded 47 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards).
Although Fortt did not play in his first season at Cal in 2012 as he recovered from an injury, he compiled two-year totals of 50 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss (-23 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-16 yards) over 22 games and one start during two seasons at Penn State in 2010 and 2011. He is listed as one of the nation’s “Top 10 Players Back from Injury” by Athlon in its preseason magazine.
King saw the first action of his career in 2012 when he played in 11 of 12 games primarily on special teams and contributed four tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-12 yards) and 1.0 sacks (-12 yards).
Defensive Backs Have Opportunity to Shine
Despite losing three of its top four defensive backs from a year ago, the Bears still have several defensive backs with starting experience in the defensive backfield in Kameron Jackson, Michael Lowe, Stefan McClure and Avery Sebastian.
Jackson and McClure will take over the starting roles at the two cornerback positions. Sebastian is listed along with Damariay Drew as the two possible candidates to start at strong safety, while Lowe is the starter at free safety. Alex Logan also has experience starting in the secondary.
Jackson is best known for his three-interception game in a victory over Pac-12 South Division champion UCLA that earned him several honors, including Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
McClure, who was listed as an “Impact Player” by the Sporting News in its 2013 preseason magazine, returns after missing the entire 2012 season with a knee injury suffered in the final game of the 2011 campaign. McClure played in 11 games with two starts and recorded 24 tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss (-5 yards) and one interception before his injury as a true freshman in 2011.
Sebastian was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection in 2012 among non-returners and kickers. Sebastian finished with 56 tackles a year ago to rank fifth on the team and was 45th in the Pac-12 with an average of 5.1 stops per game.
Lowe co-led the squad with three interceptions that he returned for a team-high 67 yards in 2012, while ranking fourth on the club with 69 tackles.
D’Amato Leads Pac-12 in Field Goals Made and Percentage
Cal will have first-team All-Pac-12 placekicker Vincenzo D’Amato back in the fold in 2013. D’Amato is a preseason first-team All-Pac-12 choice of Lindy’s and Sporting News, a second-team selection according to Athlon and College Sports Madness, and a third-team pick by Phil Steele. D’Amato is also on the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Placekicker Trophy, a candidate for the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top placekicker and the No. 8 draft eligible place kicker in the nation prior to the season according to Phil Steele. He is also a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.
D’Amato reclaimed a starting role in 2012 after two campaigns behind Giorgio Tavecchio and led the conference in field goals made (1.33 fgmpg) to give Cal the Pac-12’s top field goal kicker for the second consecutive season. D’Amato finished fifth in the league in field goal percentage (16-23, 69.6%) and per-game scoring among kickers (6.5), while ranking 12th in scoring overall and putting up a team-high 78 points by adding 30-of-33 extra points. At one point, he made 11 consecutive field goals.
Leininger Returns After Promising Freshman Season
Cole Leininger returns for a second season as Cal’s punter. He is a third-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice of Phil Steele and a candidate for the Ray Guy Award in 2013 after a solid freshman season when he played in all 12 games and averaged 39.9 yards per punt. Leininger also forced opponents to make 26 fair catches and pinned them inside their 20-yard line 13 times with only one touchback as Cal’s net punting average was 54th nationally and 22 spots better than Leininger’s individual ranking.
• Legendary former Cal football head coach Pappy Waldorf (1947-56) came to Berkeley after previously coaching at Northwestern for 11 years (1935-46). Waldorf was Cal’s coach when Northwestern defeated the Bears in the 1949 Rose Bowl.
• Former Cal All-American OL Ted Albrecht is Northwestern’s radio analyst.
• Cal wide receiver Kenny Lawler and Northwestern safety Davion Fleming both attended Upland High School.
Cal announced its season captains following its workout on Friday, Aug. 23, after a vote earlier in the day was tabulated with Jackson Bouza, Deandre Coleman, Stefan McClure and Freddie Tagaloa were selected as the Golden Bears’ season captains. Offensive lineman Mark Brazinski was also announced as a game captain for the team’s season opener against Northwestern.
A Look Back at the Jeff Tedford Era
The 2013 season opener vs. Northwestern will be the first time the Bears take the field without Jeff Tedford as their head coach since the beginning of the 2002 season. The all-time leader in head coaching wins in the history of Cal football, Tedford was head coach from 2002-12 ending his tenure at Cal with a record of 82-57, including a 5-3 record in bowl games and seven wins over Stanford. Cal averaged just under eight wins per year in the first nine seasons under Tedford and ranked tied for third among Pac-10 teams in victories during that period. Tedford led the Bears to eight bowl games in the 11 seasons when he was at the helm – the 2002 team was also bowl eligible but couldn’t play in a bowl game due to an NCAA violation. In addition to the numerous postseason appearances, the Bears were a mainstay in the national top-25 rankings for the majority of Tedford’s tenure, and 40 of players went on to be selected in the NFL Draft during his tenure, including Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch, Desean Jackson and Jahvid Best. Approximately 90 percent of his players were either drafted or earned their degrees. Tedford was twice named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year (2002, 04) and he led the Bears to a co-Pac-10 title in 2006.
Chuck Muncie Remembered
During Saturday’s contest, the late Chuck Muncie will be honored. Muncie, who passed away on May 14 at the age of 60, capped a tremendous three-year career at Cal as a senior in 1975 when he led the Golden Bears to a share of the Pac-8 title and was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, a consensus first-team All-American, the Pac-8 Offensive Player of the Year, winner of the Pop Warner Trophy given to the top senior on the West Coast and a team captain.
At the time he left Cal for the NFL, Muncie held school career records for rushing yards (3,052), rushing touchdowns (32), 100-yard rushing games (15) and all-purpose yards (4,194). His 1,460 rushing yards and 1,871 all-purpose yards in 1975 stood as the most in Cal history for a single season for 29 years, while his 13 rushing touchdowns were the school’s single-season record for 16 years.
The History of Memorial Stadium
Originally completed in November 1923, Memorial Stadium is dedicated to University of California, Berkeley students, alumni and other Californians who lost their lives in World War I. Cal boasts an all-time record of 319-218-16 (.591) at Memorial Stadium. The Bears have enjoyed 12 undefeated home campaigns, including three in the past decade (2004, 2006, 2008). Cal has twice won eight home games in a season (1924, 1938). Memorial Stadium is also home to one of the most memorable moments in college football history – “The Play” – Cal’s five-lateral kickoff return on the final play of the 1982 Big Game to beat Stanford.
Cal fans will have the opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the first season of the Sonny Dykes era through The Drive, a new series that will air in 14 episodes on the Pac-12 Networks this fall. The show will debut with an hour-long special on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. PT that will focus on summer training camp and the first two games of the 2013 season. For the subsequent 13 weeks, the program will be 30 minutes and air twice each Wednesday across all seven networks (7 and 9:30 p.m.). Check the Pac-12 Networks TV Schedule for additional repeats of the show, or visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get the Pac-12 Networks.
Cal in the NFL
Cal has a total of 43 players on NFL rosters as of Aug. 26, 2013, which is the second-most among Pac-12 schools behind only USC. Cal has had 44 NFL Draft selections in the 11 drafts held since 2003, including eight first-rounders. Four former Cal players were chosen in the 2013 NFL Draft: WR Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers – third round, No. 76 overall), OL Brian Schwenke (Tennessee Titans – fourth round, No. 107 overall), CB Steve Williams (San Diego Chargers – fifth round No. 145 overall) and CB Marc Anthony (Baltimore Ravens – seventh round, No. 247 overall).
Listen to Cal Football on Inside the Locker Room
Cal fans can listen to head football coach Sonny Dykes, as well as assistant coaches and Cal football players throughout the season on Inside the Locker Room, formerly known as Cal Coaches Corner. Inside the Locker Room will air during the football season on Wednesday nights from 7-8 p.m. on KGO Radio 810 AM, and is hosted by Todd McKim. Coaches and student-athletes from the other 28 Golden Bear sport programs, as well as athletic department staff will also appear on the show that begins on Aug. 28 and continues into March. The winter portion of the show will feature head coaches Mike Montgomery and Lindsay Gottlieb from the Cal men’s and women’s basketball programs.
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