California Rumors & News

  • Former Texas Tech QB Davis Webb reveals why he picked Cal over Colorado

    Fox Sports "Davis Webb said it was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do. The grad transfer quarterback from Texas Tech, though, wanted to make sure the coaches at Colorado didn't hear the news from someone else first. Webb, a coach's son, had committed to CU in late January, signing financial aid..." May 24

  • Davis Webb explains decision to leave Colorado for Cal

    Fox Sports "Davis Webb said it was one of the hardest things he's ever had to do. The grad transfer quarterback from Texas Tech, though, wanted to make sure the coaches at Colorado didn't hear the news from someone else first. Webb, a coach's son, had committed to CU in late January, signing financial aid..." May 23

  • Davis Webb spurns Colorado, transfers to Cal

    The Score "Colorado's bad dream has turned into a reality. Months after committing to the Buffaloes as a graduate transfer from Texas Tech, quarterback Davis Webb is spurning Colorado and heading to California instead, he told Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports. Webb served as a backup last season, but..." May 19

  • Last 2016 5-star football recruit, WR Demetris Robertson, commits to Cal

    SB Nation "Receiver Demetris Robertson, the last uncommitted five-star prospect in the class of 2016, has decided to play his college football at Cal, he announced Sunday. The Savannah Christian Prep (Ga.) product is ranked as the top wide receiver in the country on the 247Sports Composite, as well as the..." May 01

  • Meet the fitness guru who shapes up Jared Goff and Carson Wentz

    Fox Sports "Heard of Ryan Flaherty? My hunch is you probably haven't, but he's about to have a unique distinction. After Thursday's NFL Draft, the 33-year-old former Utah State wide receiver-turned-strength/speed coach will have trained the top two overall picks in each of the past two drafts. Last year it..." April 28

  • Cal, Under Armour reach 10-year deal

    ESPN "The University of California-Berkeley and Under Armour have agreed to a 10-year deal that will begin with the 2017-18 school year. Sources say the deal is worth almost $86 million in cash and product. It includes a $3 million signing bonus, $3.5 million in cash per year and an average annual..." April 22

  • Cal's Hardy Nickerson transferring to Illinois to play for father

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal's football team lost a key defensive player Thursday when senior linebacker Hardy Nickerson announced he will graduate this summer and transfer to Illinois to play for his father, the Illini's new defensive coordinator. Nickerson, who led the team in tackles last season, said the decision..." April 22

  • UC pays $4.75M in suit over Cal football player Ted Agu’s death

    San Francisco Chronicle "The family of Cal football player Ted Agu, who died after a team drill in 2014, and the University of California settled a wrongful-death lawsuit for $4.75 million, bringing months of negotiations and litigation to a close, the two sides said Thursday. Agu, a defensive lineman and pre-med..." April 14

  • 5-star WR Demetris Robertson signs aid agreements with Cal and Georgia Tech

    College Football Talk "There was one significant player who did not sign on National Signing Day last month. Wide receiver Demetris Robertson was not expected to sign a National Letter of Intent on signing day the way so many others were, but he may have taken a giant step forward in bringing his recruiting process to a..." March 09

  • Jake Spavital named Cal’s next offensive coordinator

    San Francisco Chronicle "Cal has hired former Texas A&M offensive coordinator Jake Spavital as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the Bears announced Thursday. Spavital, 30, replaces Tony Franklin, who left Berkeley last month to take the same position at Middle Tennessee State. Spavital, fired Jan. 3..." February 12

  • Ex-Texas A&M OC Jake Spavital expected to become Cal OC

    SI "Former Texas A&M offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital is expected to be the new offensive coordinator for California coach Sonny Dykes, according to sources. One of college football's brightest young offensive minds, the 30-year-old Spavital and Texas A&M decided to..." February 05

  • Ex-Cal LB Michael Barton to join Arizona as grad transfer

    San Francisco Chronicle "Michael Barton will play his final season of eligibility at Arizona, the former Cal linebacker announced Sunday on Twitter. “I’m proud to be a part of the Wildcat family and eager to compete once again in the Pac-12,” Barton wrote. His choice of school comes seven weeks after Barton made..." February 01

  • University Of California Admits Fault In Death Of Football Player Ted Agu

    Deadspin "Ted Agu was like many Berkeley students, in that he wanted to go to medical school after graduating. But Agu was also a walk on defensive lineman for the football team. After a team offseason workout on the morning of February 7, 2014, he collapsed with breathing trouble. Agu was taken to the Alta..." January 30

  • K-State football lands Cal transfer cornerback Cedric Dozier

    The Topeka Capital-Journal "Kansas State's football team picked up some immediate help and some long-range help after a big on-campus recruiting weekend as national signing day approaches on Feb. 3. Cedric Dozier announced he will transfer from California to K-State for his final season, coming in with immediate..." January 25

  • Cal receiver Kenny Lawler headed to NFL

    San Jose Mercury News "First-team All-Pac-12 wide receiver Kenny Lawler, who caught 13 touchdown passes as a junior this fall, will announce this afternoon that he is bypassing his final year of eligibility at Cal to enter the NFL draft. ESPN's Joe Schad first reported the news. Lawler joins record-setting..." January 05

  • Cal's Goff plans news conference, expected to declare for NFL draft

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal junior quarterback Jared Goff will hold a campus news conference Thursday at 10 a.m., when he is expected to announce he will forgo his final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Goff, 21, has consistently declined to publicly discuss his future. He said after the Bears'..." December 31

  • Sonny Dykes and Cal to agree to a contract extension likely through 2019

    California Golden Blogs "Bruce Feldman has reported that Cal head coach Sonny Dykes has reached an agreement to a new contract extension with the Golden Bears. Specifics of the deal have not been released at this time. The sticking points in contract negotiations still remain unclear. But after an interview with..." December 10

  • NCAA: Win over Grambling counts toward Cal's bowl eligibility

    The Score "For the first time since 2011, Cal is eligible for a night of bowling. The NCAA confirmed Wednesday that the Golden Bears' season-opening victory against Grambling will count towards the six wins required to play in a bowl game. "We have conferred with both Grambling and the NCAA," Wes..." November 26

  • Cal seeks bowl waiver in case win over Grambling doesn't count

    CBS Sports "California has submitted a waiver to the NCAA that would allow it to count an FCS win over Grambling toward bowl eligibility, the school told Sources initially said there was a question whether Grambling would meet the required two-year rolling average of sponsoring at least 90..." November 25

  • Cal talking to Sonny Dykes about contract extension

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal athletic director Mike Williams said Monday that the university is holding talks with Sonny Dykes' representative about extending the football coach's contract, which runs through 2017. "It's my intention to keep him here," Williams said. "He has my full confidence. The answer is yes, I do..." November 18

  • Cal coach Sonny Dykes praises his QB by dissing Jameis Winston

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Cal coach Sonny Dykes is happy with his quarterback Jared Goff. Starting the season completing 73 percent of his passes and throwing three touchdowns in each of his first three starts has Goff off to a nice start. “He does some stuff I’ve never seen anybody do before,” Dykes told Sports..." September 23

  • Jared Goff breaks Cal's all-time records for passing yards, completions, total offense

    Fox Sports - College Football "Saturday was a career day for Cal quarterback Jared Goff, who broke three school records in the Bears' 45-44 win over Texas in Austin. In the first quarter, Goff used a 22-yard throw to Stephen Anderson to grab the all-time record for passing yards. The mark was previously held by Troy Taylor,..." September 21

  • Former Cal DE Sione Sina transfers to Utah for final season

    Salt Lake Tribune "Capping off an eventful Sunday was a report that former Cal defensive end Sione Sina will transfer to play for Utah. We can confirm that. Sina graduated from Cal with a degree in sociology and will use his final season of eligibility at Utah, deepening a rotation that includes Hunter Dimick,..." August 18

  • Former Cal DE Sione Sina transfers to Utah for final season

    Salt Lake Tribune "Capping off an eventful Sunday was a report that former Cal defensive end Sione Sina will transfer to play for Utah. We can confirm that. Sina graduated from Cal with a degree in sociology and will use his final season of eligibility at Utah, deepening a rotation that includes Hunter Dimick,..." August 05

  • Report: Baylor-Cal game in Australia no longer in the works

    CBS Sports "Turns out maybe -- just maybe -- you shouldn't go ahead and book that thousand-dollar flight to Australia, Baylor fan. ESPN reported Friday the Bears' proposed meeting with Cal in the Land Down Under "is off." Reports first surfaced last month that Baylor was exploring the possibility of..." July 03

  • Shurod Thompson decommits from Cal

    California Golden Blogs "Something, something about S. Thompson and a Cal recruiting decommit. Our streak is two! The decommitment of Shurod Thompson is a bit of a blow to Cal's early recruiting momentum. He committed to Cal in April and seemed really enthusiastic about it, but it apparently didn't work out. The Bears..." June 02

  • Three St. John Bosco players commit to Pac-12 schools

    Fox Sports West "Washington was never far from Sean McGrew's thoughts. Growing up he was a big fan of the Huskies. In his bedroom was a poster of Husky Stadium. With that as a backdrop, Wednesday's announcement shouldn't come as a surprise. In front of family, St. John Bosco students, and faculty, McGrew..." May 21

  • Cal's top football recruiter cited after arrest for soliciting prostitute

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal's top football recruiter was arrested April 16 as part of prostitution sting that netted five johns, according to police. Pierre Ingram, the Golden Bears' recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach, was arrested after he allegedly solicited an undercover officer online and then showed..." April 20

  • Former Cal DE Brennan Scarlett transferring to Stanford

    SI - College Football "Former Cal defensive end Brennan Scarlett is transferring to Stanford, the Cardinal announced on Tuesday. Scarlett is the first player to join Stanford's football team as a graduate transfer. In March, Cal interim athletic director Michael Williams said the school would not block Scarlett's..." April 14

  • Cal receiver Kenny Lawler adds size, strength

    San Jose Mercury News "Junior Kenny Lawler was Cal's most dangerous receiver by the end of last season, and now he's added strength in the offseason. Coach Sonny Dykes has seen the results after five days of spring workouts. "To me, Kenny's a different guy," Dykes said. "He's come back stronger and bigger and more..." March 20

  • Cal won't block Brennan Scarlett from transferring to Stanford

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal will not stand in Brennan Scarlett's way of transferring to play his senior football season at rival Stanford, interim athletic director Michael Williams said Tuesday. "Cal athletics will support Brennan's request," Williams wrote in an email reply to questions from this newspaper. The..." March 11

  • Brennan Scarlett leaves Cal football, grad school transfer for final year of eligibility

    California Golden Blogs "What has been worried about since the end of the season has been confirmed. Ryan Gorcey has confirmed through head coach Sonny Dykes that starting Cal defensive end Brennan Scarlett is leaving the program. Scarlett will graduate and use his final year of eligibility at another program, a la Avery..." March 10

  • Ex-Vol WR Vic Wharton headed to Cal

    Tennessean "Former Independence and Tennessee wide receiver Vic Wharton will transfer to Cal. Wharton announced his decision Saturday on Twitter. "Excited to announce that I will be attending the University of California next year! Thankful for the memories made at Tennessee. #GoBears," Wharton..." March 09

  • Notre Dame announces graduate transfer of Avery Sebastian

    Inside the Irish "A few days after safety Avery Sebastian announced his intentions, Notre Dame made the commitment and graduate transfer of the former Cal safety official. Sebastian will enroll in graduate school and join the team in June. “Avery Sebastian is an experienced and versatile player,” head coach..." February 18

  • Avery Sebastian transfers to Notre Dame

    California Golden Blogs "Cal safety Avery Sebastian has made his decision to transfer to Notre Dame next season. Time to go get those wins against USC and Stanford! Avery has one year of eligibility left, but Cal did not offer the grad program of his choice, so it was in his best interest to find a program that did...." February 13

  • Keith Washington flips commitment to Michigan from California

    Maize N Brew "The three-star athlete has joined the 2015 class as Michigan's 12th commitment. Another surprise for the Wolverines. Michigan has landed its second commitment of the day in the form of 2015 athlete Keith Washington (Prattville, Alabama), who has flipped his pledge to the Wolverines from..." February 04

  • Chris Harper declares for NFL Draft

    California Golden Blogs "California Golden Bears wide receiver Chris Harper is taking his talents to the next level. He's on his way to the NFL Draft. If there was anything Harper was as a Golden Bear, it was consistent. He always wanted to come to Cal, and after Harper got offered, he was quick to flip from SMU and..." January 07

  • Gamecocks await decision of QB prospect Brandon McIlwain

    The Post and Courier "South Carolina won't have to wait much longer to learn if it's won the recruiting battle for junior quarterback Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, Pa. McIlwain said he has made his decision and will announce it on Wednesday. McIlwain's final four schools were USC, Penn State, Auburn and..." December 29

  • Cal loses top tackler, leading picker to season-ending injury

    College Football Talk "For the second time in as many seasons, Griffin Piatt has seen his season cut short because of injury. A Cal spokesperson confirmed to‘s Kyle Bonagura that the safety will miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to an unspecified knee injury. Piatt suffered the injury in the Golden..." October 14

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Cal faces wrongful death lawsuit

    ESPN "The family of Ted Agu, a Cal player who died after a training run with teammates in February, will file a wrongful death lawsuit against The Regents of the University of California. A news conference will be held Tuesday at the Alameda County Courthouse in Oakland to announce the suit. Agu,..." August 04

  • Quarterback Ross Bowers commits to California Bears

    California Golden Blogs "Josh Rosen. Brady White. Jake Browning. Travis Waller. The list of quarterbacks that the Bears missed out on in the 2015 class is long as it is star-studded. We can, of course, debate ad infinitum about whether or not they could have, or even realistically should have snagged a commitment from any..." July 08

  • Jacob Wark transfers to join Beaver Nation

    CSN Northwest "The return of Jacob Wark to the Pacific Northwest is now official, as Oregon State football has announced he has joined their program as a transfer from California. The 6-foot-4, 250 pound tight end from Tualatin will be granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA after graduating from Cal in..." June 19

  • Report: James Looney transfers to Cal

    CSN Bay Area "Wake Forest defensive end James Looney is transferring to Cal, according to a report. James Looney is the brother of 49ers guard Joe Looney, giving the Bears a potential starter with an NFL bloodline, and at a unit that was otherwise bone dry." May 16

  • Zach Kline tweets he will play for Butte College in the fall, not Oregon State

    Oregonian "Looks like Zach Kline won't transfer to Oregon State, after all. Kline recently tweeted that he plans to play for Butte College in the fall after reportedly planning to join the Beavers for fall camp. Kline visited a spring practice in Corvallis earlier this month but denied a request for an..." April 30

  • Cal football has no place to go but up

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal is banking on Year 2 of the Sonny Dykes era to be much better than the first, if for no other reason than it can't get much worse. Dykes and the Bears opened spring practice Monday at Memorial Stadium hoping the rain that fell for more than half the session could help wash away thoughts of..." April 03

  • Clueless coach cites dead player in rules argument

    New York Post "Bret Bielema made an impassioned case in favor of the much-scrutinized proposal to slow down college offenses on Thursday night. And the Arkansas coach isn’t about to back down, despite a host of criticism from up-tempo, no-huddle coaches across the country. Bielema, speaking to the media..." February 22

  • Bret Bielema apologizes for 'death certificates' remarks

    CBS Sports "Bret Bielema may not be a fan of the hurry-up-no-huddle offense, but he didn't waste a lot of time in offering an apology about recent comments he made, either. "It was brought to my attention that remarks I made yesterday evening while discussing a proposed rule change were unintentionally..." February 22

  • In memory of Agu: Cal teammates, family honor a life cut too short

    Fox Sports "With tears falling from cheeks under the light of a near-full moon, more than 1,000 people stood in arms Wednesday night to pay tribute to Ted Agu, the 21-year-old, UC-Berkeley junior and defensive lineman who died suddenly last Friday morning during a routine training run. In a mass of..." February 14

  • Cal's Sonny Dykes has faith in two new defensive coaches

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal football coach Sonny Dykes called the hiring of his latest two defensive coaches "a make-it or break-it deal" for the future of his regime but stopped short of confirming movement on his staff is done. Still left to sort out are position assignments, which Dykes expects to announce within..." February 08

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