Cal-Stanford Football podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal’s Garber and Stanford’s Mills looking forward to invite family to games

The Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers (7) looks for a receiver in this file photo as Garbers says he’s looking forward to the Pac 12 allowing family and fans in the stadium for Pac 12 games this season (file photo from sfgate.com)

On the Cal/Stanford podcasts with Morris:

#1 Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers was asked how much it means to him to quarterback against his younger brother Ethan quarterback for the Washington Huskies on Nov 7th at Berkeley.

#2 Garbers did say if it’s safe he would be excited to see players parent but his own parents there for the game against his brother Ethan and the Huskies. Just to have family there Garbers said would be extra special.

#3 Right now fans are banned from Pac 12 games but last September 24th the Pac 12 Conference board voted for student athlete familes to be able to attend Pac 12 games.

#4 Stanford Cardinal quarterback David Mills family who live in Georgia got to see Mills on the last day of last season in Central Florida. Mills says his family is ready to travel see Mills for home games at Stanford this season family and fans permitted.

#5 Morris WSU running back Max Borchi said that it’s important to the student athletes to have family at games it’s the backbone of having your family’s support at the games.

Morris joins the Cal/Stanford Pac 12 podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Pac 12 Foootball podcast with Morris Phillips: Can Scott get the Pac 12 on network television?

What will be the next move for Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott as major network television are not interested in broadcasting Pac 12 games (awfulannouncing.com)

On the Pac 12 Football podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris how much trouble is the Pac 12 in when they can’t get a TV deal?

#2 Morris talk about the networks who didn’t want any part of the Pac 12 CBS, Fox, and ESPN.

#3 Morris turning to Cal Bears football, outside linebacker Tevin Paul had opted out and lineman Luc Bequette transferred. Cal defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon said that since the season was switching to the fall from spring he had little time to find replacements and is working with what he has to get ready for the season.

#4 Sirmon said that he has enough players to develop outside linebackers in place of Paul’s departure for example Sirmon said he has Cam Goode is an excellent rusher and Braxton Croteau physically has developed into a good linebacker. Sirmon sounds pretty confident in the linebacking position.

#5 Cal lineman Brett Johnson had Covid 19 during the summer but has been cleared for practice. Johnson said while he had it he didn’t take a second test during his time in quarantine because of dead traces of the virus in your body. Johnson said he just stayed in his house playing video games and eating chicken pot pie.

Join Morris Phillips for the Pac 12 podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears Football podcast with Michael Duca: Is bringing back the Pac 12 all about health and safety or the big bucks?

Cal Bears and Pac 12 Football will return on November 6th the first of a seven game schedule and will be headed up by Cal Bears head coach Justin Wilcox (USA Today file photo)

On the Cal Bears Football podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 There have been arguments already about the return of Pac 12 football namely that it is a mistake for them to return after it was originally postponed. The Cornavirus count has not gone down and could hit as many as 250,000 into January and February. Is the Pac 12 making the responsible decision in enacting a new season next month?

#2 The Pac 12 CEO and University of Oregon president Michael Schill said Thursday that health and safety is one of the Pac 12’s number one priority. Do you still see right through the real motive here that these universities are under immense pressure by the alumni donars, sponsors and parents of the student athletes because it’s really about the bottom line?

#3 The Mountain West also with the Pac 12 announced they will return in November and like the Pac 12 the MWC will tell you this is all about that the students and their academics come first, and as student athletes that their health and safety and following the safety protocols for the players and it’s team personnel and education come first before anything else.

#4 The Pac 12 has a seven game season starting Nov 6th and the MWC plans to have a eight game season starting October 24th. Did the conferences decide to play this fall because they feel it was better for more interest to than in the spring?

#5 Pac 12 men’s and women’s basketball is also set to return on Nov 25th which gives basketball just a month to prepare and get ready for regular season play other than the safety issues do you see this being like any other Pac 12 basketball season and being competitive and worry free?

Michael Duca does analysis on the Cal Bears at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Cal Bears report: With California leading in Covid cases in the nation Pac 12 shuts down sports for the fall

Cal Athletics image from calbears.com

By Morris Phillips and Michael Duca

BERKELEY–In what seems like no end in sight the Pac 12 group today voted to cancel all fall sports through the end of 2020 and will plan to resume play in the spring. This was given careful consideration after consulting with the Medical Advisory Committee and the athletic directors of each of the Pac 12 schools.

The committee made clear they were very concerned about practices that involved contact sports such as football. The Pac 12 said when they see that the virus has flattened in a safe way and that cases have gone to a safe number the conference will consider returning competitive sports with a target date of Jan 1, 2021.

Student athletes will have their scholarships guaranteed, the Pac 12 also is offering NCAA grant students who already have opted out of sports programs another year of eligibility for this school year. Those students will receive from their universities advisement and tutoring as support from canceled sports programs and their academic education.

University of Oregon president Michael H. Schill said that he along with students, coaches, and staff is disappointed that it had to come to this but Schill said putting safety is job number one, “All of the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision, and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, the coaches, support staff and all of our fans,” said Schill. “Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year.”

Cal Athletic director Jim Knowlton and Cal Chancellor Carol Christ put out a heartfelt statement knowing that this impacts students athletes who have worked all their school lives to get to this point only to see their season canceled under such pandemic circumstances, “We are aligned in our support for the Pac-12’s decision to postpone fall sports. While the decision was difficult, it is consistent with our shared commitment to the health and well-being of Cal’s student-athletes, coaches and staff. Our hearts go out to the student-athletes who will not have the opportunity to compete this fall. We are incredibly proud of how they have been navigating the disappointments and uncertainties surrounding their athletic pursuits, and we will do all that we can to support them during these difficult times. We look forward to the day when they will be able to, once again, train for and compete in the sports they love. We look forward to the day when we can, together with members of Cal’s extended family, once again cheer them on as they pursue excellence on the field of play.”

Morris Phillips and Michael Duca are beat writers and podcasters for Cal Football at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Cal Bears podcast with Michael Duca: Pac 12 Commissioner dismissive on players demands

Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that he will not meet with Pac 12 players any further regarding stronger safety protection issues and eligibility protection status if they opt out for this season (file photo from mercurynews.com)

On the Cal Bears podcast with Michael:

#1 Pac 12 players have said that in their discussions with Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott regarding Covid-19 safety issues and stronger protection status said Scott had not offered any concrete mandates.

#2 Over the weekend Pac 12 players said they will opt out for this season if the following is not instituted out of concern for safety issues, continuous Covid-19 testing and the protection of players eligibility status that choose to opt out due to safety reasons.

#3 In the NFL close to 70 players have already opted out will that be kind of signal for college players that opting out might be the choice to make based on all the safety data and all the latest news

#4 The players had a statement through The Players Tribune which outlined the players needs before the start of the season, the players also said that Scott was “condescending, unprepared and unwilling” to meet with them again and that Scott said the players could go meet with conference’s medical advisory board.

#5 There were a combined number of Cal and Stanford players involved in the negotiations with the Pac 12 up to at least 15 players from both schools but after seeing how Scott handled his last meeting with the players do you see a number of players coming on board to opt out and joining in to be more vocal for their demands?

Join Michael Duca for Giants and Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

Headlines Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Pac 12 scheduling conference games only; SEC Commissioner says season highly likely in jeopardy

Stanford Cardinal Athletic Director Bernard Muir shared his concerns as the Stanford Athletic Department has already cut 11 programs and are looking at more than a $12 million deficit for the Stanford Athletics 2021 season (photo from sfgate.com)

On Headline Podcast with Morris:

#1 The Pac 12 took the Big 10’s lead and have scheduled only conference games only.  The decision is not only for the football program but it extends to other college sports as well.

#2 Cal reported that 47 new cases of Cornoavirus has spread these cases were confirmed just last week  when the Cal Greek Club met and reported that they were infected. Which confirms that classes won’t be held on campus this fall.

#3 At the beginning of the crisis back in March there were 23 reported cases of Covid-19 on  the Cal campus but since the re-opening at the end of last May these 47 new cases and the spiking of the epidemic have the Cal campus scrambling not to have classes at the campus.

#4 Last week Stanford canceled 11 athletic programs and as SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey stated he highly doubts their will be a football season in the SEC and that extends to the Pac 12.

#5 Not only is Stanford cutting sports programs they reported that their starting to have budget problems. Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir shared his concerns stating that even before the pandemic Stanford was looking at a $12 million projected deficit for 2021.

Morris Phillips does Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Reopening spikes have impact on college programs and recruiting

Fatuvalu Iosefa is one top recruit that Cal picked up during the off season but the program has slipped from being in the top three in recruiting in the Pac 12 being overtaken by Oregon and USC (Golden Bears blog)

On Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 NCAA Football Division 2’s Moorehouse College in Atlanta announced that they have canceled their program this season due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Moorehouse is one the best known black colleges in the NCAA.

#2 Also it was reported that the official US Covid count was really ten times higher than the reported two million plus cases causing fears and forcing games scheduled with Memphis against Tennessee State and Jackson State to be canceled due to the pandemic.

#3 The Covid crisis is also impacting Under Armour who had to cancel their $250 million 15 year deal with UCLA also their ten year $86 million deal with Cal, as revenue has dried up due to high umemployment and less people spending money.

#4 The Cal Bears who were No.3 in recruiting in the Pac 12 has slipped out of the top three as Washington and UCLA have moved past Cal.  Oregon and USC have moved into No.1 and 2. Cal who had recruited Fatuvalu Iosefa but he was not enough to keep them in the top 3 recruiting list.

#5 Coronavirus has played a role in recruiting. Cal is looking to pick up some players to come west but their are many players who are hesitating right now. So far Cal has offered out 101 scholarships.

Join Morris Phillips for Headline Sports each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal to allow outdoor workouts football goes first; MLB players mulling over 60 game proposal; plus more

Cal Bears football head coach Justin Wilcox will prepare the program with Covid-19 protocols as outdoor workouts will start on a voluntary basis (si.com file photo)

On Headline Sports with Morris:

#1 Cal athletes have been given the go ahead to start working outdoors, still the issue of safety will be a question as Coronvirus has spiked in places like Florida. The Bears workout will be voluntary.

#2 Some of the ground rules set up to start workouts as all workouts will be outdoors that include running and conditioning. These workouts are required to be under supervision of the Cal athletic staff and the players workout in small groups.

#3 The Cal football program will be the first of the athletics program to start at outdoor workouts the plan is in motion as other athletic programs will come back throughout the summer.

#4 In baseball MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has rejected MLB Players Association representative Tony Clark’s proposal to come back playing 70 games instead of the 60 game offering by Manfred. Manfred said the season must end by September 30th because of the second wave of Coronavirus that Dr. Anthony Fauci said that is coming. The players reject the 60 game schedule because they will not get as much from prorated pay as opposed to the 70 games.

#5 Dr. Fauci further noted that it might not be possible for an NFL season because of a second wave. Some of the country has re-opened but has spiked and in Florida with some 3,000 new cases everyday.

Join Morris each Monday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal announces it’s pre season All-Pac 12 team; MLB and players still far apart; plus more

The Cal Bears linebacker Kuony Deng (8) one of 12 players selected by Cal for the 2020 Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-Pac 12 team  (photo from You Tube)

On Headline Sports podcast with Morris:

#1 The Cal Bears football team is excited to announce the 12 selections on the Athlon Sports’ 2020 Preseason All-Pac-12 team, on the second team picks RB Christopher Brown Jr and defensive players, ILB Kuony Deng, CB Camryn Byrnum and S Elijah Hicks, and on the third team picks Nikko Remigio punt returner, OL Jake Curhan, QB Chase Garbers and OL Michael Saffell on offensive, while DL Luc Bequette, OLB Cameron Goode and DL Brett Johnson on defense.

#2 Morris last week Cal Bears analyst Lee Grosscup passed away at age 86, Lee served as analyst on the Cal broadcasts with play by play announcer Joe Starkey for 34 years since 1986 to 2019 and “The Cupper” prior to working Cal games did color for the defunct USFL Oakland Invaders with Starkey between 1983 to 1985. What did Lee mean to Cal broadcasts.

#3 After receiving huge criticism from fans and people inside baseball alike Oakland A’s owner John Fisher said on Friday that he made a mistake and will pay his minor league players the $400 a week salary for the rest of the of the minor league season which ends August 31st. According to labor laws minor league players pay is abhorrent and they would not have been eligible for unemployment. Did Fisher make the decision out surmounting  to public pressure or did he do it because it was the right thing to do?

#4 MLB players and owners are far apart from getting the 2020 season started the players are asking for a 82 game schedule with prorated pay and paid in full. The owners want to reduce the pay and go for a 48 game schedule which the players are rejecting.

Morris joins Sportstalk each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Grosscup and Starkey had a great working relationship; Attles and Unseld battled during NBA Finals in 75; plus more

Lee Grosscup who quarterbacked for Utah and was a color analyst with play by play announcer Joe Starkey for Oakland Invader games 1983-1985 and the Cal Bears from 1986 to 2004 passed away on Monday (photo Kelly L Cox KLC photos)

On Headline podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Jerry talk about former Cal Bears color announcer Lee Grosscup who called games with play by play announcer Joe Starkey. Joe said that “the Cupper” was always prepared and had all his notes down in his head and put on a fantastic broadcast game after game.

#2 Grosscup and Starkey worked Cal broadcasts from 1986 to 2004 and was a post game analyst from 2005 to 2018 and retired and came out of retirement and contributed to Bears broadcasts last season.

#3 A lot of people didn’t know this but Grosscup and Starkey both called Oakland Invaders of the USFL games on KGO Newtalk 810 during the 1983 to 1985 seasons and they had great ratings for the games until the league started to fold in 1986.

#4 He was chosen number 50 as one of the NBA’s greatest players in history, won a NBA title with the Washington Bullets in 1978 and remembered for his brawl with Golden State Warriors coach Al Attles in the 1974-75 NBA Championship game, Wes Unseld one of the NBA greats passed away at age 74.

#5 Jerry under the NBA’s 22 team playoff format the oddsmakers have the Boston Celtics as the best chance to win it all. The Celts are loaded with players such as Jason Tatum (ppg 23.6), Kemba Walker (ppg 21.2), Jaylen Brown (ppg 20.4 )and Gordon Hayward (17.3 ppg).

Join Jerry for Headlines podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com