Red Box Bowl/Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Bears feel an advantage playing in Bay Area; Illinois no push over have beaten two big schools

photo from Red Box Bowl at Levis Stadium will host the Illinois Illini and the Cal Bears on Mon Dec 30th

On the Red Box Bowl/Cal Bears podcast with Morris:

#1 At the Red Box Bowl presser on Friday Cal head coach Justin Wilcox and the players were in a great mood

#2 How good does it get for Cal having the Bowl game set in the Bay Area against the Illinois Illini did Wilcox or any of the players address having to play the game in the Bay Area.

#3 In talking with Cal quarterback Chase Garbers quite a year certainly wants to end his season with a win at the Red Box Bowl

#4 Last season the Bears played at the Cheez It Bowl in a game they lost to TCU 10-7 it was kind of a sleeper but being the in Bay Area and the Illini being a good team this could be a shoot out

#5 Coach Wilcox says turnovers can’t be the rule of the day as the Illini took advantage using seven turnovers to upset Wisconsin and win at Michigan State in their two marquee wins.

Morris is a Cal Bears beat writer and does the Bears weekly podcasts each Monday at

Former San Jose State offensive coordinator named to College Football Hall of Fame

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By: Ana Kieu

Dennis Erickson’s last stop as an assistant football coach was at San Jose State for the 1979 through 1981 seasons before a long, successful career as a head coach. Even though it’s just the first week of the New Year, Erickson will be planning a December 10th visit in New York City for an induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Erickson and Joe Taylor, who won 70.6% of his games and four national championships at historically black colleges, are the two head coaches joining 13 players to be named to the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class.

During his three seasons at SJSU, Erickson oversaw one of the most potent offenses in college football with Jack Elway as the Spartans head coach. SJSU had a winning season in each of his three years and was the 1981 Pacific Coast Athletic Association champion.

With Ed Luther at quarterback in 1979, SJSU was second nationally in passing offense and seventh in total offense. The next two seasons with Steve Clarkson at quarterback, SJSU was 10th in passing offense. The 1981 team included future NFL players: halfback Gerald Willhite, wide receivers Stacey Bailey, Mervyn Fernandez and Tim Kearse, and tight end Tracy Franz, was sixth in Division I-A in scoring offense.

Erickson came to SJSU after assistant coaching positions at Idaho and Fresno State. His first college head coaching position was at Idaho from 1982-85 followed by stops at Wyoming in 1986, Washington State from 1987-88, Miami (Fla.) from 1989-94, Oregon State from 1999-2002, back to Idaho in 2006 and Arizona State from 2007-11. Erickson’s teams were declared national champions for the 1989 and 1991 seasons and won six conference titles. He was a two-time national Coach of the Year and compiled a head coaching record of 179-96-1.

Erickson also was a head coach in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks (1995-98) and the San Francisco 49ers (2003-04). He was the only one of six FBS coaches on the ballot named to the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame class. Taylor was the coach selected from the Divisional ballot covering NCAA Divisions I-AA (now Football championship Subdivision — FCS), II, III and NAIA.

Coaches are eligible for consideration after 10 seasons as a head coach and achieving a winning percentage of .600 or higher for a career of 100 or more games.

Former SJSU head coaches John Ralston (1993-96) and Fielding Yost (1900) and halfback Willie Heston from the 1898 through 1900 Spartan teams are enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame based in Atlanta, Ga.

Stanford Cardinal and Sun Bowl podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Pitt and Stanford arrive in preparation of Monday’s game Players of the Pitt Panthers and Stanford Cardinal arrived at El Paso Airport on Wednesday in preparation for the Sun Bowl scheduled for New Year’s Eve.

On the Stanford Cardinal and Sun Bowl podcast with Jerry Feitelberg:

#1 Both the Pitt Panthers (7-6) and Stanford Cardinal (8-4) arrived in El Paso on Wednesday in preparation for the Sun Bowl. It’s the first time both teams have met since 1932.

#2 Wearing a Sombrero, Stanford head coach David Shaw dances during the Sun Bowl’s pregame festivities coach. Shaw danced while a mariachi band played. It’s been something of a tradition with coaches arriving to the Sun Bowl.

#3 KJ Costello quarterback for the Cardinal will get his chance to throw in the Sun Bowl, Costello during the 2018 season threw 263 for 396 for 3534 yards and 29 touchdowns.

#4 Stanford running back Bryce Love carried 166 times for 739 yards and six touchdowns. Love has chosen not to play in the Sun Bowl because he’s preparing to join the 2019 NFL Draft.

#5 Jerry sets the stage at the Sun Bowl and who he picks to win this Bowl game.

Jerry does the Stanford Cardinal podcast each Thursday at Dec-27-2018

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Surprise for Cal to be bowl eligible as they head to the Cheez-It Bowl

photo from The Cal Bears will take on the Horned Frogs from TCU Wednesday December 26th for the Cheez It Bowl at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix

On the Cal Bears football podcast with Morris:

#1 Cal Bears head coach Justin Wilcox call Cal’s invitation to the Cheez-It Bowl a reward for the players.

#2 After losing nine straight Big Games and taking the loss last Saturday to Stanford, the Bears certainly welcome the chance to be in this bowl game.

#3 The Cheez-It Bowl will be on Wednesday, December 26th, which will be played on artificial turf at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

#4 Speaking for the school, Wilcox said it was important for the students, faculty, a reward for players what does this do for the university.

#5 Cal (7-5) and the TCU Horned Frogs (6-6) almost have identical records and season. Morris tells us how he sees this matchup.

Morris does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at

NCAAFB podcast with Michelle Richardson: It was the Pitts for Pitt upended by Clemson; Ohio’s offensive unit does the trick in laying out Northwestern; plus more

photo from Yahoo! Sports: Washington Huskies head coach Chris Peterson hoists the Pac-12 Championship Trophy after defeating the Utah Utes at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara on Friday night.

On the NCAAFB podcast with Michelle:

#1 Clemson (13-0) got a huge win over Pitt (7-6) Saturday 42-10 to their fourth straight ACC title. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 12-24 for 118 yards and Pitt’s quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled, throwing 4-14 for for just 14 yards.

#2 The Ohio State Buckeyes (12-1) finished off Northwestern (8-5) 45-24. The Buckeyes dominated, thanks to fine offensive quarterbacking of Dwayne Haskins throwing for 499 yards, was picked off just once and had five passing touchdowns but the amazing thing was he got one touchdown on a shot gun and his offense did the rest of the work.

#3 The Washington Huskies (10-3) hoisted the Pac-12 Championship trophy on Friday night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara with a 10-3 win over the Utah Utes (9-4). Huskies quarterback Jake Browning threw for 187 yards and a touchdown as that was enough to get past the Utes in defensive game. Plus Michelle’s final thoughts.

Michelle Richardson does the NCAA football podcasts each Sunday at

NCAAFB Podcast with Daniel Dullum: Crimson Tide go perfect; Central Florida stays undefeated; Clemson finishes undefeated: plus more

photo from Alabama defensive lineman LaBryan Ray (89) exits the field after the Iron Bowl Nov. 24, 2018

NCAAFB podcast with Daniel Dullum:

1) Poll and playoff update, coaching rumors Helton stays with USC Trojans contrary to the firing rumors, Texas Tech fires Kingsbury, Illinois Lovie Smith was extended for next season.

2) No. 1 – Alabama steamrolls Auburn to complete undefeated regular season

3) No. 9 – Central Florida remains unbeaten, loses quarterback McKenzie Milton to possible knee injury

4) No. 2 – Clemson is 12-0 after lopsided win over South Carolina State; Florida State’s bowl streak ends at 36 after loss to No. 11 Florida

5) Arizona State comes back for wild win over U of Arizona in Tucson, Sun Devils improve to 7-5; Minnesota reclaims Axe Trophy in win over Wisconsin 37-15; Stanford win over UCLA

Daniel Dullum is filling in for Michelle Richardson for the NCAAFB podcasts this week at

San Jose State podcast with Ana Kieu: Football and men’s basketball try to look beyond the losses

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On the San Jose State podcast with Ana:

1. Football first! San Jose State lost to Nevada 21-12 on Senior Day last Saturday.

2. San Jose State gears up to take on rival Fresno State before a national ESPN television audience this Saturday.

3. Not much luck for men’s basketball. San Jose State went to Bimini, Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam, only to lose to Weber State, CSU Bakersfield and Central Michigan. San Jose State has lost four in a row. What do they need to do to beat Santa Clara this Saturday like they did last year?

4. Women’s volleyball ended the season on a positive note. Thali Gee and and Luiza Andrade were named the Mountain West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

Ana does the San Jose State podcasts each week for

Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey Friedman: Cardinal get roughed up in the Bahamas in Battle 4 Atlantis tournament

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On the Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Joey:

#1 Wisconsin Badgers (5-0) held off a Stanford Cardinal (2-3) comeback on Wednesday as Wisconsin got a convincing 62-42 win in the first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

#2 Ethan Happ led the Badgers with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Nate Reuvers blocked 9 Cardinal shots, and Wisconsin earned a semifinal date with Oklahoma (4-1) on Thanksgiving Day.

#3 Wisconsin did not score a single 3-pointer until the final minute.  Stanford, meanwhile, fared much worse, hitting 27 percent from the field – 11 percent behind the 3-point arc (2 of 18). Happ did the job defensively, holding KZ Okpala to 2-of-12 field goal shooting and 11 points, well short of the 22.7 points per game he was averaging.

#4 The Cardinal struggled with the Florida Gators (3-2) on Thanksgiving, dropping behind the Gators at the half, traveling to the Bahamas and playing Wisconsin and Florida and struggling against both. Was it a matter of both teams dominating Stanford or was it the travel, time difference and exhaustion for the Cardinal?

Joey does the Cardinal podcasts each Friday at

Stanford Cardinal Football podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: Cardinal well rested after a week off as they prepare for UCLA

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On the Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Jerry:

#1 After the Big Game in Berkeley was moved to December 1st, was this bye week that bought more rest for the Stanford Cardinal (6-4)?

#2 The Cardinal are in UCLA (3-8) this Saturday. The Cardinal are 6-0 when forcing at least one turnover and 0-4 when not forcing a turnover.

#3 The Cardinal’s four loses have come about in AP’s #3, #7, # 16, and #18 teams, which consist of Notre Dame, Washington State, Washington, Utah. The teams are 37-7 for the season.

#4 It’s been a long time since the Cardinal had seven-plus receptions going back to 2000 when DeRonnie Pitts carried that season, and for this season, Trent Irwin and JJ Arcega each had seven receptions.

#5 Stanford is at UCLA this Saturday. How do you match these teams up?

Jerry has your Stanford Cardinal podcasts each Thursday at

Cardinal fly to the Southland to take on UCLA

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By: Ana Kieu 

After this year’s Big Game was rescheduled for Dec. 1, the Stanford Cardinal had no other option, but to focus on their soon-to-be opponent, the UCLA Bruins, whom they’ll take on this Saturday inside the Rose Bowl. 

Here’s what you need to know about Stanford-UCLA: 

Stanford Cardinal (6-4, 4-3)
UCLA Bruins (3-8, 3-5)
Nov. 24, 2018 at Noon PT
Rose Bowl (90,888) in Pasadena, Calif.

Live national broadcast on Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Yogi Roth (analyst) and Jill Savage (sideline).

Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station–KNBR 1050 AM–with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and Troy Clardy ’97 (sideline). The broadcast begins one hour before kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and concludes with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report.

The game can be heard on Stanford student radio–KZSU 90.1 FM–and online at


What You Need to Know
  • 1 • Stanford is 6-0 this season when forcing at least one turnover, and 0-4 when not forcing a turnover.
  • 3 • Stanford football players have conducted interviews in three foreign languages this season—JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Spanish), Jesse Burkett (Japanese) and Osiris St. Brown (German). All other Stanford football interviews this year have been done in English. 
  • 3 • Kaden Smith is one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award, joining T.J. Hockenson (Iowa), Albert Okwuegbunam (Missouri). The winner will be announced on Dec. 5. 
  • 4 • Stanford’s four losses this season have come against the AP’s curent No. 3, No. 7, No. 16 and No. 18th-ranked teams in the nation (Notre Dame, Washington State, Washington, Utah). Those four teams have a combined record of 37-7 (.841) this season.
  • 4 • Colby Parkinson tied a school single-game record with four touchown receptions against Oregon State on Nov. 10. The only other Cardinal to pull off that feat was Ty Montgomery against Cal in 2013 and Ken Margerum against the Beavers in 1980. Parkinson is the first FBS tight end with four touchdown catches in a game since 2011 (Northwestern’s Drake Dunsmore), and just the fifth to do so since 1996. Parkinson also finished with a career-high six receptions and 166 receiving yards— the most receiving yards by a Cardinal tight end since Coby Fleener’s 173-yard game in the 2011 Orange Bowl.
  • 7 • The last time a Cardinal had seven-plus receptions in three straight games was DeRonnie Pitts in 2000. This season, Trent Irwin and JJ Arcega-Whiteside each had seven-plus receptions in the same three-game span (Utah, Arizona State and Washington).
  • 8 • Parkinson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after his four-touchdown performance against Oregon State. Since it was established in 1983, Parkinson is just the eighth tight end to win the conference’s weekly offensive award, and the first since Stanford’s Zach Ertz in 2012.
  • 10 • Stanford has won a series-record 10 consecutive games over the Bruins, dating back to 2009 and including the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game. It is the all-time longest winning streak by any opponent against the Bruins.
  • 11 • Biletnikoff Award semifinalist JJ Arcega-Whiteside ranks fifth nationally–and first among Pac-12 players–with 11 receiving touchdowns. That’s the second-most in a season in Stanford history and the most receiving touchdowns for a Cardinal in 38 years–Ken Margerum had 11 in 1980, while James Lofton set the school record with 14 in 1978.
  • 13 • In addition to his 49 receptions and 754 receiving yards this season, Arcega-Whiteside has drawn 14 penalties this year–12 pass interference and two holding calls for 190 penalty yards (1.6 penalties/game and 21.1 penalty yards/game).
  • 15 • Paulson Adebo ranks second nationally with 16 pass breakups and sixth in the NCAA with 17 passes defended. He ranks atop the Pac-12 in both categories.
  • 20 • K.J. Costello ranks among the Top 20 nationally in completion percentage (12th), completions per game (15th), passing efficiency (18th), passing touchdowns (20th), passing yards (17th), passing yards per game (13th) and yards per attempt (17th). He leads the Pac-12 in efficiency (156.9) and is second in the conference in passing yards (2,854) and yards per attempt (8.65).
  • 21 • Stanford’s seniors finished their careers 20-5 (.800) at Stanford Stadium. In the last four years, the Cardinal has won 37 games, three Big Games, two Pac-12 North titles, a conference championship, and has played in the Rose Bowl, Sun Bowl and Alamo Bowl.
  • 25 • Don’t expect many points immediately after halftime. Stanford has allowed just one touchdown and never more than seven points in the third quarter this season. The Cardinal has only allowed 25 third-quarter points in its first 10 games (2.5/game). The only touchdown allowed was vs. Washington State. 
  • 37 • Trenton Irwin has at least one reception in 38 consecutive games, a streak that ranks seventh nationally.
  • 43.64 • Jake Bailey’s 43.64 career punting average ranks first in program history. Bailey posted the second-best punting season in school history last year, averaging 45.4 yards/punt. He led the Pac-12 and ranked seventh nationally. 
  • 121 • The 121st Big Game was rescheduled due to the poor air quality caused by the devastating wildfires in Butte County. The game will be played on Dec. 1 at noon on Pac-12 Network. Cal is Stanford’s most common opponent (next is USC with 98 all-time meetings). Stanford’s 63 wins over the Bears are also its most against any opponent.
  • 387 • Costello’s 387 yards of total offense (45 rush, 342 pass) vs. Oregon State on Nov. 10 were the most for a Cardinal since Josh Nunes had 393 against Arizona in 2012, and 14th-most in school history.