Pac 12 podcast with Jerry Feitelberg: With USC and UCLA pulling out who will fill their bill in the Pac 12?

Pac 12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff addresses the media on NCAA basketball media day on Tue Oct 12, 2021 in San Francisco. Kliavkoff said recently that he had expected playoff expansion would increase league revenue but with UCLA and USC leaving that could change the revenue picture quickly (AP file photo)

On the Pac 12 podcast with Jerry F:

#1 Pac 12 college presidents and chancellors Friday gave the Pac 12 the nod to “explore all expansion options” after UCLA and USC decision to move to the Big Ten.

#2 The Pac 12 presidents said they are committed to upgrading the Pac 12 for the excellence of the students athletes. With UCLA and USC leaving there is no doubt it leaves a huge void.

#3 LA is a huge TV market second in the nation it’s a big task to replace a USC and UCLA and the Pac 12 as of yesterday are not sure where to start looking.

#4 As of Friday’s announcement the Pac 12 colleges are not only scrambling to replace USC and UCLA but Washington and Oregon are also considering joining the Big Ten what impact will that further on the Pac 12 to lose the Huskies and Ducks.

#5 The loss of USC and UCLA not only impacts the football and basketball programs but all the other sports as well and some of the rivalries as well. The Pac 12 has also suffered in it’s TV Network as well in recent years.

Jerry Feitelberg covers Stanford Cardinal football and basketball for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Jose State Spartans SID Hall of Famer Lawrence Fan passes at 67

Photos of San Jose State Spartans SID Lawrence Fan (left) holding up Fan Cakes and (right) addressing the news media at San Jose State University (file photos by San Jose State Spartans)

By Michael Duca and Ana Keiu

SAN JOSE–Lawrence Fan, the longtime SID for the San Jose State Spartans, has passed away at age 67, as announced by the Spartan Athletic Director Jeff Koyna Wednesday afternoon. The news of Lawrence’s passing was a shock to Spartan athletes, employees, members of the media, students and alumni, as many had just seen Lawrence at work Monday.

It was reported that Lawrence, who normally showed up to work like clockwork, didn’t call or show to work on Tuesday and the University became concerned and later learned of his passing on Wednesday as announced by Koyna.

Lawrence worked with thousands of student and student athletes over his illustrious 42 year career. Many can look back and thank Lawrence for his advice and helping them advance whether it was in athletics or in their media careers.

One of the highlights for Lawrence was in 2012 when he was elected to the CoSIDA Hall of Fame. Lawrence, started as an SID at SJSU in 1980, (that was the same year that the hit movie The Blues Brothers was a box office smash), never missed work and worked all the sports at the University.

Former Spartan football player Neil Perry suffered amputation of a leg, but returned to playing football for the Spartans in 2003 for eight games. Needless to say, this inspirational story drew national attention. A flood of press coverage at his first game was one of Lawrence’s many shining moments. Lawrence was inundated with media requests from all over the country, which at the time Lawrence said was the busiest period he had ever had at Spartans football.

Another highlight for Lawrence was the 2020 football team that went 7-1, an almost perfect season. That Spartan team took the Mountain West by storm finishing finishing ahead of second place Boise State by two games. We never got a chance to interview Lawrence about his long 42 year career but what stories he could have told. 

Lawrence was also know for Fan cakes, which were served to the media during Spartans basketball games. It was a treat that everyone that covered Spartan games looked forward to.

The Spartan’s women basketball team were playing Air Force at SJSU in a 68-59 loss when officials learned of Lawrence’s passing. The Spartan women didn’t learn about the shocking news until 1:30 pm.  All athletic staff and athletes  were in a state of disbelief  at the news.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Cal can’t hold on just miss with 60-58 loss to Utah

Utah guard Gabe Madsen (55) shoots against California guard Jordan Shepherd at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Sat Feb 19, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris, the Utah Utes (10-16) didn’t score for almost seven minutes in the second half and the Cal Bears (11-17) almost took advantage of it cutting the score down to two points. The Bears made a valent effort at the end but couldn’t seal the deal taking a tough 60-58 loss at Haas Pavilion.

#2 Later though Utah found the basket and pulled away with just over seven minutes left in the game.

#3 The Utes held the lead in this one from the opening tip with a first half lead by 32-24 and couldn’t muster up to catch the Utes in the closing minutes of the game.

#4 The Bears Lars Thiemann 16 pts, Jalen Celestine, Kuany Kuany and Jordan Shepherd finished with 10 pts and Grant Anticevich with eight.

#5 Cal tips off against the Stanford Cardinal next Sat Feb 26 the Stanford has won only two of their last six games and lost to the Utes last Thursday 60-56. Tell us how you see this match up next Saturday.

Join Morris for the Cal Bears basketball podcasts each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Ducks hold off Cardinal 68-60; fourth loss in six games for Stanford

Oregon center N’Faly Dante (1) shoots over Stanford forward Maxime Raynaud (42) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene on Thu Feb 10, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Thursday, February 10, 2022

Sparked by a season-high 21 points by De’Vion Harmon, Oregon defeated Stanford 68-60 Thursday in Pac-12 men’s basketball at Eugene, Ore.

It was the Cardinal’s third game in five days, and seventh of eight games over a 17-day period.
Harmon was 8-of-15 from the field, including three 3-pointers for the Ducks (16-7 overall, 9-3 Pac-12).

Along with Harmon’s efforts, Will Richardson scored all 12 of his points in the second half. N’Faly Dante added 12 points and seven rebounds for Oregon.

Maxime Raynaud and Michael O’Connell each scored 11 points to lead the Cardinal (14-10, 7-7), followed by Harrison Ingram and Brandon Angel with 10 points each.

Angel had his first career double-double by also pullng down 10 rebounds in Stanford’s second straight loss to Quadrant One teams in the NET rankings.

The Ducks led by eight at halftime and opened the second half with an 8-2 run, capped by a Dante dunk.

The Cardinal held Oregon without a field goal over the next six minutes, but didn’t muster much offense themselves, as the Ducks maintained a five-point lead when Richardson’s basket midway through the second half ended their drought.

Raynaud cut Stanford’s deficit to three with a basket on its next possession, but that was as close as the Cardinal would get. After Ingram missed a 3 with 35 seconds left, Richardson made four straight free throws.

Overall, Oregon made 13 of 15 from the foul line, while the Cardinal made 4 of 4. Stanford committed 17 turnovers.

Stanford visits Oregon State on Saturday; tip-off is at 7:30 p.m.

Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris Phillips: Big step in fixing I880 shooting of Ransom in arresting suspect right away

Former Cal Bears star point guard Gene Ransom was shot and killed while driving on I880 on Fri Feb 4, 2022. Ransom who played for the Golden Bears in the 70s was 65 years old (photo from the Cal Bears)

On the Cal Bears basketball podcast with Morris:

#1 Morris with the number of shooting deaths and injuries on I880 the City of Oakland and the CHP need to crack these cases of who doing these freeway killings such as the case of former Cal Bear basketball star Gene Ransom 65, who was shot and killed last Friday night in Oakland by suspect Juan Angel Garcia 25 .

#2 The circumstances was truly sad for Ransom’s girlfriend who was waiting for Ransom to pick her up and Ransom’s friend filmmaker Doug Harris previous to learning about his murder.

#3 Harris said during Ransom’s playing days said that Ransom was the greatest high school or college players that he ever witnessed. Harris had been teaching and coaching kids in high school and teaching them about gun violence and was taken away from the very thing he was teaching.

#4 Morris you said in your game recap the Cal Bears (9-15) on Saturday had a miss shot here and a failed pass there in your headline as the Bears lost by four 68-64 to the Washington State Cougars (14-7) at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

#5 Cal gets set for their next meeting in Corvallis against the Oregon State Beavers (3-17) the Beavers were just landsided in their last game by the Colorado Buffaloes (14-9) 86-63 in Colorado. The Beavers have lost three straight games and the Bears have lost ten straight games going into Wednesday’s game.

Join Morris for the Cal Bears podcast Mondays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Stanford Cardinal game wrap: Cardinal return to win column with 57-50 victory over Cal

Stanford Cardinal bench is excited with the results against the Cal Bears at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Tue Feb 1, 2022 (photo by Stanford Cardinal Athletics)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Stanford returned to the win column in Pac-12 men’s basketball Tuesday at Maples Pavilion with a 57-50 rivalry win over California.

Jaiden Delaire and Harrison Ingram paced the Cardinal’s balanced attack with 12 points each, and Spencer Jones and Michael O’Connell had nine points apiece, as Stanford held the Golden Bears to their lowest offensive output in the series since February of 2000. O’Connell also had three assists.

James Keefe pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds as the Cardinal (13-7 overall, 6-4 Pac-12) outrebounded Cal 35-28. The Bears (9-13, 2-9) were forced into nine turnovers.

While both teams struggled offensively, Stanford made shots when they needed to. An Ingram jump shot with 34 seconds remaining in the first half put the Cardinal ahead for good. In the second half, Stanford enjoyed a 6-0 run, capped by Brandon Angel’s 3-pointer with 11:23 remaining in the second half, giving the Cardinal 35-29 lead.

Cal responded with its own 6-2 run, but got no closer than 37-35.

The Cardinal made 21 of 50 field goal attempts (42 percent) while making only 3 of 15 3-point attempts. Stanford held Cal to 35 percent from the floor.

Stanford hosts Washington State on Thursday and Washington on Saturday.

No. 7 UCLA snaps Cardinal two-game winning streak, winning 66-43

UCLA guard Jules Bernard, center, struggles to keep possession of the ball while defended by Stanford forward Spencer Jones, left, and guard Isa Silva at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Sat Jan 29, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, January 29, 2022

UCLA went into Saturday’s Pac-12 men’s basketball game against Stanford shorthanded, but their personnel situation was hardly noticeable.

The No. 7-ranked Bruins shut down the visiting Cardinal 66-43 at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, gaining sole possession of first place in the conference.

Jules Bernard led UCLA with 16 points as the Bruins (16-2 overall, 8-1 Pac-12) won their sixth straight game. Jake Kyman scored a season-high 15 points in 27 minutes, helping a Bruins offense that was missing leading scorer Johnny Juzang, who sat out his second straight game due to COVID-19 protocols. Tyler Campbell contributed ten points and nine assists.

Also missing for UCLA: Jaime Jacquez Jr. and Jaylen Clark. Jacquez aggravated a right ankle injury just seven minutes in, and Clark sat out his third straight game due to concussion protocol.

Stanford (12-7, 5-4) had its problems on offense as the Cardinal had their two-game winning streak snapped. The Cardinal hit 13 of 48 field goal attempts, including 3 of 20 behind the arc. The Bruins defense forced 22 turnovers.

The Bruins, meanwhile, had their own offensive struggles, hitting 22 of 59 from the field while missing 25 threes.

Isa Silva led the Cardinal scoring with eight points off the bench, and Harrison Ingram, Stanford’s leading scorer, was held to five points while committing four turnovers.

Stanford returns home to host California on Tuesday night, opening a four-game home stand.

Late free throw shooting helps Buffs sink Cardinal 80-76

Stanford Cardinal forward Spencer Jones (14) gets plenty of reach to score against the Colorado Buffaloes at CU Events Center in Boulder on Sun Nov 28, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal Athletics)

By Daniel Dullum
Sunday, November 28, 2021

Clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute by Keeshawn Barthelemy helped Colorado defeat visiting Stanford 80-76 in the Pac-12 men’s basketball opener for both schools at the CU Events Center in Boulder.

With 1:49 left in the second half, Tristan da Silva hit a 3-pointer, putting the Buffaloes (6-1 overall, 1-0 Pac-12) up 73-66. The Cardinal (4-3, 01) responded with four layups, including one on a three-point play and anotther on a dunk by Lukas Kisunas, cutting Stanford’s deficit to 75-73 with :36 remaining.

Barthelemy made two free throws with 1:03 to play, two more at the :36 mark, and two more with 12 seconds remaining to establish the final score.

Evan Battey connected on all four of his 3-point tries and led Colorado with 22 points. Da Silva had 13 points and four assists, and Jabari Walker and KJ Simpson each added 12 points. Barthelemy, who was 8-for-8 at the free throw line, finished with 10 points.

Spencer Jones led the Cardinal with 15 points, hitting 5-of-6 from the field – including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers. Brsndon Angel was next with 13 points and Kisunas, who did all of his scoring in the final minutes, added 11 points and nine rebouinds. Harrison Ingram and Michael O’Connell each had five assists.

The Cardinal shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, including 10-of-24 3-point shots. Stanford was also 14-of-15 at the free throw line. Stanford outrebounded the Buffs 32-28.

Stanford returns to Pac-12 action on Dec. 12, when the Cardinal hosts Oregon.

Cardinal remain unbeaten on home court, upends North Carolina A&T 79-65

The Stanford Cardinal Max Murrell scores a career 18 points against North Carolina A&T at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto on Tue Nov 24, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Stanford returned to the win column with a fast start and a key second-half run as the Stanford Cardinal (4-2) defeated North Carolina A&T  (1-5) 79-65 Tuesday in non-conference men’s basketball at Maples Pavilion.

Max Murrell popped in a career-high 18 points for Stanford (4-2) on 5-of-8 floor shooting while making four of the Cardinal’s eight 3-pointers. Harrison Ingram contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.

Noah Taitz, James Keefe and Jaiden delaire each scored eight points for Stanford, Michael O’Connell and Spencer Jones had five and four assists respectively.

David Beatty led North Carolina A&T (1-5) with 13 points while making three 3’s. Filmore Webster and Marcus Watson each grabbed six rebounds for the Aggies. Kameron Langley dished out seven assists.

Stanford surged ahead to stay three minutes into the game, eventually building a 35-25 halftime lead. The Aggies cut their deficit to four at 53-49 midway through the second half. The Cardinal responded with an 18-2 run, capped by a Murrell 3, extending their lead to 71-51.

The Cardinal shot 55 percent in the second half (16-of-29) and held a commanding 51-31 rebounding edge. Stanford is 4-0 at home this season.

Stanford opens its Pac-12 schedule Sunday at Colorado.

Cal Bears football podcast with Daniel Dullum: Cal ready to battle Stanford for Axe in the Big Game Saturday

On the Cal Bears football podcast with Daniel:

#1 Daniel, last week’s game against the USC Trojans (4-5) postponed due to Covid 19 protocol issues with over 24 Cal Bears (3-6) players infected with the Bears coming off a 10-7 loss to the Arizona Wildcats (1-8) on Nov 6th and canceled last Sat Nov 13 would you look at last week’s postponement a good rest period or a game that the team wanted to get out battle USC and try and get back in the win column.

#2 The Wildcats had had such a horrible season they went in against Cal 0-8 have won a game all season and starting quarterback Will Plummer had been struggling under center all season with a low ratio of completed passes but with Cal coming along using most of their bench the Plummer and the Wildcats were able to get some daylight and get in the win column.

#3 The game in Arizona offensively for the Bears was one of their worst outing on offense the Bears in the first half just couldn’t get any offense jelling. Bears starting quarterback Chase Garbers was missed and back up Ryan Glover couldn’t get in the end zone getting shutout in the first half. Glover threw for 94 yards and no touchdowns.

#4 The Bears have their whole team back after being quarantined since that Nov 6th game in Arizona and have Garbers and the starters back. Talk about how much of a relief that has to be for head coach Justin Wilcox.

#5 The Big Game for the Axe is on deck as the Golden Bears head to Stanford University to play the Cardinal (3-7) at 4:00 pm PST. Daniel it seems no matter how bad or how great either team is doing it’s always like a grudge match a real rivalry when these two teams face each other.

Join Daniel for analysis and commentary on the Cal Bears podcast each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com