Stanford Cardinal football podcast with Michael Roberson: Taylor says Cardinal will be “champions here”

Stanford Athletic Director Bernard Muir (left) and newly hired head coach Troy Taylor (right) at Mon Dec 12, 2022 press conference introducing Taylor at Stanford University (AP News photo)

On the Stanford Cardinal podcast with Michael Roberson:

Stanford Cardinal newly hired head coach Troy Taylor said during Monday’s press introduction that the Cardinal has a bright future and “We will be champions here. I don’t know when it will happen, but we will be champions here.” Taylor emphasized that the direction of the Cardinal is headed in the right direction despite what some people might say of the football program.

With the NIL deals and college football teams that are just all about offense with student transfer portals things in the NCAA have vastly changed impacting the way things used to be done in college football leaving the Stanford program left behind. The Cardinal attendance.

Taylor is pushing the envelope to make the Cardinal who were once bowl bound and who had many former student athletes graduate to the NFL. Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir said that the Cardinal program will be heavily involved in the NIL and transfer portal.

What was most impressive of what Muir did was hire Taylor over NFL and power 5 schools coaches. At Sacramento State Taylor didn’t have winning records when Taylor joined that program in December 2018 he got them three Big Sky titles and that impressed Muir that Taylor was able to turn the Sacramento State program around and he could do the same with more resources at Stanford.

Michael Roberson is a Stanford Cardinal football beat writer for

San Jose State adds Ohio State and Sacramento State to future football schedules

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By Ana Kieu

SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State’s busy summer lining up future non-conference football opponents continues with a pair of teams the Spartans will be playing for the second time each in university history.

San Jose State will make a trip to Columbus, Ohio, for a September 9, 2023 game against Ohio State. The Spartans played the Buckeyes, then-ranked #5 nationally, in Ohio Stadium, on Columbus Day (October 12, 2002) losing 50-7.

The San Jose State-Ohio State game will be the 11th in Spartan football history against a Big Ten Conference member. Besides losing at Ohio State, San Jose State has a 1-1 record with Illinois, a 1-3 mark against Minnesota, and a 0-2 goose egg against Wisconsin. Prior to the trip to Columbus, San Jose State has a September 19, 2020 game at Penn State.

According to San Jose State University Athletics Director Marie Tuite, this game with Ohio State fits our three-pronged non-conference football scheduling philosophy for a season.

One game per season against an Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pacific-12 Conference or Southeastern Conference member.”

Two games with at least one of them at home against members belonging to either the American Athletic Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference or the Sun Belt.

One home game against a FCS school.

“This model gives our football program the opportunity to experience the game in some of the largest venues in the country and provides unique travel opportunities for our players, coaches and fans.”

When San Jose State played at Ohio State, the announced attendance of 104,892 remains the largest crowd to see a Spartan football game in person.

The second half of San Jose State’s announcement on future football opponents was more local in nature and matched Tuite’s scheduling philosophy.

San Jose State will open the 2024 season on Aug. 31 at home against nearby Sacramento State, just over a two-hour bus ride to San Jose. The Spartans and Hornets met in the 2013 season opener for both teams. San Jose State emerged with a 24-0 shutout in CEFCU Stadium, the same site as the next meeting between these teams.

In the last 18 months, San Jose State has announced home-and-series with Toledo, UTEP, and Western Michigan and road games at Penn State in 2020 and at the University of Southern California in 2024.

Capital City College Report: Aggies & Hornets lose in tournament games on Saturday

by Charlie O. Mallonee

UC Davis vs Oakland GCI Great Alaska Shootout

UC Davis completes its Alaska adventure

The Aggies lost their final game of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies of Michigan 79-66 on Saturday. The loss dropped the Aggies into sixth place in the tournament with a 1-2 record.

“I told the team that I was pleased overall with their effort, and I’m encouraged, not discouraged, by this tournament and where they are thus far.” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les , “This team has a huge ceiling, I love everyone’s competitive nature.”

Oakland’s 3-point shooting did the Aggies in

The Golden Grizzlies shot 41.7-percent (10-for-24) from 3-point range. They hit seven of those 3-pointers in the first half. The Aggies hit 4-of-10 from beyond the 3-point line. Both teams hit 25 two-point field goals.

Oakland also outscored UC Davis at the free throw line. The Golden Grizzlies scored 19 points from the charity stripe while the Aggies added just 12 points from the free throw line.

Oakland had four players in double figures; UC Davis had three in double digits

  • Chima Moneke of UC Davis led all scorer with 21 points
  • Mikey Henn had 11 points for the Aggies coming off the bench
  • Siler Schneider added 10 points bench points for UC Davis
  • Stevie Clark was the leading scorer for the Golden Grizzlies with 19 points
  • Martez Walker scored 16 points with four field goals, four 3-pointers and 4 free throws
  • Nick Daniels supplied Oakland with 12 points
  • Isaiah Brock added 10 points to the Golden Grizzlies total

“That is a good basketball team (Oakland) that is going to win 20 to 25 games, win their league (Horizon) and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. I told my team that we went toe-to-toe with them; we have some things that we need to clean up, but I like where this team is as long as we stay healthy and continue to work,” said UC Davis head coach Jim Les.

What’s next for UC DavisĀ 

The Aggies will return to action on Saturday, December 3rd when they will travel to Moscow, Idaho to play the 3-2 Idaho Vandals.


Sacramento State loses EWU Tourney opener to USF

The Sacramento State Hornets lost their opening game in the Eastern Washington University Tournament to the University of San Francisco Dons 77-59 on Saturday. The win lifted the Dons to 4-0 on the season while the Hornets drop to 1-4.

The Dons had four players score in double figures

  • Chase Foster scored a career high 18 points in 23 of playing time to lead the USF scoring attack
  • Marquill Smith put up 12 points in eight minutes and was a perfect 2-for-2 from 3-point land and 6-for-6 from the free throw line
  • Nate Renfro and Jordan Ratinho added 10 points each
  • The Dons shot 54.7-percent from the floor and 50-percent (11-for-22) from long distance
  • USF led this game wire-to-wire

Nick Hornsby led the Hornets attack

  • Forward Nick Hornsby put up 20 points and grabbed 9 points in 34 minutes of playing time
  • Justin Strings was the other Hornet who scored in double figures recording 18 points
  • Sacramento State struggled shooting in the first half going 10-for-30 (33.3-percent) from the field
  • It was the Hornets 3-point shooting – 7-of-17 (41.2-percent) – that kept them close in the half
  • The Hornets shot 42.8-percent in the second half but that was not enough of an improvement to catch the Dons
  • Sac State also hurt themselves at the free throw line by going just 8-for-15 (53.3-percent) from the stripe

The Hornets have no time to rest as they are back in action on Sunday

The Hornets will face the University of Denver Pioneers (1-3) on Sunday at 12:05 PM PST. The Pioneers lost to Eastern Washington on Saturday night 85-80 in overtime.

Informantion from the sports information departments of UC Davis and Sacramento State contributed to this report