Former assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb has accepted the head coaching position of Cal's women's basketball program, athletic director Sandy Barbour announced today.
Gottlieb is returning to Berkeley after serving three seasons as the head coach of the UCSB's women's basketball. She will be addressing the media in full tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
You can read the complete release here
We're seated right at half court up on press row for Cal's match up with rival Stanford this afternoon. Whether or not you're able to watch or listen at home, chat with us here for updates and analysis throughout the game.
Just a reminder, tonight we'll be hosting a live chat during the Cal basketball game against Stanford from press row of Haas Pavilion.
If you can't make it on campus for the game, you can watch on CSN California or listen on KNEW 910 AM. While you watch or listen, chat with us - and many more Cal fans - about the game as it happens right here in Berkeley.
The game tips off at 4 p.m., so we'll have the chat live starting at 3:45 to hash out any pregame news or updates before the Bears take the court. We hope to chat with you here, on the Bear Blog home page, this afternoon!
Hours before the first fans are set to arrive at Haas Pavilion, the men and women who's job it is to broadcast Cal's game against Stanford tonight pulled up into Berkeley to set up for the day's work.
At 10:00 a.m., members of Comcast's crew parked behind Haas Pavilion and set to work for a game that wouldn't tip off for another six hours - and that's when the real work will begin.
We showed up right along with the television crew to catch a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into bringing Cal hoops to all of you at home.
Of course, if you are going to be home tonight, make sure you chat with us live during the game while you watch.
Comcast SportsNet has coverage of tonight's game with tip off at 4:00.A crew member unloads cables from the bowels of the production truck.The necessary cables are wired from the truck, through an opening and into the lower level of Haas Pavilion.Crew members discuss the day's plans outside of the production truck.Inside the truck, producers prepare for game coverage.Here's a peak at how the producers will see the game and choose what you'll see at home.
Thursday's 75-51 loss to No. 2 Stanford was the last regular season game for two seniors on the Cal women's basketball team. While much of the squad will return next year, Rachelle Frederico and Rama N'Diaye's careers as Golden Bears are coming to an end.
Although the score did not end up favoring the Bears, the two seniors - and the entirety of the Cal roster - can be proud of the effort put forth throughout the year.
Cal will leave next week for Los Angeles to play in the Pac-10 Tournament at the Galen Center on the USC campus. The Bears will tip off the tournament on Wednesday, March 9.
Here are the final photos from the Bear Blog's
trip to Palo Alto for last night's game.
The Bears shake hands with the Cardinal following Thursday's match up.Senior Rama N'Diaye looks on as her final regular season game for the Bears comes to a close.The Bears huddle for the final time during this year's Pac-10 Conference schedule.
The Cal women's basketball team fell to No. 2 Stanford 75-51 last night in Palo Alto, concluding the Pac-10 schedule for the Bears and seniors Rachelle Federico and Rama N'Diaye.
Federico led Cal with 16 points in her final regular season game in a blue and gold jersey. Freshman Lindsay Sherbert added 13 of her own and sophomore Layshia Clarendon finished with 12 points on the night. You can read a recap of the game here
The Bear Blog
was fortunate enough to be sitting courtside for the game and caught all of the action from there. Here are some photos from the pregame festivities, with more posts to come throughout the day.
Coach Joanne Boyle (Center) and her assistants during the national anthem.
The Cal women's basketball stands during the national anthem.
Assistant coach Kevin Morrison jots down some notes at the scorers table, right in front of where we were sitting.
The Bears huddle up one more time before tip off.
Coach Boyle looks on while her starting lineup is announced.
Just moments ago, the Cal men's basketball team sat down to watch film of upcoming opponent Stanford. The Bears got dressed for their upcoming workouts - in the weight room and on the court - before sitting down in the film review room with coach Mike Montgomery.
The Bear Blog
was on hand for all of this, so check out the pictures below. Of course, if you are following us on Twitter
, you already got a look inside their locker room
We'll be heading down to the weight room in a bit for even more photos and coverage of the team, so stick around.
Sophomore Robert Thurman uses the computers in the locker room before film review begins.The Bears get dressed for practice while assistant coach Travis DeCuire (center) looks on.Richard Solomon (right) and Nigel Carter (center) wait for film review to start.Once coach Mike Montgomery entered the room, the players immediately focused in preparation for Stanford.
The Cal men's basketball team is about to convene in Haas Pavilion to begin its normal Thursday routine in preparation for Saturday's match up with Stanford here in Berkeley.
The day's events will begin at noon with a team meeting and film review, followed by a weight lifting session at 12:30. As soon as that workout is finished, the Bears will hit the floor for practice.
We'll be there for all of it, so stay tuned for photos and updates throughout the afternoon.
Ever wonder what a day looks like in the life of a Cal basketball player? If you haven't, I'm assuming you are now - which is good news since we'll be bringing that to you right here this afternoon.
The Bear Blog will be with the men's basketball team throughout the day today as it prepares for a big match up with Stanford on Saturday night. We'll be with the team during its meetings, weight lifting session and practice, so keep it here and follow us on Twitter
for updates throughout the day.
In case you haven't heard by now, the Cal men's basketball team is playing Stanford on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.
Thanks to the Bear Blog, you have an opportunity to go to the game for free (read this post
for all of the details). The Cal athletic department must be in a good mood, because there's more good stuff coming your way on Saturday as well.
If you're planning on being in Berkeley for the game, you can pick up a "Beat Stanford" t-shirt for only five bucks.
Here's how: starting at 2:30 p.m., "check-in" on your Facebook for iPhone application (or at touch.facebook.com), claim the deal and show it to a cashier at the Cal Team Shop. If you use a Blackberry or Android, don't worry - if you "check-in" on your Facebook application and show that to the cashier, you'll get a shirt for five bucks as well.
If you don't want to hold out for free tickets - the winners will be contacted this afternoon - you can still purchase tickets to the game here
. And if you're not able to be in Berkeley, you can chat with me live right here on the Bear Blog
during the game.
Here are some iPhone screen shots to show you how to get a five dollar shirt.
Update: You still have more than 24 hours to participate in this giveaway before the winners are selected.
Two weeks ago, the Bear Blog gave away tickets
to 20 lucky fans to see the Cal men's basketball team play USC at Haas Pavilion.
Fortunately for you, we're back with another ticket giveaway. This time around we'll be giving out five pairs of tickets to see the Bears conclude their season this Saturday night against Stanford.
The rules are simple (and exactly the same as last time around): retweet this tweet
to be put in the running to win a pair of tickets. Be sure to follow the Bear Blog on Twitter
If you're not on Twitter, comment on this post and provide an accurate email address - after all, if you win we'll have to contact you to let you know about it - and you will still have a chance to win.
We will contact the winners Thursday afternoon. If you win, we will ask you for the full name that the tickets should be waiting under at will call.
As if you needed any more incentive, remember that the Bears are currently on a three-game winning streak after sweeping the Oregon schools this past weekend.
After Saturday's tilt, Cal will head down to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 tournament - meaning that this is your last opportunity to see the Bears in action in Berkeley. This is your chance to see it all for free.
Just a quick reminder: the Bear Blog
is giving away 10 tickets to the Cal men's basketball tilt versus Stanford this Saturday at Haas Pavilion. Read about how to win a pair of tickets to the game here
Additionally, we will be hosting a live chat from press row during the game, so even if you can't make it to Haas we can make you feel as if you are. You'll be able to access that chat on the blog home page
The game will be broadcast by CSN Bay Area on television and 910 KNEW on the radio, meaning you should tune in there and chat with us here.
After a closely fought loss - much like the one suffered by Cal last night to USC by the score of 78-75 - the last thing a player or coach wants to do is discuss the ins and outs of that loss to a room full of inquiring minds.
While you may take the postgame news coverage of your favorite teams for granted, it is the compliance of the athletes and coaches to speak to the media that make such stories possible.
Last night, I was on hand during the postgame press conference at Haas Pavilion, not to jot down quotes or ask prying questions, but to capture the mood of the Bears while having to face the media immediately after a difficult defeat.
Here are a few photos from when media spoke with senior Markhuri Sanders-Frison and head coach Mike Montgomery following last night's game.
Senior Markhuri Sanders-Frison awaits questions during the postgame press conference.
Cal head coach Mike Montgomery speaks to the press after losing to USC 78-75.
Montgomery looks down while listening to the questions of the assembled media members.
Once the Cal basketball players are properly taped and stretched, they head out on to the floor of Haas Pavilion for a pregame shoot around.
As before, I was on hand with Bear Blog
photographer James Besser to see the Bears throughout every step of their game day experience.
The pregame shoot around begins as a free-for-all - each player shoots from all over the floor and continues to loosen up. Cal then heads briefly to the locker room before reemerging as a unit for a more coordinated, unified warm up as a team.
The Bears then stretch some more before going back to the locker room for the last time before tip off. We were there for all of it, and the best of the photos taken are waiting for you right here.
Junior Nigel Carter looks on as starting guards Jorge Gutierrez and Brandon Smith stretch out.
Guard Jorge Gutierrez warms up his jump shot.
Sophomore Robert Thurman works on his jump-hook.
Robert Thurman (right) and Bak Bak work under the basket during warm ups.
Sophomore Bak Bak works on his stroke before the evening's match up with USC.
Freshman Richard Solomon takes the floor with the rest of his team.
Earlier this year, Cal beat USC by a bucket, 68-66. The opposite true tonight following the Bears' second match up with the Trojans this season, with USC topping Cal 78-75.
The Bears played without star freshman Allen Crabbe for the second game straight. Crabbe has more time to recover from a concussion suffered against Washington on February 10 before Cal hosts UCLA on Sunday evening.
Despite the disappointing result for the Bears, I enjoyed much of the evening as I got to meet some of the ticket giveaway winners
throughout the second half. As I continue to have giveaways - which, I assure you, I will - I hope to meet many more Bear Blog
I will be back tomorrow with an exclusive look at the Bears' pregame routine that you won't see anywhere else, so be sure to check back in then. As always, you can follow the blog Twitter
for all of your up-to-the-minute Cal news.