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JORDAN HEADED TO NEW ORLEANS

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Cam Jordan's wait in the green room of Radio City Music Hall in New York City has come to an end.

The former Cal defensive end was picked 24th overall by the New Orleans Saints to continue a streak of first rounders out of Berkeley that includes Tyson Alualu, Jahvid Best, and Alex Mack.

Stick around on Calbears.com for more extensive coverage of Jordan throughout the evening.


JORDAN STILL WAITING

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Former Cal defensive end is still waiting to be selected in the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. So where will he land?

There has been a lot of talk about the New England Patriots liking Jordan, to the point where some speculated they would trade up into the top ten to pick the former Golden Bear. With a rush of quarterbacks being taken in the top half of the first round, Jordan may still be there for the Patriots' original pick at 17th overall.

If Jordan lasts beyond New England, many more think he will end up in San Diego, which is certainly in the market for a defensive end.

Regardless, we should be getting closer to the point when Roger Goodell will call the former Cal standout's name from the podium.


JORDAN WAITS TO BE PICKED, LOOKS GOOD WHILE DOING IT

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With nine picks down in the 2011 NFL Draft, former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan is closer to hearing which team will select him with their first round pick.

Regardless of which team picks him, one thing is certain: Jordan is smiling and looking stylish in New York. Check out these photos from inside Radio City Music Hall, from Jordan himself.








WHERE WILL CAM GO?

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With the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft officially under way, there is plenty of speculation regarding where former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan will end up.

Earlier today, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the New England Patriots are looking to trade up to the Cowboys' ninth overall pick in order to select Jordan.

A few hours later, however, Michael Smith (also of ESPN) reported that the Patriots will not trade up to select Jordan after all. Knowing how New England operates on draft day, however, says that it could still certainly happen.

One thing is for sure: Cam Jordan is a consensus first round pick and is one of 25 prospects to be on hand at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for today's festivities. He should hear his name called sometime soon.


"CANDID CAM" COMING YOUR WAY

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Former Cal defensive end Cameron Jordan has made quite the name for himself heading into this week's NFL Draft.

The soon-to-be Berkeley alum is expected to go in the first round on Thursday night, extending a streak of first-rounders from Cal that includes Tyson Alualu (2010), Jahvid Best (2010), Alex Mack (2009), and Marshawn Lynch (2007).

(We should note that All-Pro wide receiver and return man Desean Jackson somehow slipped out of the first round in 2008, being picked up by the Eagles in the second round. Plenty of teams are certainly regretting that move now.)

Calbears.com will be hosting Cal NFL Draft Central for Thursday's first round and the Bear Blog will be functioning as an NFL Draft blog for the weekend.

We also will host Candid Cam, where Cameron Jordan will offer Bear Blog readers an inside look at the life of a first round prospect waiting for his name to be called at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Needless to say, for all of your NFL draft coverage regarding former Golden Bears, this is the place to be. At least Cam Jordan will be here.

GOTTLIEB RETURNS TO BERKELEY

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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.



I'M STILL A STUDENT, YOU KNOW

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For any of you who have faithfully checked the blog this week only to find no new activity, I'm here to offer my deepest apologies.

If you have been with the Bear Blog from the beginning, you remember that I am currently in the process of writing an honors thesis on the polarization of the American news media. Having turned in a 42-page rough draft this week (with the final draft due on May 5), well, things have been a bit crazy on my end.

We'll be back with more complete coverage of Cal sports after the holiday weekend. If you are staying in Berkeley, I would suggest you check out the Brutus Hamilton Invitational, softball's series with rival Stanford and the first ever Swim With Mike event at Spieker Pool.


BIG C SOCIETY SENIOR RECOGNITION BANQUET

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Last night the International House on the east side of the Berkeley campus was overtaken by Cal athletes past and present adorned in their zebra-striped varsity sweaters. The Big C Society hosted the banquet in honor of this year's graduating seniors.

This particular class of athletes, according to athletic director Sandy Barbour, delivered eight national titles for the Bears, 46 more individual titles and countless Pac-10, MPSF and Nor-Pac crowns as well.

"You were part of arguably the most successful era in Cal sports history," said Barbour from the lectern. "Our primary message to you is one of thanks, as your accomplishments were nothing short of remarkable. We recognize that these achievements came as a result of much sacrifice."

Along with Barbour, pole vaulter Allison Stokke and Nathan Adrian, Cal swimming's resident Olympic gold medalist, addressed the crowd. The special guest speaker was none other than Joe Starkey, who you might recognize as the voice behind this call.

While the banquet was recognizing the finish of an era of Cal athletics, not all of the athletes are done competing for the blue and gold.

"I had five minutes to get dressed after practice today," golfer Pia Halbig said. "We leave for the Pac-10 Championships this weekend."

Even still, there was much to celebrate last night as yet another group of student athletes prepares to graduate from what Barbour described as "the preeminent public university in the nation."

You can see photos from the event below.



Athletes past and present, including these members of the 2011 rugby team, wore their zebra-striped varsity sweaters to the event.


Athletic director Sandy Barbour addressing the banquet just before dinner.


Host Chris Carpenter was a man of many outfits on the night, including this shirt celebrating the reinstatement of Cal baseball.


He also celebrated the achievements of the Cal rugby team.


National champion and Olympic medalist Nathan Adrian served as one of the student speakers on the night.

CONGRATULATIONS CAPTION CONTEST WINNERS

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As promised, we are set to announce the winners of last week's caption contest right here on the Bear Blog. After much deliberation, our decision has been made.

The following comment, submitted by wevegottheaxe68 was deemed hilarious, but after some in depth investigative journalism, sources have confirmed to us that this particular person is indeed a current student athlete at Cal.

While his entry, "Nathan Adrian doesn't need tiger blood, he needs only Bear Blood to fuel his domination" was thoroughly enjoyable, NCAA compliance does not allow for current offensive lineman Mark Brazinski to be rewarded the championship prize.

Instead, GoBears91's caption, "To be fair, in the future Cal should be made to swim up hill" will take home the grand prize of $25 to the faculty club here on campus because the absurdity of the caption is equal to the absurdity of the Bears' margin of victory.

The two runner-ups, who will receive an official Cal pennant, were Ken Go Bears, with "The Cal Men's Swim Team BEARly has any competition! Nathan Adrian BLUE past the competition for the GOLD!" and Troy Smith - and I hope this is actually Troy Smith - who delivered some enjoyable dry humor with this: "Either we are really far behind, or this is just embarrassing. Go Bears."

The three winners will be notified by email. Thank you to all who participated. If you didn't win this time around, fear not - plenty more giveaways are still to come on the Bear Blog.



CAPTION CONTEST WINNER - ANNOUNCEMENT COMING

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Happy Monday, everyone. Thanks to all who participated in last week's caption contest. We'll be announcing the winners at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, so stay tuned.

Three different prizes will be going out - a $25 gift certificate to the Faculty Club here on campus for the first prize and a felt Cal pennant to two runner-ups.



ANGER, TAVECCHIO TRECK TO ITALY

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With Cal football's spring practice schedule in full swing, the Bears are left only to reminisce about the relaxing days of spring break and the time when finals weren't looming over the horizon.

Today, we're going to make that a bit easier as we take preseason All-American punter Bryan Anger, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio and former offensive lineman Todd Huber back to their trip to Italy last month.

As is no secret, Tavecchio is a native Italian from Milan who returns to his homeland whenever he has the opportunity to do so. Never before, however, had he taken a teammate with him back to Italy to provide a firsthand tour of his native country.

Anger, Huber and Tavecchio left for Italy on March 18 and spent a week touring Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome. By all accounts they ate impressively and saw as many Italian landmarks as possible.

We sat down with Tavecchio to discuss the trip, but once the senior starts talking about Italy it's tough to keep up. So instead we have for you photos of their week-long stay in Europe. Check those out below.


Tavecchio's aunt and uncle hosted the three Cal students in when they arrived in Milan.


Tavecchio's grandfather avidly supports the Bears all the way from Italy, as is obvious in his shop.


Here Tavecchio is climbing the steps of St. Peter's Dome in Rome.


Huber (left) and Anger (right) joined Tavecchio at the Colusseum.



Family friends in Rome were thanked for their hospitality with Cal gear and a signed ball.


The three football players met up with three of Cal's soccer players: Danielle Brunache, Kaitlin Paletta and Emily Shibata (left to right).


DESMOND BISHOP HONORED BY STATE ASSEMBLY

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It's been a good couple of months for former Cal football player and current Green Bay Packer Desmond Bishop.

Bishop was a key contributor to the Packers' 2010-2011 Super Bowl winning season, culminating with a crucial fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of the biggest game his career (fast forward to the 5:45 mark of this video to see the highlight).

Today, the former Golden Bear was honored in a different way - on the floor of the California State Assembly by Mariko Yamada, the representative of California' 8th Assembly District, which includes Bishop's hometown of Fairfield. You can read the entire story here.


BEAR BLOG CAPTION CONTEST

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Here's your opportunity to contribute to the Bear Blog and win some free Cal swag - simply leave a comment listing what you think the caption to the photo below should be.

This shot was taken by swimmer Nick Trowbridge at the NCAA Championships in Minnesota last month. You'll notice that senior Nathan Adrian is completely destroying the competition in the 400 medley relay.

Adrian (freestyle) served as the anchor to a relay team that included Guy Barnea (back), Damir Dugonjic (breast) and Tom Shields (butterfly). While Adrian brought it home, the roar of "roll on you Bears" echoed from the more than 100 alumni and fans present at the meet.

So have at it and be creative. We have three prizes to give out - one for the first place winner and two runners-up awards. Let the best man or woman win.





CAL TENNIS FACES OFF WITH USD

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The No. 10 Cal men's tennis team is currently facing off with the No. 29 University of San Diego on the courts of Hellman Tennis complex here in Berkeley.

The Bears (10-5, 2-1 Pac-10) are celebrating the careers of four seniors today for their last regular season match at home.

We were in the locker room as Cal prepped for this afternoon. And we'll be on hand post-match to receive the benefits of a free Fuddruckers burger.

Here are some photos from the Bears just moments ago.



Ben McLachlan (front) and the Bears sit in coach Peter Wright's office before taking the court.



Bozhidar Katsarov, a senior, prepares for his final home regular season match.


Coach Wright in action.


Jonathan Dahan laughs as Wright says about seniors, "I'll say good things - mostly lies."


The Bears stand during the national anthem.



FREE FOOD!

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If there's one thing that could make watching Cal sports better, it would be getting free food for doing so. Fortunately for you, we have just that opportunity for you tomorrow afternoon at Hellman Tennis Complex.

At 1:30 p.m., the Bears will host the Toreros of the University of San Diego and Fuddruckers will be on hand dishing out free burgers to the first 400 fans there immediately following the match.

The day celebrates the late Jim McManus, a Cal tennis alumni and hall of famer, as well as seniors Pedro Zerbini, Bozhidar Katsarov, Jonathan Dahan, and Zach Gilbert for their last regular season home match.

Needless to say, we'll be there to grab a free burger and pull for the Bears. And there really is no reason for you not to be there too.

HAPPY SPRING BREAK, EVERYBODY

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The week that Cal students have now been dreaming of for weeks has finally arrived - spring break has overtaken Berkeley.

While many of the Bears that are in season will remain on campus for the week, many more will travel around the country for competition and around the world for pleasure.

For example, Lauren Loerch, a freshman outside hitter on the volleyball team, leaves this morning for the Dominican Republic for a service trip.

Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, meanwhile, is taking punter Bryan Anger back to his home land for the week and will be showing the Camarillo, California native around Italy.

And Elly Barrett, a sophomore on the volleyball team, returned home to Austin, Texas where she will be on hand watching the women's swim team look to capture an NCAA Championship this evening. (Cal leads Georgia 295 to 274.5 entering the final day of competition.)

All four of these Cal athletes will be sending us pictures from their different activities, meaning you'll be able to be a part of their spring breaks even if you get no such week off yourself.

As for myself, I am in the nation's capital to start of the week but will be keeping my eyes on the Bears around the country throughout the week. Meaning that while I may not blog quite as much over the next week, plenty of information will be going out to the world via Twitter.

So keep your eyes on the Bear Blog and all of its social media entities throughout the week and we'll be back in full swing when school resumes.


TENNIS

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"You write the story, we'll bring the whoop-ass."



Head coach Peter Wright (in hat) speaks to his team before taking the court for singles play.


The Bears huddle before the start of play against Texas A&M.


Go Bears!

LACROSSE DROPS LAFAYETTE 13-10

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The Cal women's lacrosse tilt last night against Lafayette was in many respects a very sloppy matter.

With the first half of play occurring an incessant downpour, the artificial turf on Witter Rugby Field collected water, the pace of play slowed and simple ball mechanics like scooping ground balls became more difficult.

Before the start of the game, one of Cal's players noted that "weather can be the great equalizer, but it won't be today." Her claim held true as the Bears played impressively and took control of the game early, eventually dropping the Leopards 13-10.

Despite the conditions, we were on hand with Bear Blog photographer James Besser to catch Cal in action. Check out those photos below.



Senior goalkeeper came ready to play, eye black and all.


Sophomore Gina Holslag waits as the official checks to make sure her stick meets all requirements.


The Bears stand for the national anthem under the lights for the first time.


Shropshire, a senior and captain, breaks out her dance moves before taking the field.


Coach Theresa Sherry speaks to her team in the pouring rain.



TUESDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: LACROSSE'S FIRST EVER NIGHT GAME

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Tuesday brought driving rain and cutting wins to Witter Rugby Field, but it didn't stop history from being made.

 After years of calling the light-less Memorial Stadium home, the Cal women's lacrosse team hosted Lafayette last night at 7:00 p.m. for the program's first ever game under the lights at home.

The brutal weather didn't stop the Bear Blog from covering this quietly historic occasion, and we were even in the locker room (and momentarily protected from the rain) before the game. Here are some photos from head coach Theresa Sherry's talk to the Bears before they took the field.



Coach Sherry leads off the Bear's starting lineup for her program's first ever night game.


Senior goalkeeper Allie Shorpshire (center) listens to her coach's strategic directions.


The Bears break out of the locker room before stepping out into the downpour waiting for them outside.



THE MYSTERY OF SWIMMERS UNVEILED

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In many respects, swimmers are mysterious beings.

At Cal, they live in the bowels of Haas Pavilion down a compact hallway from Spieker Pool. They are some of the most elite and successful athletes on campus, yet many people fail to acknowledge the Olympians that live in our midst.

Put an elite swimmer on land and you will get mixed results - some of the athleticism that is evident in the water translates well outside of the pool, but much of it does not. Swimmers are early to rise - often times their workouts begin before dawn - and definitely early to crash.

These athletes can seem lazy at times. The mystery of tapering, otherwise known as an excuse to never climb a flight of stairs, to sit down as much as possible and avoid physical movement at all costs, is foreign to athletes of other sports.

But after spending an afternoon in the pool with some of the Cal men's swimmers, I came away knowing one thing - these athletes are physical specimens.

Sunday afternoon's workout was barely that for the swimmers. It was an "on your own" light swim in the pool, probably equivalent to a walk-through for the football team. I came ready to work, complete with a tiger-striped speedo. After all, I wanted to do my best to blend in with the team.

As the swimmers swiftly swept through the water without exerting any effort, one lap at a "sprint" pace left me gasping for air. The lifeguard's extra concern was obvious.

Even the most basic elements of swimming were difficult. The flip-turn filled my nostrils with chlorinated water. The butterfly looked more like a dying caterpillar that emerged from his cocoon without wings.

I even put myself through a timed sprint. A 50-free, complete with dive-in and attempted flip turn, came out at about 40 seconds. Want some perspective? Senior Nathan Adrian holds the American record in 20.71 seconds.

So when the men's swim team leaves for the NCAA Championships in Minnesota next week, I'll have a new appreciation for what they do in the water. Their strength, endurance and precision with technique is truly phenomenal. The fact that many of them are the best in the country at what they do makes it all the more impressive.

So while swimmers were mysterious to me before, I now have a more complete understanding of what they go through. If I were them I'd avoid climbing flights of stairs as well. After all, I'm three days removed from this "light" swim and I'm still hurting in places I didn't know existed.

Don't worry, we'll do our part here on the Bear Blog to make swimming less of a mystery to all of you readers. The good news for you is that reading about the team doesn't leave you completely exhausted.  




Can you even tell the difference between Bear Blog writer David Seawright, above, and returning national champion Tom Shields, below? Didn't think so.


Photos by Bear Blog photographer James Besser.



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