Levy already had been suspended from participating in team workouts and activities.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Levy already had been suspended from participating in team workouts and activities.
The Bears, expected to be a top-10 team in most preseason polls, open their season Sept. 2 at
In October 2004,
Northwestern shared the Big Ten title in 2000 and went to the Alamo Bowl. The Wildcats also went to the 2003 Motor City Bowl.
Herb Benenson, spokesman for
SAN FRANCISCO — Cal quarterback Steve Levy pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony assault charges stemming from an incident that took place Sunday night at a North Beach bar. He was also ordered to stay away from the doorman, at whom he is accused of throwing a pint glass, and to keep away from Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, located on
Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer
(06-29) 11:33 PDT
The events that led to the quarterback's arrest began just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Levy got into an argument with another patron over a woman's refusal to dance, police Lt. Leroy Lindo said. The doorman asked Levy to leave. Police said Levy then picked up a pint glass and threw it at Zahn, who suffered a cut to his head and was treated at the scene. Levy was splashed by a drink, but it is unclear whether that happened before or after he allegedly threw the pint glass at Zahn. Levy fled but was detained by other patrons and held for police. Neither he nor his attorney, Mary Carey of
Herb Benenson, spokesman for
He was expected to compete for the starting job again when
Thursday, June 29, 2006
By Sal Interdonato
California quarterback Steve Levy will appear in San Francisco Superior Court at noon today to be arraigned on felony charges of using an instrument to incur bodily injury (assault with a deadly weapon). Levy, of Cornwall, posted $40,000 bail and was released Sunday night after an altercation at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub on San Francisco's North Beach. If convicted of the felony charge, Levy could face two to four years in prison, said Debbie Mesloh, a spokesperson for the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Levy, 22, didn't return a phone call seeking comment on Tuesday. His father, Mark, declined comment.
Levy will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty today. His next court appearance will then be scheduled. If Levy pleads not guilty, the case would likely go to trial in San Francisco Superior Court. Sgt. Neville Gittens of the San Francisco Police Department said that Levy was involved in a dispute with a patron at 1:23 a.m. Sunday. The dispute was cleared up by a doorman, who asked Levy to leave. Upon his departure, Levy threw a pint glass at the doorman, who received a laceration near his eye, Gittens said. The doorman was treated by paramedics at the scene. On Monday, Cal coach Jeff Tedford suspended Levy, who will be a senior this fall.
Levy was 2-0 as a starter last season, leading Cal to wins over Stanford in the Big Game and BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl. "Steve's not a violent guy or a big juicehead," said John Allegretta, one of Levy's best friends, who spoke briefly with his former Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) teammate recently. "It's not like him to do something like this. I wouldn't make a judgment on it until it all goes down. It doesn't sound right to me."
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
By: Randy Moore
Date: Jun 28, 2006
The good news: A
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GARY PETERSON: TIMES COLUMNIST
ASSUMING THERE IS merit to the charge against Cal quarterback Steve Levy -- that he flung a pint glass into the face of a bar employee in San Francisco during the wee smalls of Sunday morning -- we are reminded of two fundamental tenets. One, give the man time to throw, and he'll pick you apart. And two, there is a price for athletic success that
Levy, it goes without saying, is innocent until proven guilty. Football coach Jeff Tedford isn't inclined to wait on the wheels of justice. Tedford took time from his summer vacation Monday to announce that Levy had been suspended from the team pending a thorough review of the pertinent facts, a move seconded (if not firsted) by athletic director Sandy Barbour. You would expect nothing less from
For another, and to compound matters, what few successful "eras" the school has enjoyed in its two high-profile, high-revenue sports since the Kennedy administration have ended in disgrace. Got a couple seconds? Let's review. For 15 seasons from 1959-73, the football team enjoyed just three winning records. Under coach Mike White, the Bears turned it around. From 1974-77, they won 27, lost 16 and tied 1. In 1975,
This kind of single-minded moxie might have earned White a political appointment in the upper midwest, deep south, or most of
Similarly, Tedford has overseen the dramatic renaissance of the
The past four seasons have been a swell time to be a
Column by Monte
THOSE WHO support the old alma mater don't ask much of their coaches, only that he or she is smart, engaging, innovative, charismatic and, above all, able to recruit model student-athletes who play like the devil. The latter aspect is more true at some places than others, and we are in the process of finding out if
Tedford over the weekend received, for the second straight off-season, news about one or more of his players being arrested. For the second straight year, the coach has had to follow a regrettable matter by issuing a statement regarding the wee-hours behavior of one or more of his players. For the second straight off-season, Tedford has had to announce that one of his players is being suspended. The latest to find trouble is quarterback Steve Levy, who became an instant hero after shucking his backup status to lead the Golden Bears to an emphatic 27-3 win over Stanford in the Big Game, then leading them to a 35-28 win over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
In a span of a month, Levy, a senior-to-be who has more desire than talent, became nearly as popular as Tedford. But then Levy, 22, was arrested and booked around 4 a.m. Sunday, charged with suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm after an incident at Kell's, a bar/restaurant on the southern edge of
One story has Levy attempting to splash the contents of a pint glass on a bouncer, only to have the glass decide to go along for the ride. Another story has Levy being ejected from the bar and responding by picking up a glass and, as he exited, flinging it at the bouncer. What is consistent is that Levy got into a confrontation with another man, was told to leave, threw a glass that hit the bouncer in the forehead, leaving a cut that was treated at the scene. And that Levy left the bar, only to be detained by others until police arrived to make an arrest. The whole giant headache lands squarely on top of Tedford, who was trying to squeeze in some vacation time. He responded quickly, issuing a statement saying, in essence, that Levy is in trouble and will be on suspension at least until the extent of the trouble has been determined. Tedford surely hated this, at least the third time in 19 months he has addressed a matter involving his players and police. The February 2005 arrests of defensive back Bernard Hicks and wide receiver Robert Jordan followed by two months the arrest of tight end David Gray.
Then there were the team members who were said to be in a dispute with Meleia Willis-Starbuck shortly before she was shot and killed last year, allegedly by a friend she had summoned for assistance. The charges against Hicks, Jordan and Gray were minor enough to be dropped in some cases, reduced in others. The same very likely will happen with Levy. Which is not to suggest these incidents are irrelevant to the student-athletes, the victims or, more to the point, the coach who recruited them. The Levy matter is the latest incident involving a football player that reflects on
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
06/27/06 7:20 PDT
Levy, 22, was arrested after he allegedly threw a pint glass at a bouncer at Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub around 1:23 a.m., following the bouncer's request for him to leave the bar, according to Sgt. Neville Gittens. Citizens followed Levy on foot after he left the bar, located at
Jake Curtis, Chronicle Staff Writer
Gordon Briggs has been going to Cal home football games for 30 years, and plans to go to Tennessee for the Bears' opener against the Vols. "But," he said, "I will not go to another game at (Cal's) Memorial Stadium." He considers himself a victim of
Season-ticket prices rose from $235 last year to $317 this season, with another $50 added to each season-ticket price this year as a stadium-renovation fee. Cal director of marketing and sales Matt Terwilliger says Cal expects to break the school record of 40,134 season tickets sold last year (up from 16,000 in Jeff Tedford's first season in 2002). Terwilliger said only about 150 people have decided not to renew their season tickets and only a handful of them cited increased cost as the reason. The demand for the priority seating, with seat location based on contribution levels of $6,800 to $400, has remained constant, Terwilliger said.
Briggs, who lives in Glendale, Ariz., was given a reduced donation requirement to retain his seats based on his years as a season-ticket holder, but he does not like the idea of requiring donations, something he believes should be voluntary. He decided not to renew rather than accept seats in a less desirable section. "People say this is the way it is now," Briggs said. "Maybe it is, but we're losing sight of some of the loyalty issues and maybe they're more important than dollars." Season-ticket holder Irene Miura, a former president of the Cal Alumni Association and former member of the UC Board of Regents, appreciates that sentiment, but agrees that most supporters have been understanding. "The bottom line is, they need the money," she said. "The state can't provide it, and it should come from the people who use (the football stadium)." Alan Burns renewed his season tickets at Stanford, but said this might be the last time. He compared the priority seating based on donations to the seat licensing instituted for Raiders games. "It's highway robbery," he said. About three-quarters of Stanford's priority season tickets, based on contributions at the $1,000, $2,000 and $5,000 levels, have been sold, including all 22 of the skyboxes for the elite contributors. Overall, Stanford has sold about 19,000 season tickets, an increase of more than 50 percent over this time last year. Modest season-ticket price increases have been countered by the decision to offer students free tickets and faculty and staff reduced-price tickets.
Some of the complaints of longtime Stanford season-ticket holder Adrian Springer were relieved when Stanford reconfigured the parking allotment in response to complaints. Still, he does not like the commercial aspect of the priority-ticketing approach. "It's like not having Santa Claus one year," he said. "Whenever you change tradition, that raises everyone's ire, especially if it's for commercial reasons."
Star player suspended from team indefinitely while school investigates
By Susan McDonough, STAFF WRITER
SAN FRANCISCO — Cal quarterback Steve Levy — a rising star who last season led the Bears to a Big Game win over Stanford — has been suspended from the team because of an arrest early Sunday morning after a bar fight in San Francisco, police and university officials said.
University of California, Berkeley football coach Jeff Tedford said Levy has been suspended indefinitely while Cal athletic officials investigate the circumstances around his arrest. Levys family, reached by phone in
Despite Levys storybook performance, Tedford has said the quarterback would not necessarily start when the season begins in September. Nate Longshore, who was out last season with a broken ankle, returned as Cals No. 1 quarterback in spring practice.
Monday, June 26, 2006
By Jay Heater
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
The fairy tale career of
Considered an overachiever with tremendous heart and limited physical skills, Levy led
Tedford recruited Levy, out of his hometown of
Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, June 26, 2006
(06-26) 18:14 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The Cal quarterback who came off the bench last season to lead victories in the Big Game and the Las Vegas Bowl was jailed this weekend in San Francisco on suspicion of felony assault for allegedly throwing a pint glass at a doorman who had asked him to leave a North Beach pub, police said today. Steve Levy, a 22-year-old senior who lives in
"We've taken initial action, we're gathering information, and when we have all the facts we'll determine what's appropriate," Barbour said. The 23-year-old doorman was struck on the forehead by the glass and was examined by paramedics at the scene, said Sgt. Neville Gittens, a
Levy was booked into San Francisco County Jail at 4:20 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, an offense that carries punishment ranging from a fine to four years in prison. He posted $40,000 bail and was released at 9 p.m., according to jail records.
"We're aware of the situation regarding Steve and he will not participate in any team functions until we have all of the information,"
Levy came to
SAN FRANCISCO - California suspended senior quarterback Steve Levy indefinitely on Monday after his arrest on felony assault charges stemming from an alleged bar fight. Levy, who came off the bench to lead the Golden Bears' season-ending victories over Stanford and Brigham Young last season, spent most of Sunday in San Francisco County Jail after his arrest on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm. According to police, the weapon was a pint glass from Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub in
The 22-year-old Levy apparently tried to leave the bar after the incident, but was detained by people on the street until police arrived, Gittens said.
"We're aware of the situation with Steve, and he will be suspended from all team activities until we have more information," coach Jeff Tedford said.
Levy, a longtime backup who played fullback for one season earlier in his career, led the Golden Bears to season-ending wins in the Big Game and the Las Vegas Bowl in his first two career starts. He was expected to compete for the starting job again when
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS
The Associated Press
Ainge and Rick Clausen were rotating starters a year ago, which became one of the problems
"Now he is the guy. It is a great opportunity and certainly there comes a lot of responsibility with that. It sounds like he's really working hard. He really threw the ball well (Wednesday). I'm looking forward to watching him play this year." Manning, the most decorated athlete in school history and the Southeastern Conference's all-time leading passer, began the Peyton Manning Scholarship in 1998, a year after he graduated. It is funded by $165,000 in academic awards he won as a student combined with corporate matching gifts and other private donations.
The Manning Scholarship covers tuition, room and board. This year's recipient is Nora Sue Hutchison, a graduate of
"It's hard to believe it's been nine years and there's been nine award winners," Manning said after presenting a plaque to Hutchison and posing for pictures with her family. "It's been a special relationship with me and the university to award this Peyton Manning scholarship every year. I've kept up with all the winners. They've written me letters and kept me updated on what we're doing in school and out in the business world."
Manning said he worked out with some of the Volunteers Wednesday and was planning for more on Thursday. He usually works out with the players at least once every summer before he has to report to training camp. "It makes me feel young again. I turned 30, and I can still throw it around with these 18, 19-year-old receivers, the Robert Meachems, the (Jayson) Swains and (Lucas)
And he even got in a game of golf with Fulmer. "We tied," Manning said. "I gave him a few strokes to keep it even."
Saturday, June 24, 2006
(Note: Thanks to Seth for forwarding this link)
Thursday, June 22, 2006
(Note from Editor: This is a really interesting article from a website that I have never heard of. Read the entire interview here.)
What can we expect from
What you can expect from
Who's your closest friend on the team?
My closest friend on the team, well it was the o-line men that I played with in 2004 when we
produced the number 1 rusher in the country, that was a special group. Now that they are gone I would say that Joe Ayoob is a good friend of mine and Steve Levy. They and I get along well and have many similar interests off the field.
What's going on with the team's quarterback situation right now? Who's running with the first team?
As far as I know the quarterback situation is one of competition. We have plenty of talent at
that position, don't write Joe Ayoob off, he had a good spring ball and seems more focused than ever. I think he has a solid chance to start this year, Similarily Nate Longshore looks good and has good command of the offense. I think this is a question that will answer itself as we get through fall camp, the competition will bring out the best in all of them.
The Cal Golden Bears are on the board — the recruiting board. Alex Lagemann, a 6-2, 206-pound receiver from
Here is the link.
Bears' preseason 'bling' includes lofty rankings, three All-Americans
By Dave Newhouse, STAFF WRITER
BERKELEY — Preseason projections and expectations are descending on Jeff Tedford's Cal football program like a meteor shower.
Cal's fall camp opens Aug.6, four weeks before the Sept.2 opener at Tennessee, and the Golden Bears will have to live up to considerable hype.
Cal has received four top-10 rankings: No.7 (ESPN.com), No.8 (SI.com and Athlon Sports) and No.9 (Lindy's). "I don't take it any differently," Tedford said of those lofty projections. "The expectations have kind of grown on us. We've kind of been in those spots the last few years."
Well, Cal was rated No.4 in the country late in the 2004 season. But the latest preseason evaluations are much greater in number. Individually, three Bears have been named as preseason All-Americans: defensive tackle Brandon Mebane by Athlon, Lindy's and The Sporting News; running back Marshawn Lynch by Lindy's and The Sporting News; and cornerback Daymeion Hughes by Blue Ribbon Defense and Playboy magazine.
Hughes also is projected as a second-team All-America by Lindy's and The Sporting News, as is Lynch by Athlon. There's also the preseason watch list for postseason awards. The Maxwell Award honors the country's best collegiate player, the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award the best defensive player, the Hendricks Trophy the best defensive end, the Outland Trophy the best offensive or defensive lineman, while the Lott Award recognizes athletic performance and personal character. Lynch is up for the Maxwell, Nu'u Tafisi for the Hendricks, Hughes and Mebane for the Bednarik, Lott and Nagurski, and Mebane for the Outland. Wait, there's more. Various groups rate players. Lynch is the No.2 running back in the country, Mebane the No.2 defensive lineman, Desmond Bishop the No.9 linebacker, and DeSean Jackson the No.10 wide receiver.
Wait, there's still more. Cal's defensive line is rated the nation's best, while Cal's running backs are No.2. And the Sporting News has picked Mebane as its Pac-10 defensive player of the year. Whew! Tedford is digesting it all while trying to lend some perspective.
"Going into two years ago," he said, "there were high expectations for that team, but it had a lot of experience with Aaron (Rodgers), J.J. (Arrington), Chase (Lyman), Geoff McArthur and that whole group. "Last year, there was high expectations going in, but we were the youngest team in the conference. This year, there's still high expectations, but we have a little more experience." Along with expectations comes reality. Cal hasn't yet named a starting quarterback, it will present a new hybrid offense of the T-formation and shotgun, the offensive line must be rebuilt, and new safeties will be starting for the third straight year. "We'll be fine at the quarterback spot; there's good competition," said Tedford. "The offensive line is very capable, and we have talent at the safety positions. "The only thing I don't know about completely is our punting situation because I haven't seen (Andrew Larson) yet (at Cal)." Then Tedford noted the defense could be his fastest at Cal, and the linebacker group definitely is his fastest. "Regardless of expectations," he cautioned, "our preparation will determine how well we do this season." One more projection: Cal's season-ticket sales, which were 16,000 when Tedford took over in 2002, are ahead of last year's record number of 40,134. Single-game tickets, except for Stanford, go on sale July 11.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
By D.Laurant on June 22, 2006
If the California Golden Bears football team has the kind of season that's being expected of it, coach Jeff Tedford can thank the inaccuracy of an as-yet-unknown gangbanger on the streets of Oakland. Star Golden Bear tailback Marshawn Lynch was leaving the graduation of his sister from Oakland Tech earlier this month when the lone gunman opened fire on the car in which he was riding, hitting it with from three to five rounds. No one inside the car was hurt. Later, according to one local TV station, "A representative of the shooter went to the home of Lynch's mother to tell her that Marshawn was not the intended target and to apologize."
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By: Jim McGill
Date: Jun 21, 2006
Cal Head Coach Jeff Tedford and the Golden Bears received a dose of good news as Dallas Episcopal quarterback
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Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Record Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, Jun 20, 2006
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Monday, June 19, 2006
June 19, 2006
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year. Now in its third year, The Lott Trophy is the first college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. Voters for the award include selected members of the national media, previous finalists, the Board of Directors of the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation and Master Coaches, a distinguished group of former head college coaches. Mebane joins teammate Daymeion Hughes on The Lott Trophy list. Hughes was tabbed earlier in the year. Hughes was a first-team all-league pick after recording 17 passes defended, including five interceptions. Lynch, meanwhile, rushed for 1,246 yards in less than 10 full games (due to injury) for the Bears, helping the team to its third straight bowl game.
Mebane battled double teams throughout 2005 to earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. He has also been named a preseason All-American by three publications with The Sporting News, Athlon and Lindy's Football Annual placing the
Brandon Mebane - Outland Trophy, Lott Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy
Marshawn Lynch - Maxwell Award
Daymeion Hughes - Lott Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronco Nagurski Trophy
Brandon Mebane - The Sporting News, Athlon Sports, Lindy's Football Annual Marshawn Lynch - The Sporting News, Lindy's Football Annual, Athlon Sports (second team) Daymeion Hughes - Playboy Magazine, Blue Ribbon Defense, Lindy's Football Annual (second team), The Sporting News (second team)
No. 7 ESPN.com (post-spring)
No. 8 SI.com (post-spring)
No. 8 Athlon Sports (preseason)
No. 9 Lindy's (preseason)
By: Jim McGill
Date: Jun 19, 2006
Here is the Link
By JOHN MOOREHOUSE -
On June 15, Times-News sports writer John Moorehouse sat down with
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Saturday, June 17, 2006
(Note from Editor: This article from the Press-Enterprise, an
Three Possible Outcomes for Jarrett
By DAN WEBER
The decision didn't surprise the USC football program that wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett had received extra benefits as Matt Leinart's luxury apartment roommate and would have to apply for reinstatement before next season. But the timing of it did. "We're aware that the NCAA has deemed this to be a violation of the extra benefit rule," USC sports information director Tim Tessalone said Friday, after admitting that USC had no idea the NCAA would go public with its Thursday statement. The NCAA ruled that the living arrangement for Jarrett, a junior All-America wide receiver, that had both Jarrett and Leinart contributing their NCAA scholarship allowance of $650 a month toward the apartment's $3,866 rental fee with the rest made up by Leinart's father, Bob, was not permissible. "The information submitted by the
From the Newsstands
The Sporting News lists Carroll as the Pac-10's top coach but drops the Trojans staff to No. 2 in the league behind Jeff Tedford's
By Jay Heater
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A day after
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
CSTV: KICKOFF FOR VOLS' SEASON-OPENER VS. CALIFORNIA SET FOR 5:30 P.M. ET - ESPN To Televise Nationally
Tennessee has played against five Pac 10 teams, going 7-4-2 vs. UCLA, 4-1 vs.
"The car apparently had shots fired at it. It appears to be a case of mistaken identity, as no one in the car knew the shooter," said Kent Klintworth of the
(Note from editor: the count down to the Cal-Tennessee game has begun, so here is something to get you fired up for the season)
Final Minutes of the 1982 Big Game - Video footage combined with Joe Starkey’s play by play:
Quotes from horse-toothed Elway:
“This was an insult to college football'' “It was just a farce. They (the officials) didn't have control of the whole game. They ruined my last game as a college football player.''
“I don't believe they can take something away like that. I don't believe they can take something like that away from this program.'' “Something has to be done about the referees, there's no doubt in my mind. Its all right to make a mistake, but somebody should be man enough to stand up and admit it.'' “It was a very bittersweet ending. I did not want it to end this way. It's something I'll have to live with the rest of my life.”