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Friday, July 14, 2006
CBS Sportsline: With Mebane as anchor, Cal aims to sink foes -- USC included
By Bob Condotta
Special to CBS SportsLine.com
Cal defensive tackle Brandon Mebane has always been the prototypical leader-by-example. So when he grabbed the microphone while accepting the trophy for last December's Las Vegas Bowl, a 35-28 Cal win over Brigham Young, nobody was expecting anything memorable. But while waiting to ascend the podium, Mebane looked at all of his teammates and realized most of them would be joining him in returning for the 2006 season. And then, microphone in hand, Mebane let his heart do the talking. "Next year, national championship," Mebane said, eliciting a loud roar from the Cal contingent. Asked six months later about his proclamation, Mebane doesn't flinch. "I just felt deep down that we have a chance to compete for the national championship," Mebane said of his comments that night.