By Rob Calonge
California has given access to four practices this spring for media consumption. The first one, March 11, I was in L.A. covering the men's and women's basketball Pac-10 tourney. I nearly missed today's second sampling of returning players while hanging around Haas Pavilion after the women's basketball team took home the WNIT championship.
Lucky for me, I was able to get over to Memorial Stadium and catch most of Cal's football practice. Cal was hosting their 2010 Cal Football High School Coaches Clinic, so the sidelines were full of coaches viewing how practices are run in Berkeley.
What stood out the most during practice was Cal's defense. It would be unjust to the offense to say that their defensive counterparts were mauling them throughout the day, but the defense looked a lot better on Saturday. "You always have mixed emotions as a head coach," said Jeff Tedford with a smile. "You look great on defense, but wow, concerned on offense."
All in all, Tedford said he's happy with the team's attitude and work ethic, even if he isn't always happy with some of the results. "We have a lot of work to do though, in all areas. But, they're real focused on what they're doing, so I'm real pleased about their attitude," said Cal's head coach.