The Bears fall on the road to Colorado, and Mark Fox does very little to try to prevent it from happening.
Certainly, it was too much to ask to sweep anyone this season. Now I'm walking around thinking, "I believe you have my stapler."
Hopefully, Fox is not the only person that is fired. Knowlton needs to be fired also. If the school were to hire an AD that is as good as its academic reputation I believe that would give fans hope of turning this around. Too bad the basketball program is and has been pathetic the past few years and the football team has been average in its best years and downright embarrassing in its worst years during Wilcox's tenure. If this were not the case Cal would be joining UCLA and USC in the Big 10. I'd say the women's basketball coach should be fired also and Wilcox unless he has a winning season should not return for the 2024 season. Cal is too good of a University to be this pathetic in the two sports that matter most at the D1 level.
Fantastic points, Nick! Thank you.
Sure seems like Fox is just playing out the string. I bet Kuany could be a decent ball player with more competent leadership and tutelage.
Joel Brown was subbed out at 5:20, for Wrenn. Wrenn did fine (2 assists, 1 TO), but it was a very helter skelter few minutes, and we had a chance to make it an interesting ending.
Joel was subbed back in at 1:51. He missed that entire stretch where having your senior leader on the floor could've made a difference. Maybe he was gassed in the altitude and simply could not enter earlier. but I still think it was a mistake to not call a TO, give Joel an extra minute or so, and try to get him back in when it got interesting around the 3:30 mark.
But we all know Fox's substitution patterns are questionable at best.
I can't wait for Knowlton to go full glory boy when he finally fires Mark Fox.
"Only I can save you all from this terrible hire (that I made)."
Mozilla Mozilla Mozilla Mozilla Mozilla Mozilla Mozilla I'm dyin here!
"If Mark Fox is done trying to win games as a Cal coach, I’m not sure why I should spend time writing about each game, and I’m not sure why Cal fans should try to tune in to watch."
You can always cover the women's team. There's no quit in them or their coach.
Fox needs a loud firing.
Sigh....no words at this point
I hope he quits. ASAP
He is, in fact, quiet quitting.
I'd be embarrassed and maybe upset for us if I didn't feel such an enormous sense of relief that this tenure is finally, maybe coming to an end. Wasted years.
Shantay Leggins. He also played for Cal and has done well in his coaching career. Dennis Gates. Missouri was smart for hiring him, long term,also a former Cal player. Anwar McQueen. That's my short list, there is a longer one . Fire Fox now, he seems to master the buyout game, but not the D-1 coaching game.
I'm glad you mentioned the laughing part, because it's quite an indictment to accuse a coach of giving up. Seeing Fox pacing the sideline in the waning minutes, I'm sure his blood pressure wasn't 110/70. He chose not to foul, not because he's quitting, but because it's usually a stupid strategy. 19 times out of a 20 it turns a 6 point loss into a 14 point loss. It's apparent his philosophy has been to play it straight up in the last stages. I'd assume that's because he's seen too many close games turn into blowouts from putting the other team at the line. Cal had CU at 54 for 4 of the last 5 minutes. If Newell had made his shots down the stretch, making it 51-54 with 1 1/2 mins to go, anything could have happened. If you can't score, fouling won't matter.
I guess that "quiet quitting" is the polite way of saying "I just don't give a f@#$ anymore". If that is the case, then Fox has been "quiet quitting" since he was hired. Any ideas for good coaching candidates? Whoever they are, they will have to love a challenge because Cal Basketball has hit absolute rock bottom. I guess that the good news is that there is nowhere to go but up.
As cogent, well-reasoned and thoughtful an analysis as I’ve seen on any platform of late. Well done, Mr. Kranz.