How might Cal go about replacing their go-to guard?
Entirely besides the point of this post, but it pleases me that Shantay Legans is succeeding as a basketball head coach. I really enjoyed watching him play, and his transfer to Fresno State may have been one of the first worrying signs of Ben Braun's tenure.
How about life without Mark Fox?
After 25 years of Cal sports, this program and its trajectory have me as close to a negabear as I've ever been. The program is in freefall and the Fox hire was just a parachute with fewer holes in it. 11 teams in the Pac12 have some sort of upside - Cal, obviously, is the 12th. It seems as if Knowlton has made strides to save the athletic department money, but wouldn't it be cheaper to cancel MBB instead of watching it frugally circle the drain?
Mark Fox (and the next Cal coach, and the next one...) won't be able to keep players here with the new transfer rule. I don't think Bradley leaves if he has to sit out a year. Wyking Jones was a dumpster fire - I was in Maui for that debacle in 2017.
Bradley to SDSU
Unless Hyder takes a huge leap forward, we're still in desperate need of a pass-first, great ball handling point guard. Brown has all the skills, but needs hypnosis or something to convince him how good he is. Foreman is competent, and if he can become a reliable shooter, we'll be ok if one of the former occurs. Otherwise, we have to grab a point guard out of the portal.
Well, in the aggregate we played almost as well, if not better when he was absent. as it seems the other players picked up their level of play. Next year will be very telling and I expect it will be Fox' last year unless we reach .500.
As. much as I remain a person who cares little about players that don't come, or leaver early, usually in football, I have to say this one hurts. I expected the departures with Wyking. But Bradley seemed a true Bear. I get why he would leave to be on a higher profile and currently winning team, but bummer. This is not Fox's first rodeo, and I'm sure he and his team will do their best, and I'm going to judge him and his team by W-L next year. Period. Either we climb into a middling program, or Knowlton needs to make a change after 3 years.
This whole ordeal with Bradley reminds me of the free Mulli movement back in the late 90s. Not that there was a campaign to free Bradley, but just the premise that he would be better off by leaving.
Might this explain why Fox did not start him in the Pac-12 tournament? Mere speculation, but I always had a bad feeling it was related to this.