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5-7, 4th in Pac 12 - North

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

Seven schools remain in the mix for Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the nation's No. 4 dual-threat quarterback. Thompson-Robinson released his list of seven finalists via twitter, as Cal, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and UCLA remain in the hunt to sign the No. 107 overall prospect and No. 2 uncommitted quarterback at this time. It looks like this could come down to a battle between Michigan and UCLA, as the Bruins established themselves early as the program to beat for Thompson-Robinson and his teammate, ESPN 300 tight end Brevin Jordan, while Thompson-Robinson's mother attended Michigan. Cal was not on his initial top-12 list, while Florida State and Oregon are programs to watch and could make a move.

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cal DC Tim DeRuyter has switched the Bears' defense to a 3-4 scheme, opening a major learning period for players like Cameron Saffle, who has moved from DE to LB. "The coaches say, 'the first time you make a mistake -- that's on us, we'll teach you. But if you mess up again, that's on you.' That's the expectation now."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Darius Allensworth also discussed Cal's coaching change: "Everything that Coach Wilcox does is at a championship level... It's a different type of urgency now. They expect more." LB Cameron Saffle says that Wilcox's defensive background has helped the unit: "Having a defensive-oriented staff, we're getting a lot more love."

David Lombardi ESPN Staff Writer 

New Cal coach Justin Wilcox played QB for the scout team against the Bears' defense yesterday. LB Cameron Saffle says that's just one of the many ways that Wilcox has bonded and built trust with the team. "That's just the type of guy he is," Saffle said. "He'll even have breakfast with us every morning."

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7dDavid Lombardi

Memories of 'The Greatest' when he's your grandfather

The world knew Muhammad Ali as a global icon, but to Cal's Biaggio Ali-Walsh, he was "Poppy." Photos of Ali-Walsh and his late grandfather reveal a different side of the all-time great champion.

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8dKyle Bonagura

The Race for the North: California

Our first look at Pac-12 spring expectations deals with California, which finds itself in a rebuilding situation under first-year coach Justin Wilcox.

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Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

No. 2 overall prospect, wide receiver Jalen Hall, provides a snapshot of where his recruitment stands during Sunday's Nike Opening Regional in Los Angeles. All four California schools are in the mix along with a few national powers.

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15dChantel Jennings

Beau Baldwin now on even footing at Cal

New Cal offensive coordinator Beau Baldwin already has a history of beating Pac-12 foes while at Eastern Washington.

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Will anyone measure up with Watson?

Draft-eligible QBs will participate in on-field drills at the NFL scouting combine on Saturday. When it comes to collegiate success, nobody compares to Deshaun Watson.

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18dTed Miller

Mailbag: Cowardly scheduling and QB questions

It's not hard to understand why some Pac-12 teams start with soft schedules. And it's easy to grasp why the league is seen as rich in quarterbacks.

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22dChantel Jennings

Weaknesses in the Pac-12 North

With spring practices starting up throughout the Pac-12, let's take a look at each team's biggest weakness.

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27dChantel Jennings

Pac-12's strongest position groups: North

We take a way-early look at the top position groups in the Pac-12 North, which sees a tough defense in Washington and offense almost everywhere else.

Ted Miller ESPN Senior Writer 

Stanford announced the hiring of Ron Gould as its running backs coach Thursday. Gould spent the past four seasons as head coach at UC Davis after a 16-year tenure on Cal's coaching staff. In his career, Gould has coached C.J. Anderson, Shane Vereen and Marshawn Lynch, Jahvid Best and J.J. Arrington, among others.

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35dKyle Bonagura

Taking a look at each Pac-12 coach's best team

We revisit each current Pac-12 coach's best squad at any point in his head-coaching career, including Kyle Whittingham's undefeated 2008 Bama-beater.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

As expected, QB Davis Webb and WR Chad Hansen both received invitations to the NFL combine, but Cal will be sending a third player to Indianapolis: long-snapper Bradley Northnagel.

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41dDavid Lombardi

Instant impact recruit: California

Cornerback Elijah Hicks might play right away for a Golden Bears defense that allowed 7.5 yards per pass attempt, ranking No. 83 in the country.

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