Cal foot­ball re­ceives un­ex­pected dona­tion

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - SPORTS - By Daniel Brown

A Cal spirit mem­ber cel­e­brates a touch­down as the Cal­i­for­nia Golden Bears play the Idaho State Ben­gals in Berke­ley.

Some­where a grumpy for­mer Cal foot­ball player is grip­ing to his kids.

“Why, when I was on schol­ar­ship I didn’t have a fancy pod to sleep in be­tween classes. I ei­ther crashed on the Memo­rial Glade and hoped the Fris­bee golf team wasn’t prac­tic­ing, or I slept with the tree sit­ters.”

Times are chang­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Bear In­sider, “An un­ex­pected but em­i­nently log­i­cal dona­tion from Cal grad and donor Kevin Kennedy brought eight sleep­ing pods de­signed with enough spa­cious­ness to com­fort­ably sleep large hu­man be­ings” and five re­clin­ers to what is now known as the Bear den.

The gifts, cus­tom de­signed in Europe, ar­rived just be­fore the cur­rent sea­son.

“When I first got here, you’d go in the lounge and we had these lit­tle couches that were about four feet long, more like love seats,” Cal head coach Justin Wil­cox told Bear In­sider. “And in the year I’d been here, ev­ery time you went in the lounge, the lights would be down and the TVS off and the guys were curled up tak­ing naps be­cause of where our sta­dium is rel­a­tive to their dorms and apart­ments and school. They often have just an hour or so be­tween a work­out or meet­ings or class.”

The pods – imag­ine a beer can on steroids or a bob­sled that could ac­com­mo­date a 300-pounder –close fully, Wil­cox said, “with nice pads, with pil­lows and blan­kets.”

There are rules, of course. Ath­letes “have to shower be­fore go­ing in and you bring your own pil­low and blan­ket, and no food and drinks,” Wil­cox said. “They’ve been awe­some about it. I go down there a cou­ple times a day and walk through there and guys are to­tally out, which is great.”

Kennedy told Bear In­sider that he so­licited ideas from for­mer Cal coaches Jeff Ted­ford (who fa­mously slept in his of­fice mul­ti­ple nights per week dur­ing the foot­ball sea­son), Sonny Dykes and now Wil­cox.

“I al­ways said, ‘What don’t you have that you need to get to the Rose Bowl? What is it that you’re miss­ing that will help you win the con­fer­ence?”

Clones of Aaron Rodgers and Desean Jack­son would be a nice start.

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