Kelly at Cal never was good idea

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It sounds as if Chip Kelly wasn’t a se­ri­ous part of Cal’s search for a new coach, and al­low the Lounge to speak for many alums: That’s good news.

There’s no ques­tion Kelly would rep­re­sent an up­grade from Sonny Dykes; the de­posed 49ers head coach has more big­time ex­pe­ri­ence and a su­pe­rior com­mand of strat­egy. But his heart wouldn’t have been in the Cal job.

“He’d just be a guy pass­ing through,” said one very prom­i­nent alum, re­lay­ing what he por­trayed as wide­spread opin­ion. “You know he’d be look­ing at other jobs the whole time. So he’s an up-tempo of­fen­sive guy? Well, we’ve seen that al­ready. And I could see him be­com­ing dis­en­chanted with the aca­demic re­al­i­ties at Cal — not to men­tion a half-dozen other Pac-12 teams look­ing at a Top 25 rank­ing next year. So, please, no Chip.”

Justin Wil­cox may not be a big name, but he’s the per­fect hire: a man with Cal ex­pe­ri­ence (hav­ing coached there from 2003-05 un­der Jeff Ted­ford) and de­vo­tion to de­fense. The ul­ti­mate can­di­date, in the eyes of many? Ron Rivera, the for­mer Cal star who is said to con­sider it his dream job. But not just yet, not with Rivera in charge of the NFL’s Carolina Pan­thers.

Noc­tur­nal mad­ness

Dykes is tak­ing far too much heat for the Bears’ fal­ter­ing at­ten­dance. That falls squarely on the Pac-12 Con­fer­ence and the pre­pos­ter­ous tele­vi­sion deal it ar­ranged with net­works and school ad­min­is­tra­tors. Cal had three 7:30 starts at home this sea­son and an­other at 6 p.m. The only thing close to a “day” game was the 2:30 start against Stan­ford, and that ended in dark­ness. Just as trou­bling were the week­day games and a “sched­ule” that left most start­ing times in doubt un­til just a few days be­fore.

We’ve printed let­ters of out­rage be­fore, but they just keep com­ing:

Bob Cobb: “There are few things bet­ter in the Bay Area than an af­ter­noon foot­ball game in Berke­ley. Walk­ing up with the band af­ter their con­cert in Sproul Plaza, hav­ing a bev­er­age in the af­ter­noon sun, maybe tail­gat­ing. You can take your grand­chil­dren, teach­ing the ways of the Berke­ley cam­pus. Not with those night starts.”

Don Bee­son: “No more pic­nics, no more Big Game par­ties, no more postgame din­ners with friends. We, and oth­ers we know, have given up our sea­son tick­ets and no longer at­tend games. I hope the ad­min­is­tra­tion of these schools stops to re­flect on what they’ve done and why their fan base is erod­ing.”

Ron Ruben­stein: “We re­ally re­sent the ar­ro­gance of peo­ple who give us vir­tu­ally no ad­vance no­tice of game times. If my grand­son’s birth­day party is on a Satur­day, are they sup­posed to hold off sched­ul­ing it un­til we know what time the game starts? It’s as if they’re mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to make the Cal foot­ball ex­pe­ri­ence as dif­fi­cult and un­de­sir­able as pos­si­ble.”

Vo­gey per­se­veres

Sign­ing with Min­nesota was no des­per­a­tion move for exGiant Ryan Vo­gel­song. He said it was one of the few teams he’d tar­geted, and at the mo­ment, the Twins see him as a starter ... Saw “Fences,” a great film set in 1957 Pitts­burgh. No­tice­able glitch: Men­tion­ing that Sandy Ko­ufax was “lead­ing the league in strike­outs.” He did that in 1961, but didn’t come close be­fore­hand ... Nolan Are­nado may have set aside his Puerto Ri­can roots for the U.S. in the World Base­ball Clas­sic next month, but how’s this for the P.R.’s in­field: Car­los Cor­rea play­ing third as he de­fers to Fran­cisco Lin­dor at short­stop, with Javier Baez at se­cond ... Be­fore sign­ing with the A’s, San­ti­ago Casilla re­flected on his fi­nal Gi­ants sea­son and said, “I think they for­got all the great mo­ments I’ve had here.” No, they haven’t. Not the fans with even a trace of per­spec­tive.

So much trou­bling news on Thurs­day, from the War­riors to a long­time San Fran­cisco es­tab­lish­ment to the cat­a­strophic in­ci­dent near Yoshi’s night­club in Oak­land. The War­riors came off as in­sen­si­tive and tone-deaf when they hired, then quickly fired, for­mer San Fran­cisco Po­lice Chief Greg Suhr. The back­lash came quickly, and they’ll take the heat. From what we can gather: Suhr was not go­ing to be an em­ployee, but rather a part-time con­sul­tant and ad­viser on se­cu­rity mat­ters. The War­riors did ex­ten­sive home­work on Suhr, find­ing him to be well-re­garded as an in­di­vid­ual and a man — in the opin­ion of many sources — who took re­spon­si­bil­ity for some trou­bling in­ci­dents within his staff. But the mere men­tion of Suhr’s name raises ire through­out the Bay Area, and the War­riors didn’t an­tic­i­pate such in­tense re­ac­tion. So they did the smart thing and cor­rected their mis­take ... I was a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Lefty O’Doul’s, the Union Square hof­brau re­port­edly set to close on Feb. 3, and it’s a place dear to my heart. My first date with Martha, who be­came my wife, took place there af­ter Game 4 of the 1990 World Se­ries (the night the A’s were swept by Cincin­nati). We sat there chuck­ling as the pi­ano player and an out-ofthe-au­di­ence singer tor­tured a few old stan­dards ... As for the in­juries to Tower of Power drum­mer David Garibaldi (my all-time per­sonal fa­vorite in any genre) and Marc Van Wa­genin­gen, a renowned bass player sit­ting in for Rocco Pres­tia, it’s a time of shock and prayers. It seemed in­con­ceiv­able that they could be hit by an Am­trak train as they crossed the street on their way into Yoshi’s, but they weren’t aware of an­other train head­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Re­ports in­di­cate that the in­juries are se­vere but that they will re­cover. Best to them both and the en­tire band, a time­less trea­sure that lit­er­ally gave the Bay Area a “Soul Vac­ci­na­tion.”

Tony Ave­lar / As­so­ci­ated Press

Fired 49ers head coach Chip Kelly would “just be a guy pass­ing through” had he got­ten the Cal job, says one alum.

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