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February 10, 2012
PODCAST: Treggs, Wheeler, hoops and softball
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LISTEN TO HOUR ONE OF THE BEAR REPUBLIC PODCAST WITH BRYCE TREGGS HERE.
LISTEN TO THE SECOND SEGMENT OF THE BEAR REPUBLIC PODCAST HERE.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- We're not quite done with California's 2012 signing class, as four-star wide receiver Bryce Treggs comes on as our very special guest in the first hour of the Bear Republic Podcast.
The Chairman, CEO and Founder of the #CalGang, Treggs talks about the recruiting process, the tumultuous four weeks leading up to National Signing Day and what it took to keep the 2012 class together during the crucial home stretch.
[Read more PREMIUM stories and the most extensive Cal Signing Day coverage on the net right HERE]
Treggs -- the No. 12 wide receiver in 2012 and the No. 81-ranked overall player in the class -- caught 70 passes for 1,377 yards and 11 touchdowns for Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco as a senior, and added two rushes for 21 yards while even completing one pass for 53 yards for the Braves. As a cornerback, Treggs tallied 41 tackles and one interception, which he returned for 90 yards, while returning four punts for 99 yards and one kickoff for 24 yards.
Treggs comes in as a part of a highly-touted wide receiver group ranked as the No. 4 bunch in all the land. He talks about his relationship with four-star early-enrollee quarterback Zach Kline, his impressions of new wide receivers coach Wes Chandler and gives insight into what goes on during an official visit.
Also in our first hour, we talk about the newest addition to the twitter world -- Bears head coach Jeff Tedford.
As we move into our second hour, we preview the Cal softball team's path to Oklahoma City and the Women's College World Series, as the No. 3 Bears kick off their season against No. 9 Tennessee as part of a busy weekend in Tempe, Ariz., competing in the Kajikawa Classic.
We bring in our second special guest of the evening in Jon Wheeler, a 15-year veteran of the college basketball coaching ranks. A former Cal assistant under Ben Braun, Wheeler was a two-year starter for the Bears on the hardwood as a 6-foot-7 forward, averaging 8.4 points as a senior to help lift Cal to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in 1987.
Following graduation, Wheeler played professional basketball in France and later toured with an Australian-based team, the Illawarra Hawks.
Wheeler gained his first coaching experience as a part-time assistant at Cal under Lou Campanelli from 1990-92. In 1990, he helped the Bears gain their first NCAA Tournament berth in 30 years.
Wheeler then went on to coach for UC Davis, where he served as head assistant coach for three seasons from 1992-95 under Bob Williams. During his final year there, the Aggies finished 20-11, captured their first league title in 18 years with a 13-1 mark and advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Wheeler returned to the Division I ranks as an assistant coach at Pepperdine in 1996. After one season with the Waves, Wheeler moved on to UC Santa Barbara, where he spent four years before returning to Berkeley.
While with the Gauchos, Wheeler worked under Jerry Pimm for two seasons and then was the only coach retained by Bob Williams, the former UC Davis coach, when he took over the program in 1998. During his tenure at UCSB, Wheeler served as recruiting and academic coordinator and worked with the Gaucho post players.
Wheeler breaks down Saturday's match-up between the Bears and UCLA, which, after Cal's big win over USC in the Galen Center on Thursday night, could mark the first time since the 1958-59 season that the Bears pull off the four-game sweep of the Los Angeles schools.
To finish out our second hour, we break down the prospects for the six former Cal football players headed to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine.