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“Cal (7-5) split its first eight games, leaving its bowl status in doubt, but wins in three of its final four contests — the only loss coming by a 31-28 score at then-No. 8 Stanford on Nov. 19 — earned it a Holiday Bowl berth. This is the Bears’ third appearance in the game.

“I’m really proud of the strong finish of our team,” said. “It shows a lot of character to fight through some adversity earlier in the year to play well down the stretch. That’s the mark of a quality football team, one that continues to improve and get better.

” … I know we’ll be excited to play. We’ll prepare well and go out and give it our best effort.”

Maynard went 20 of 29 for 280 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the defeat to the Cardinal, and he was 20 of 27 for 241 yards with one passing TD and another on the ground in a 47-38 victory over Arizona State the next week.

Sofele has run for 1,266 yards and nine TDs this season and was at his best in the final four games, averaging 141.3 yards.

“Coach Tedford is obviously known as one of the top offensive coaches in ,” Longhorns defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “You know when you go against one of his teams, it is going to be a challenge for you defensively. We will get back to trying to do what we do well defensively. They will provide a test for us in all three phases.”

Texas has won all four matchups with Cal, the last coming in 1970.

“We look forward to playing a university with a great tradition such as Texas,” Tedford said.

The Longhorns have won seven of their last nine postseason games and are appearing in the Holiday Bowl for the fifth time — the last coming in 2007 — with a 2-2 mark in the game.

Cal defeated Texas A&M 45-10 in the 2006 Holiday Bowl after falling 45-31 to in the ’04 game. The Bears are 5-2 in bowl games under Tedford.”

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Christmas Arrives Early At USC

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It was Christmas early for USC when announce he is returning to USC for his senior season. With Barkley’s announcement, USC will be a top 5 team to start the season in all football polls.

Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and now Matt Barkley. USC’s recent tradition of quarterbacks sticking around for their senior season continued on Thursday with Matt Barkley’s announcement that he will return for one more year in Los Angeles.

After throwing for 3,528 yards and 39 touchdowns, there was a lot of doubt that Barkley would return for another season. However, the opportunity to contend for a national title was too much to pass up. Barkley was expected to be the No. 2 quarterback in the 2012 draft, but could move to the top of the wishlist for teams wishing to draft a signal-caller in 2013.

Barkley’s decision to return to is huge for their national championship hopes. USC’s two-year bowl ban is over and with most of its core returning, this may be the Trojans best shot at winning a title until the scholarship reductions are over. USC didn’t make it through the offseason without a few departures to , as offensive tackle Matt Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry will enter the draft.

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Norm Chow Gone from Utah

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The University of Hawaii administration has authorized athletic director Jim Donovan to negotiate a contract to make Norm Chow the next Warriors football coach.

Chow emerged as the top choice from three finalists after a meeting of key UH officials Monday night, according to an official familiar with the situation but not yet authorized to speak publicly.

A press conference could be held Thursday, depending on negotiations and Chow’s travel availability.

The 65-year old Chow, who is the at Utah, could receive up to a five-year contract. Salary figures and other details remain to be worked out.

Chow, a graduate of Punahou School, has spent 38 years in college coaching at Brigham Young, State, USC, UCLA and Utah, but this will be his first head coaching job. He has also been an offensive coordinator in the NFL.

He has coached multiple winners and been part of three national championship teams.

Chow and his agent did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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Star Staying at Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — Big news from the big man on campus.

Utah nose tackle Star Lotulelei has made a lot of folks up on the hill happy with his decision to return to the Utes for his .

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound team captain, who was recently named the best defensive lineman in the Pac-12 by his peers, is putting an NFL career on hold after weighing his options.

“I think it would be better for me and my family if I stayed,” Lotulelei said while noting he consulted with his parents and wife, Angelina, after getting input from some scouts about his future. Education was also a big factor in Lotulelei’s decision, as he’ll earn his degree next fall.

“I’ll be back and hopefully help the team to go a little bit further next season,” added the first-team all-conference honoree, who is busy preparing with his teammates for the Dec. 31 against Georgia Tech.

Lotulelei, who was double-teamed much of the season but still tied for the team lead with nine tackles-for-loss, is this year’s winner of the Morris Trophy — an award presented each year to the Pac-12′s top defensive lineman as voted upon by the conference’s starting offensive linemen.

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PAC-12 Football Offensive & Defensive Line Players of the Year

Pac 12 Football Line Players of the Year

The Morris Trophy is a unique award given to the outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the . What makes the award unique is the selection procedure, which has the starting offensive linemen in the Conference voting for the defensive winner and vice versa. It is truly a players’ award.

Kalil, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound junior from Corona, Calif., was named a first-team All-Pac-12 performer in voting by the Pac-12 head coaches, and was a member of the Walter Camp Foundation All-America team. He is a two-year starter for USC and started 12 games this season at left tackle. Behind the , averaged 456.8 yards of total offense, while allowing only eight quarterback sacks (0.67 per game) all year – a figure that was ranked tops in the nation. Kalil strived on special teams as well, where he blocked four kicks (2 blocked PAT, 2 blocked FG attempts) this year. USC linemen have earned the offensive side of the Morris Trophy 12 times in 32 years.

Lotulelei, a 6-foot-3, 325-pound junior from South Jordan, Utah, was named first-team All-Pac-12 as selected by the Conference head coaches. He finished the regular season with 38 tackles, including a team-best 9.0 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks. Lotulelei and the Utah defensive limited the opposition to 97.0 rushing yards per game, while allowing a league-best 2.9 yards per carry. also topped the Pac-12 in red zone defense (74.3%), which contributed to a league-best 19.7 points allowed per game. Lotulelei becomes the first Utah player honored with the Morris Trophy.

The Morris Trophy is sponsored by the Washington Athletic Club, the 101 club, Athletic Awards of Seattle and the Morris Trophy Foundation. It was created by Traci (Morris) Drake in 1980 and named after her father, G. Patrick Morris, who was its sponsor for 29 years. Kalil and Lotulelei will be presented their awards at a luncheon at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

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