It seems way too early for this, but both California and Stanford were scheduled to begin spring football practice Monday afternoon. (Do they realize this is the month after the national-title game?)
Cal obviously has no sense for the rhythm of the seasons. It has its spring game March 23, when most of us will be engrossed in the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament.
There is a certain amount of intrigue around the Bears, who have a new coach in Sonny Dykes, and suspense around the quarterback competition. Expected to be front and center there is East Bay product Zach Kline.
Stanford also gets going early, less than two months removed from its Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. The story lines there are the replacement of two standout tight ends in Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo; a new offensive coordinator in Mike Bloomgren, who was running-game coordinator for the Cardinal the past two years (he replaces Pep Hamilton, who left to go to the Indianapolis Colts); and the development of quarterback Kevin Hogan, who looked so promising down the stretch last season.
Cal will be done with spring drills before some schools have started. Washington gets an early start March 5 while Washington State kicks off its session March 21.