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Is Coach Rob. on Obama's Speed-Dial?, Cal Fans React, and Langsdorf Isn't Talking to Miami

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The morning after....

President Obama recently won the fight to keep his BlackBerry, but we don't think he's called OSU Coach Craig Robinson yet about the Beavers' 69-65 win over Cal last night at Haas Pavilion. 

From the New York Times:

For two months now, Mr. Obama has been waging a vigorous public relations campaign among his aides and his minders to keep his BlackBerry, which he has relied upon for years. He insisted, officials said, that they find a way to allow him to step into the modern age and stay in touch with a small circle of associates.

He wouldn't take no for an answer, even though he was dubious only a few weeks ago when he spoke about the topic in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times.

Obama called Robinson after the Beavers beat USC earlier in the season. We'll be keeping our eyes on the situation today, to see if the President has time to dial up his brother-in-law amidst his new job duties.

While we rejoiced the win last night, many of the Cal faithful did not, expectedly. TwistNHook is 'tired of hope and progress'... he's going back and changing his voteto John McCain.

And Robert Cologne of the Examiner suggests that the Bears seemed to have it in the bag with just under 10 minutes left:

If you were told that the Golden Bears (15-4, 4-2 Pac-10) would have an 11 point lead and all of the momentum against the Oregon State Beavers (7-10, 2-5 Pac-10) with only 9:27 left to play, you'd probably have no trouble thinking that the Bears were only 9:27 away from notching another win.
As Lee Corso likes to say on ESPN's College Gameday, "Not so fast my friend!"

The Bears, who had shot nearly 50% from the floor and over 50% from beyond the arc, went completely cold after getting up 62-51. At the time, they had just completed an 11-4 run on the strength of two three's by Patrick Christopher and Jerome Randle dominating from the point.

Oregonian beat writer Paul Buker brings us evidence today that completely shoots down the "Landsdorf to Miami" rumors were were talking about yesterday. Buker reached Coach Riley, who was driving around Texas with Langsdorf, recruiting. 

"The story never was real,'' Riley told Buker on the phone.

"I've been with Danny since Monday, driving around Texas and Oklahoma. ... Danny doesn't know (UM coach) Randy Shannon, he's never been contacted by anyone from the school.

"He doesn't know anything about it.''

We can only hope the staff stays intact in the weeks to come. 

If you haven't gotten a chance yet, take a minute to read Chuck Klosterman's story in Esquire on Coach Robinson and Barack Obama. It's worth the read.

--Jake (jake.buildingthedam@gmail.com)