Weekly Q&A – Cal answers

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Thank you to those who wished me well this Thanksgiving and I hope you’re all having spectacular days full of football, food and good company. I, for one, am thankful for many things, including this space to do a job I greatly enjoy, reliable press box wi-fi and that feature on Twitter that allows you to search and add GIFs. That came in clutch this season.

So to get to your questions:

Jim Mora once yelled out in front of countless media after a USC football game “We own this town.” In your opinion, who owns this town as of Nov. 19, 2016: UCLA or USC? Also, will Texas be knocking on Mora’s door soon?

Like last week, you really shouldn’t need me to point out the obvious. When it comes to the football rivalry, USC has won two games in a row, has a star quarterback who is not only healthy, but captivating much of the West Coast (if not the nation), and recently flipped a local quarterback recruit (Jack Sears) from Duke. UCLA has landed a few blows, like grabbing Greg Rogers, but the scoreboard is trending in USC’s direction right now.

I don’t expect Texas to come after Mora if/when they part with Charlie Strong. Continue reading

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UCLA football links: Takkarist McKinley’s homecoming

Senior Takkarist McKinley is getting ready to finish his UCLA career with a homecoming to the Bay Area. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Senior Takkarist McKinley is getting ready to finish his UCLA career with a homecoming to the Bay Area. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova, Press-Telegram/ Daily Breeze/SCNG)

Takkarist McKinley has had this game circled on his calendar for months. Not because it could be his last game in a UCLA uniform, or its against the team he signed with out of high school, but because he’ll have up to 50 people in his cheering section in the crowd.

McKinley shot up mock draft boards this year, and before he embarks on an NFL career he’s heading home to the Bay Area this Saturday.

“It’s a blessing,” the defensive end said of getting to play his final game as a Bruin in front of his hometown crowd.

More about McKinley’s homecoming.

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Video: Takkarist McKinley and Kenny Young on Cal

Defensive end Takkarist McKinley talks about returning home to the Bay Area, facing the team he signed with out of high school and how many people he’s expecting in his cheering section this Saturday.

Linebacker Kenny Young talks about what he’s focused on for this weekend after what could be the team’s last padded practice of the year.

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