You know it’s a slow news day for the San Francisco 49ers beat writers when the only story coming out of training camp was coach Jim Harbaugh defending his past defense of since-traded wide receiver A.J. Jenkins.
For those that don’t remember, early during camp last season, the media questioned the 49ers’ pick of Jenkins with the 30th pick in the 2012 draft. There were already rumblings he was nowhere near worthy of that pick. Harbaugh then vociferously defended the selection and the player himself, calling those who questioned the pick as “clueless,” among other things.
I don’t see how anyone could have expected Harbaugh to say anything else. He is already well known for glowing praise of players — regardless of talent or performance — like any good coach does.
Now, a year later, it was obvious Jenkins did not have “it” and he was traded to Kansas City for another struggling young pro in receiver Jon Baldwin.
Here’s a team that is one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl after coming agonizingly close to winning it last season and this is the story out of camp Wednesday? According to the Associated Press report, Harbaugh brought up Jenkins unsolicited, but that doesn’t mean that should be the focal point of the story. Any of the reporters in attendance could have easily steered the conversation to any other topic, but it appears they just let Harbaugh ramble on about the media bullying young players and then wrote their reports.
I’m curious if this was the only story line of the day. Usually at training camps, the team all but decides what the story of the day will be and will make that available to the media. That’s why every media outlet in the Bay Area, along with the Associated Press, will have basically the same story about the 49ers, Raiders, Giants, A’s, etcetera.
It seems to me, however, that someone could have dug around for something else. Jenkins is gone. The 49ers made a mistake in drafting him. It happens. Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke are not, after all, perfect. But guess what? Bill Walsh swung and missed on some draft picks as well, just as every professional sports organization.
It’s almost as if Jenkins is a bigger story now that he’s gone than he ever was when he was here. Time to move on.
While the high school sports season is still a couple weeks away, the college athletic year begins next week as Cañada College, Skyline College and College of San Mateo teams will all be in action next week.
Men’s soccer will kick things off with both Cañada and Skyline opening their seasons next Tuesday, Aug. 27. The Colts will be on the road for a 7 p.m. date with Cabrillo, while the Trojans will be at Contra Costa College for a 4 p.m. kickoff. Both will host their home openers Aug. 30, with Cañada taking on Cosumnes River, while Skyline hosts Santa Rosa. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
On the women’s soccer side, Skyline opens the season at home, Aug. 30 against Shasta at 3 p.m. Cañada women will open its season a few days later, Sept. 4 when it travels to Monterey.
The Skyline women’s volleyball team opens its season at the Modesto tournament Aug. 30 and will host Contra Costa College in its home opener Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
The Cañada women’s golf team, the defending Central Valley Conference and Nor Cal champs, tees off the 2013 season at Tracy Country Club in a preseason CVC tournament Aug. 27.
The Skyline wrestling team will host an alumni scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6.
Turns out Menlo-Atherton has not hired a new wrestling coach.
Last week, the school sent out a release about the hiring of Pablo Marquez as the school’s new wrestling coach. This week, another release was sent out, saying the announcing of Marquez’s hiring was premature and sent in error and that Marquez has not been hired.
The school is still looking to fill the position, the press release said.
Burlingame High School is in desperate need of a boys’ water polo coach. Athletic director John Philipopoulos said he posted the opening in March and has not had much of a response.
If you or someone you know is interested in coaching water polo, contact Philipopoulos at 558-2899 ext. 5470 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.