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Cal Alumni in the News: Jaylen Brown, Kate Scott, C.J. Anderson, Ben Ross

September 24, 2020

See what your fellow Cal alumni are up to these days. In this edition of “Cal Alumni in the News,” catch up with a few Berkeley graduates who went on to pursue careers in sports. Whether they’re playing on nationally-recognized teams or reporting on sports, Cal alumni are making news on the daily.

Jaylen Brown advocates for change

Celtics shooting guard Jaylen Brown
Jaylen Brown by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 |

As a freshman at Cal, Celtics shooting guard and former Cal men’s basketball standout Jaylen Brown ’18 took a course at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education: Theoretical Foundations of the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education. Brown, who was named first-team all-conference and Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12 Conference in 2016, presented himself as both a stellar athlete and an intellectual. Today, he continues to defy the stereotype that those in the athletic community cannot also be scholars. Earlier this year, he led a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration in his home state, Georgia, using his fame to stand up against racial injustice and show the world the importance of doing so. Learn more about Jaylen Brown’s work off the court.

Kate Scott knows why we love sports

Kate Scott | Courtesy of Kate Scott
Kate Scott | Photo courtesy of Kate Scott

Cal alumna and sports broadcaster Kate Scott ’05 is the first woman to have called both an NFL game on the radio and football for the Pac-12 Networks. Scott is also the NFL’s first female play-by-play announcer. Scott recently discussed the obvious and not-so-obvious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on professional sports leagues.

It’s time to coach for C.J. Anderson

Former NFL running back C. J. Anderson ’13 has retired, turning his career away from playing and toward coaching. From 2011 to 2012, Anderson scored 14 touchdowns for Cal and had 1,135 rushing yards. More about Anderson’s post-NFL plans.

New sports podcast has us believing in Cal alumni

Bleave in Oakland A's podcast cover | Courtesy of Ben Ross
Ben Ross | Photo courtesy of Ben Ross

Award-winning sports reporter Ben Ross ’07 hosts a newly launched podcast, Bleave in Oakland A’s. In the first episode, he interviews outfielder and first baseman for the Oakland Athletics and former Cal baseball star Mark Canha ’11, and the two alums reflect on their time at Berkeley. Listen to Canha and Ross in discussion.