Enter the Warzone, ghost of Christmas past participle.
• For weeks, Fresno State led us to believe Cezar Guerrero would be eligible to return against Pacific.
Then Saturday night comes and goes, and we get zero explanation as to why the junior point guard remains out.
So much for transparency.
• It’s entirely possible for a student-athlete to be in good academic standing (as Fresno State claims) and still fall short of the NCAA’s requirements.
But by not giving us a thorough explanation as to why, everyone is made to look bad. Especially Guerrero, which isn’t fair to him.
• You may notice we’re not in Honolulu for Wednesday’s Hawaii Bowl.
Stuck in cloudy, foggy California, mahalo nui loa.
• Sounds like Tim DeRuyter has kept his pledge about preparing for this year’s bowl differently than the past two.
No college football coach wants 6-8 on his résumé.
• During Monday’s news conference at Waikiki Beach, DeRuyter said, “It’s going to come down to execution.”
• If only Chason Virgil were from Mendota instead of Mesquite, Texas, then everyone would be happy.
Never thought we’d see the day when people moaned Fresno State was signing too many good players from one of the nation’s football hotbeds.
• First thing Derek Carr asked after spotting us in the Raiders’ locker room: “How’s Rice look?”
Second thing: “Can we beat them?”
Once a Bulldog, always a Bulldog.
• By this time next week, Jim Harbaugh will officially be an ex-49ers coach.
Never too soon for regrets.
• Asked about his future, Harbaugh offered this Zen mind-bender: “What will happen, will happen. And what won’t happen, won’t happen.”
Channeling Phil Jackson, apparently.
• Still waiting for Jed York’s Twitter apology for undermining the 49ers’ season …
• The Reno Bighorns, Sacramento’s NBA D-League affiliate, are running the uptempo system favored by Kings owner Vivek Ranadive.
The Bighorns scored 152 points the other night — and still lost by 23.
• Robert Upshaw, the Memorial High product vanquished two years ago by the Bulldogs, leads the nation in blocks (4.5 per game) for the Washington Huskies.
And he’s doing it off the bench.
• Because he’s from Santa Cruz, played at Fresno State and is a heckuva nice guy, it’s easy to feel good about Casey McGehee becoming the Giants’ new third baseman.
Then you wonder why a 77-win team like the Marlins felt the need to upgrade the position.
• The Dodgers may or may not be in the running for free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer.
When you print your own money, what’s another $200 million?
• The Padres’ new-look outfield of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers is scary in all sorts of ways.
• A Florida State conduct panel cleared Jameis Winston of any and all wrongdoing stemming from sexual assault allegations.
The Seminoles have a big game coming up, after all.
• For no particular reason: Pooh Richardson
• One of the coolest stories over the weekend was Raiders tackle Menelik Watson donating a game check worth nearly $37,000 to the family of a 4-year-old girl battling a heart condition.
Even cooler was watching Ava Urrea give out high-fives to victorious Raiders players as they entered the locker room.
• Good to hear Vin Scully recovered his World Series ring after losing it, temporarily, in a pack of Costco ribs.
Those Dodgers World Series rings are antiques, after all.