Cal Basketball Video: "Patience" Is Not a Word the Cal Fan Base Wants to Hear

Jake Curtis says you should look for the little things in Mark Fox's first season

Nobody expects Mark Fox to work wonders in his first season as Cal's head coach. If the Bears finish in the top half of the Pac-12 standings, Fox would probably be named conference coach of the year -- that's how low expectations will be be.

That does not mean there won't be complaints by the Cal faithful if the Bears finish near the bottom of the Pac-12 standings again. Cal will preach patience, and patience is not a word a fan base wants to hear.

But there are certain expectations. If the Bears show discipline, organization, smart play and improvement over the course of the 2019-20 season, it will suggest that good times may be ahead.

The naming of Fox did not bring instant excitement to the progam, and the fact that Fox is known primarily as a defensive coach did not arouse extra enthusiasm. So Fox's first Cal squad needs to show the little things that indicate the new coach is laying a foundation that can lead to success.

(Click here for a video of Jeff Faraudo's take on expectations for Mark Fox's first season.)