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.