SAN DIEGO - The Cal football team continued activities for the 2011 Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl at the Navy & Marine Corps Luncheon aboard the USS Boxer, an 844-foot long, 40,500 ton Navy ship that holds over 3,000 crew and troops.
The Golden Bears and Texas Longhorns were welcomed aboard the ship by a battle of the bands with the Cal and Texas marching bands squaring off to start the day on Pier 13 next to the ship.
Once aboard the ship, the teams shared lunch with other officers and sailors, and listened to a number of keynote speakers, including Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and Cal Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour. In all, the event held a couple hundred people between players and staffs from both teams and the officers and crew of the ship.
The highlight of the day was Cal assistant recruiting coordinator Kevin Parker being awarded with the Admiral Grant Sharp Trophy, given to member of each program for unselfish commitment, ability to motivate and display of teamwork with little acclaim. It is an award voted on by the players.
Following the lunch and speeches, the Bears and Longhorns took a tour of the ship.
Cal then returned to San Diego State to resume practice for Wednesday night's clash against the Longhorns. The Bears have one practice remaining at SDSU on Tuesday, as well as the Kickoff Luncheon at the San Diego Convention Center.
Visit CalBears.com for continued in-depth coverage of the team's stay in San Diego. Below is a list of some of the remaining highlights leading up to Wednesday's game.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27
Practice (San Diego State)
Head Coaches Press Conference (The Omni Hotel)
Holiday Bowl Kickoff Luncheon (San Diego Convention Center)
Cal Pep Rally
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28
Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade (Downtown San Diego)
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl vs. Texas (Snapdragon Stadium by Qualcomm)