August 1, 2011
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, along with preseason All-Americans Mychal Kendricks and Mitchell Schwartz, met the local media during the annual Bay Area College Football Media Day on Monday. The event was hosted by the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at Hotel Nikko.
The activities began with a press conference and introductory comments from the bowl's executive director Gary Cavalli and Mike Billeci, the executive vice president and regional president for Wells Fargo Bank's Bay Area region.
Stanford head coach David Shaw was the first head coach to speak at podium, and was followed by San Jose State head coach Mike MacIntyre and Tedford.
"This time of year the body chemistry and the body clock ticks in a little bit," Tedford said early on in his comments. "On Friday when our football players report, it's the best day of the year for me."
"Last year, we did not meet our standard or our expectations by any means," Tedford later added. "But that was a wake-up call, and our kids are very focused to make sure we do what we need to do, with the commitment and the teamwork, all of the work that we need to do through camp and into the season."
Following the conclusion of Tedford's comments, each of the head coaches and all six players from the three schools in attendance made themselves available for interviews over the next hour at tables located throughout the Monterey Room. Kendricks and Schwartz were joined by their Stanford counterparts Andrew Luck and Shayne Skov, as well as Vince Buhagiar and Andres Vargas of San Jose State.
Following the press conference, the players and coaches proceeded to the luncheon portion of the event. Master of ceremonies Brian Murphy, co-host of the KNBR morning radio show "Murph and Mac," interviewed Tedford about the upcoming season. Comcast SportsNet's Kate Longworth then brought Kendricks to the podium for an entertaining question and answer session.
Murphy also interviewed Luck, MacIntyre and Shaw. SJSU radio analyst Kevin Richardson asked questions of Vargas.
The event brought to a close a series of sessions for Tedford and Shaw, both of whom participated in Pac-12 media events in Los Angeles, New York and Bristol last week.
After playing the last 88 seasons and every home game at Memorial Stadium since the facility opened for the 1923 Big Game, Cal will host its home games outside of Berkeley for the first time in 2011 while Memorial Stadium undergoes an extensive renovation and retrofit. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium as well as the Memorial Stadium webcam, visit stadium.berkeley.edu.
Cal football tickets for the team's five-game 2011 regular-season home schedule at San Francisco's AT&T Park are on sale now. Cal will host Pac-12 opponents USC (Thu., Oct. 13), Utah (Sat., Oct. 22), Washington State (Sat., Oct. 5) and Oregon State (Sat., Oct. 12) at the venue after playing Presbyterian in its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Single-game tickets for the TicketCity Battle by the Bay at San Francisco's Candlestick Park against Fresno State on Saturday, Sept. 3 are also on sale now. The neutral-site season opener for both teams is not part of the Bears' season-ticket package.
Tickets can be purchased online for at CalBears.com or by calling the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.
2011 CAL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Day, Date - Opponent (Time, TV)
^Sat., Sept. 3 - Fresno State (4 p.m. PT, CSN California)
Sat., Sept. 10 - at Colorado (1:30 p.m. MT/12:30 p.m. PT)
Sat., Sept. 17 - Presbyterian (TBA)
*Sat., Sept. 24 - at Washington (TBA)
*Thu., Oct. 6 - at Oregon (6 p.m. PT, ESPN)
*#Thu., Oct. 13 - USC (6 p.m. PT, ESPN)
*Sat., Oct. 22 - Utah (TBA)
*Sat., Oct. 29 - at UCLA (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 5 - Washington State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 12 - Oregon State (TBA)
*Sat., Nov. 19 - at Stanford (TBA)
*Fri., Nov. 25 - at Arizona State (8:15 p.m. MT/7:15 p.m. PT, ESPN)
!Fri., Dec. 2 - Pac-12 Championship Game (TBA, FSN)
Home Games in Bold at AT&T Park, San Francisco, Calif.; ^TicketCity Battle by the Bay at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif.; *Pac-12 Game; !Pac-12 Championship Game at Home Site of Regular-Season Champion; #Homecoming