BERKELEY – Golden Bear fans will have the opportunity to get an all-access inside look at Cal football during the first season of the Sonny Dykes era through The Drive, a new series that will air in 14 episodes on the Pac-12 Networks this fall.
The show will debut with an hour-long special on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. PT that will focus on summer training camp and the first two games of the 2013 season. For the subsequent 13 weeks, the program will be 30 minutes and air twice each Wednesday across all seven networks (7 and 9:30 p.m.). Check the Pac-12 Networks TV Schedule for additional repeats of the show, or visit pac-12.com/switch for information on how to get the Pac-12 Networks.
“We’re excited to partner with the Pac-12 Networks on this television show that is going to give people a unique insight into our football program,” head coach Sonny Dykes said. “We’re very proud of the way our student-athletes represent Cal and everything the university stands for. This show will be a great chance for people to get to know our coaching staff and players, and will provide a unique perspective on what happens with Cal football on a day-to-day basis. The more people know about the way we run our program, the more proud they are going to be of Cal football. It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase everything associated with our program.”
Following two teams this season – Cal and Arizona State – the documentary-style show will tell compelling stories not seen in traditional network programming. “The Drive” is not intended to break news, but allow fans to get closer to the coaches, student-athletes and support staff and gain an understanding of the highs and lows experienced in a football season from a variety of perspectives. Viewers can expect to see footage from practices, team meetings and activities, gamedays and road trips, as well as a glimpse of what life off the field is like for coaches, players and staff.
“One of our initial goals for Pac-12 Networks was to give fans an opportunity to get closer to their favorite teams and gain a new understanding of why being a member of a Pac-12 Conference athletic program is truly special,” Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans said. “The Pac-12 has some of the most talented student-athletes, coaches and support staff in college athletics and we’re excited to give fans a chance to understand all the hard work, emotion and dedication the individuals and their families put into a season.”
Leading the production effort are Michael Tolajian, Jim Jorden and Yogi Roth. Tolajian and Jorden are Emmy-winning producers who have worked on a wide variety of sports programming, including Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Hard Knocks, NFL Films and ESPN. Roth is an analyst for the Pac-12 Networks and will also serve as narrator for the series.
The Bears begin their training camp for their final preparations for the 2013 campaign Monday, Aug. 5, and the season-opener is set for Aug. 31 vs. Northwestern. Season and individual game tickets, as well as partial-season plans and group tickets, for Cal’s seven-game home slate are now on sale through the tickets link at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS.