Sept. 12, 1997
Oklahoma (1-1) Visits California (1-0)
Homecoming Match-Up Versus Sooners First Since 1976
KICKOFF/ATTENDANCE: Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. PT. Attendance is expected to be approximately 45,000.
TELEVISION: The game will be aired live nationally as part of the Pacific-10 Conference - Fox Sports Net package (locally on Bay TV). Barry Tompkins will call play-by-play with Tom Ramsey providing analysis. Carol Lewis will supply sideline reports.
RADIO: The game will be aired live over KGO Radio (810 AM) San Francisco and the five-station Golden Bear Radio Network. Other stations on the network are: KRCK (1490 AM) in King City; KGOE (105.5 FM) in Eureka; KFIV (1360 AM) in Modesto; and KJAX (1280 AM) in Stockton. The pre-game show begins 15 minutes prior to kickoff. KGO Radio is in its 24th season as the Golden Bears flagship station. Sports Director Joe Starkey is in his 23rd season handling play-by-play duties, and he is joined with color commentary by Lee Grosscup, who is in his ninth year in the booth. The Tom Holmoe Show airs weekly on KGO Radio each Tuesday at 6:20 p.m.
CAL GAMES AVAILABLE NATIONWIDE BY 800 TELEPHONE SERVICE: All Cal football radio broadcasts during the 1997 season are available nationwide via telephone through the facilities of TRZ Telephone Broadcast Services. Fans can access the Cal Radio Network from anywhere in the country at 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5918. The cost is $.50 for the first minute, with decreasing rates for additional minutes.
OFFICIAL CAL WEB SITE: All Cal releases, results, statistics, schedules, coach and player information, as well as historical data, can be found on the World Wide Web at www.calbears.com.
CAL BROADCASTS AVAILABLE OVER THE INTERNET: All Cal football radio broadcasts can be heard on the Internet at www.audionet.com/schools/berkeley. Visit the site and download the necessary software, then log on at game time to catch the Bears live.
THE SERIES: This game will be the third meeting between the Bears and Sooners with Oklahoma holding a 2-0 advantage. The two universities first met in Berkeley in 1954 with Oklahoma defeating Cal, 27-13. The second game between the schools, held in Norman, Okla., in 1976, resulted in a 28-17 Sooner victory.
TRAVEL PLANS: The Oklahoma travel party will arrive at the Oakland Airport Friday afternoon and will stay at the Berkeley Marina Marriott (510/548-7920). Media Relations Director Mike Prusinski and Assistant Media Relations Directors Mike Houck and Chris Williams will accompany the team. Oklahoma will return to Norman immediately after the game.
AROUND THE PAC-10: The remainder of the Pac-10 schedule for the week of Sept. 20 is: Stanford at Oregon State; Brigham Young at Arizona State; Fresno State at Oregon; Nebraska at Washington; Arizona at Ohio State; and Washington State at Illinois. Both USC and UCLA are Idle.
RELEASE AVAILABLE ON FAXBACK: All California releases, statistics and rosters are available to the media on the Pacific-10 Conference FaxBack system. To access FaxBack, dial (503) 614-4044 from the handset of your fax machine. The Bears release is in directory 121050 and is generally available late Sunday afternoon. The rest of Cal's directory is as follows: notes and depth chart only (121051); stats only (121052); latest game stats (121053); latest game book (121054); and roster (121056).
WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE: California's weekly press luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Hall of Fame Room in Memorial Stadium. Head coach Tom Holmoe and several Cal players will be in attendance for interviews. In addition, Oklahoma head coach John Blake will be available via a speakerphone beginning at 11:45.
THE COACHES: Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young '83) is in his first year as head coach of the Bears and second with the Cal program. A 1983 graduate of BYU, Holmoe was the Cougars starting cornerback from 1980-82, and led the WAC in interceptions as a sophomore in 1980. He went on to earn first team WAC honors as a senior and later was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers. Holmoe went on to play seven years with in the NFL, all with San Francisco, and helped the 49ers win three Super Bowls. After retiring from pro football, he entered the coaching ranks, serving as a graduate assistant during the 1990 and '91 seasons under LaVell Edwards at his alma mater, BYU. In 1992, Holmoe was reunited with Bill Walsh after accepting and offer to become the Stanford secondary coach. After two years as a member of the Cardinal staff, he moved back to the pro ranks and his former team, the 49ers, as George Seifert's defensive backfield coach for the 1994 and '95 seasons. Last year, Holmoe joined the Bears staff as the defensive coordinator and on Jan. 18, 1997, he was named head football coach at Cal.
John Blake, Oklahoma (Oklahoma '83) , the Sooners' 20th head football coach, is in his second season as the helm of the Oklahoma football program and has a career record of 4-9. Blake, who is the nation's second youngest collegiate head football coach, returned to his alma mater after a three-year stint as defensive line coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 1993-95. Blake began his coaching career as a volunteer coach for Oklahoma in 1985, then served as graduate assistant coach with the Sooners during the 1986-87 seasons. He was the tight ends/receivers coach at the University of Tulsa in 1988 before returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach from 1989-92. As a player for Oklahoma, Blake was a member of two Big Eight championship teams (1979 and 1980) and two league runners-up (1978 and 1982). During his playing days, OU compiled a 36-11-1 overall record and ranked third in 1979 and 1980, 20th in 1981 and 16th in 1982.
SCHEDULES THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT NEXT OPPONENT CALIFORNIA (1-0, 0-0) OKLAHOMA (1-1, 0-0) USC (0-1, 0-0) Sept. 6 at Houston, 35-3 Aug. 23 at Northwestern, 0-24 Sept. 6 Florida State, 7-14 Sept. 20 OKLAHOMA Sept. 6 SYRACUSE, 37-35 Sept. 13 Washington State Sept. 27 USC Sept. 20 at California Sept. 27 California Oct. 4 at Louisiana Tech Sept. 27 LOUISVILLE Oct. 4 UNLV Oct. 11 WASHINGTON Oct. 4 at Kansas Oct. 11 at Arizona State Oct. 18 at Washington State Oct. 11 vs. Texas Oct. 18 at Notre Dame Oct. 25 at UCLA Oct. 18 BAYLOR Oct. 25 Oregon Nov. 1 OREGON STATE Oct. 25 KANSAS STATE Nov. 1 at Washington Nov. 8 ARIZONA STATE Nov. 1 at Nebraska Nov. 8 Stanford Nov. 15 at Arizona Nov. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE Nov. 15 at Oregon State Nov. 22 at Stanford Nov. 15 TEXAS A&M Nov. 22 UCLA Nov. 22 at Texas Tech
PAC-10 FEED: The Pacific-10 Conference provides a weekly satellite feed every Wednesday throughout the season. The weekly feed will air from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon PT on Telstar 5, Transponder 23 (C-Band). In case of trouble with the feed, call Master Control at (310) 286-3800 or Renee Lyall at (510) 932-4411.
HIGHLIGHT SHOW: The weekly one-half hour California Football Highlight Show, hosted by Tim Sharp, is in its 12th season on KPIX-TV (Channel 5) in San Francisco. The show will be aired each Sunday on KPIX at 5 p.m. In addition, the program will be rebroadcast on SportsChannel on Mondays, usually at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. each week. In addition, Cal football will also be featured in SportsChannel's weekly Cal Sports Magazine show this fall. The show is scheduled to air Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6:00 p.m. There will be re-airings throughout Friday and Saturday mornings.
IKON OFFICE SOLUTIONS PLAY OF THE WEEK: Each week throughout the 1997 football season, IKON Office Solutions will salute the Golden Bear Play of the Week. For the Houston game, the play was Bobby Shaw's 50-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Justin Vedder with 0:44 remaining in the first half. The score gave the Bears a 21-3 lead heading into intermission.
THE TIMES PLAYER OF THE GAME: Each week throughout the 1997 football season, the Contra Costa Times will recognize the Cal Player of the Game. All-America candidate Bobby Shaw was selected as the Cal Player of the Game against Houston. The senior wide receiver out of San Francisco snared 11 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns in Cal's 35-3 season opening victory versus the Cougars.
HOMECOMING '97: Saturday's home opener versus Oklahoma will also be the highlight of Cal's Homecoming and Reunion Weekend '97. The California Alumni Association expects more than 1,000 alumni and their families to return to Berkeley for the event. A keynote address, given by Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl on Friday, Sept. 19, will kickoff the three-day celebration. Class and college reunions, lectures, open houses, tours and a special convocation for members of the classes of '71 and '72 who may have been unable to attend their graduation ceremonies will also be held. For more details and further information on Homecoming and Reunion Weekend '97, call 1-888-UNIV-CAL.
POSTERS, GET YOUR POSTERS: The first 10,000 fans arriving at Memorial Stadium for the Oklahoma versus Cal game will receive a free 1997 Cal football schedule poster. The color 18 X 24 poster features Cal wide receiver Bobby Shaw along with the Bears '97 schedule.
NATIONAL CHAMPS TO BE HONORED: Cal's 1997 national champion men's gymnastics and rugby teams will be honored at halftime of the Saturday's game.