Nov. 9, 1997
California (3-6) Visits Arizona (4-5) Bears Seek Second Straight Victory Over Wildcats
GAME NO. 10 California Golden Bears (3-6, 1-5 Pac-10) at Arizona Wildcats (4-5, 2-4 Pac-10)
Saturday, Nov. 15, 1997, Arizona Stadium (57,803 - Grass), Tucson, AZ
KICKOFF/ATTENDANCE: Kickoff is at 8 p.m. MT / 7 p.m. PT. Attendance is expected to be approximately 40,000.
TELEVISION: The game will be aired live nationally on Fox Sports Net and locally on Bay TV. Barry Tompkins will call play-by-play, with Tom Ramsey providing analysis and Carol Lewis supplying 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: SaturdayÕs game will be the 19th meeting between the Bears and Wildcats with Cal holding a 9-7-2 advantage in the series. In the longest game in Pac-10 history, Cal defeated Arizona, 56-55, in four overtimes last year in Berkeley. The teams ended regulation tied at 35-35, but the Bears claimed victory when they stopped the Wildcats on a faked extra-point attempt. Cal quarterback Pat Barnes threw for 503 yards and eight touchdowns, while Bobby Shaw caught seven passes for 132 yards and a score.
TRAVEL PLANS: The California travel party will depart from Oakland Airport Friday at 3 p.m. on a charter and will stay at the Holiday Inn - City Center (520-624-8711). Associate Athletic Director for Communications Kevin Reneau and Associate Media Relations Director Herb Benenson will accompany the team. Cal will return to Berkeley immediately after the game.
AROUND THE PAC-10: The remainder of the Pac-10 schedule for the week of Nov. 15 is: Oregon at Arizona State ; USC at Oregon State; Stanford at Washington Sate; and Washington at UCLA.
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 CalÕs 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: CalÕs weekly press luncheon will begin at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 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, Arizona head coach Dick Tomey will be available via a speakerphone beginning at 11:45.
THE COACHES: Tom Holmoe, California (Brigham Young Õ83) 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 Õ91 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 SeifertÕs defensive backfield coach for the 1994 and Õ95 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.
Dick Tomey, Arizona (DePauw Õ60) is in his 11th season at the helm of the Wildcat football program. In that time, Tomey has compiled a 69-51-4 overall record and is the all-time leader in victories among Arizona coaches. Tomey is also the winningest coach in University of Hawaii football history where he posted a mark of 63-31-6 from 1977-86. TomeyÕs coaching career began in 1962 when he was hired as a graduate assistant at Miami of Ohio. After two seasons there, Tomey he spent the 1964 season at Northern Illinois as an assistant coach before joining current Arizona offensive coordinator Homer SmithÕs staff at Davidson in 1965. Tomey left Davidson prior to the 1967 season and spent the next four years as an assistant coach under Pepper Rodgers at Kansas. In 1971, he went with Rodgers to UCLA and was a member of the BruinsÕ staff until 1977 when he was named head coach at Hawaii. After 20 seasons as a head coach, Tomey has an overall record of 132-97-7.
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 Fox Sports Bay Area (formerly SportsChannel) on Mondays, usually at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesdays at 4 p.m. each week. In addition, Cal football will also be featured in Fox Sports Bay AreaÕs weekly Cal Sports Magazine show this fall. The show is scheduled to air Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 6 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. Against Arizona State, the play was cornerback Derrick GardnerÕs 72-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter for CalÕs first score of the game.
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. For the Arizona State game, the player was punter Nick Harris, who had 10 punts for a 45.7 ypp average. Harris had a career-long 63-yard kick and consistently hit long kicks in a game dominated by defense for much of the game.