Aug. 2, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - Cal head coach Jeff Tedford, preseason honorable mention All-American linebacker Mike Mohamed and tailback Shane Vereen took part in the annual Bay Area College Football Media Day hosted by the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at Hotel Nikko on Monday.
The day began early for Mohamed with a 5:30 a.m. wake-up call in San Diego, where he had spent the previous weekend with his family. After an early-morning flight to Oakland and a drive to San Francisco, he arrived in time for the event's 10:45 a.m. start, and was joined by Tedford and Vereen.
The activities began with a greeting from Doug Kelly, the Director of Communications for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Kelly introduced the bowl's Executive Director Gary Cavalli, who addressed an estimated total of 50 media members at the event before acknowledging WAC Commissioner Karl Benson in attendance.
Tedford and fellow Bay Area FBS head coaches Jim Harbaugh (Stanford) and Mike MacIntyre (San Jose State) then spoke briefly to the media from the podium and introduced their players in attendance, before all players and coaches made themselves available to the media for interviews over the next hour at tables located throughout the Monterey Room.
At the conclusion of the media portion of the event, 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 both Tedford and Mohamed about the upcoming season, as well as Harbaugh and Cardinal player Sione Fua. San Jose State assistant athletic director for broadcasting Mike Chisholm interviewed first-year Spartans' head coach MacIntyre and player Brandon Rutley.
The event also featured three raffles for autographed helmets signed by each team's head coach and inspiring videos about each program, as well as another video introducing the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which is the only college football bowl game in the United States named after a cause. Cavalli elaborated on the mission of the San Francisco bowl game that was most recently known as the Emerald Bowl during his comments at the luncheon.
Cal opens its 2010 season vs. UC Davis on Saturday, Sept. 4. The upcoming campaign also includes visits from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington during a seven-game home schedule.
As Cal football prepares for its final season in the current Memorial Stadium, it is important to purchase season tickets this year. Cal fans that purchase season tickets and maintain their donation levels will have access to the best possible season-ticket seat locations when Cal football plays at AT&T Park in 2011 and returns to the renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012.
Call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or visit CalBears.com to purchase your 2010 season tickets now.