August 10, 2012
BERKELEY - Cal Athletics Hall of Famer and veteran broadcaster Mike Pawlawski (paw-LAW-ski) has been selected as the radio analyst for Cal football games. The former Golden Bear quarterback has 12 seasons of experience in the broadcast booth and also played professional football for eight campaigns.
"It's great to come back home to the Cal family I love," Pawlawski said. "Fans will get an impartial look at Cal football and my analytical opinion of it, but it's great to be back home. I have incredible memories from my time at Cal, both with my teammates and all the people that bleed blue and gold that are fantastic to work with."
Pawlawski previously served one season as Cal's radio analyst in 2004 after spending the two previous campaigns as a sideline reporter. He has also been a national, West Coast and Pac-10/12 college football and Arena Football League television color analyst since 2000, working for entities such as Comcast SportsNet, FOX and NBC.
"Football is what I do," Pawlawski said. "I like to describe the game in a way so people listening to the broadcast can understand it. I like to give them my insight and translate it into English to help them recognize what's happening on the field. I try to give them the insights that they can't see, the things that they may not be looking for."
Pawlawski has the amazing distinction of leading each of the six teams he was the starter for in college and professional football to a bowl or championship game, winning three of the four. Pawlawski quarterbacked Cal to back-to-back bowl victories in 1990 (Copper Bowl) and 1991 (Citrus Bowl) in each of his final two seasons with the Bears. He also led the 1999 Albany Firebirds to the Arena Bowl title and the San Francisco Demons to the 2001 XFL Championship Game.
His collegiate playing days at Cal were highlighted by a 1991 season in which he led the Bears to a final No. 7 ranking in the coaches poll and a No. 8 slot according to AP. He was named the Pac-10's Co-Offensive Player of the Year as Cal posted a 10-2 overall record to tie a school mark for victories. Pawlawski completed 191-of-316 passes (60.4%) for 2,517 yards with 21 touchdowns as a senior to tie for fifth on the school's single-season list in TD passes. His 141.1 passer efficiency rating was sixth on Cal's single-season list. He also threw for six touchdowns (tied for second-most in a single game at Cal) when Cal broke a school record for points scored in a season-opening 86-24 victory over Pacific.
As a junior Pawlawski led the Bears to a 7-4-1 overall record, completing 179-of-299 passes (59.9%) for 2,069 yards and 17 scores.
Pawlawski's career quarterback rating of 132.0 is fifth all-time at Cal, while he is eighth in touchdown passes (40), as well as 10th for both career passing yards (5,181) and total offense (5,018).
Pawlawski was drafted in the eighth round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and spent one season in the NFL. He played for six seasons in the Arena Football League with the Miami Hooters (1995) and Albany Firebirds (1996-2000), completing 1,351-of-2,045 passes (66.1%) for 16,673 yards with 303 touchdowns. Pawlawski had a 118.98 AFL quarterback rating that is currently the 10th highest in the league's history. He finished his playing career by playing one season for the San Francisco Demons of the XFL in 2001, completing 186-of-297 passes (62.6%) for 1,659 yards with 12 touchdowns.
"We are excited to have one of the great quarterbacks in Cal history join our broadcast team," Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said. "Mike has a tremendous passion for Cal and outstanding football knowledge that has been on display for many years both on the field and in the broadcast booth."
"We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to hire someone with Mike's broadcast experience, love for Cal and relationships with members of our coaching staff and Cal Athletics," said Damon Dukakis, General Manager of the Cal IMG Radio Network. "He will be a tremendous addition to our broadcast team."
Pawlawski takes over for another former Cal quarterback Troy Taylor, who resigned in the offseason after seven campaigns in the role to become the co-head football coach at Folsom High School.
"To come in behind him, I just hope to carry on the kind of professionalism and due diligence that Troy did this whole time," Pawlawski said. "He was as good as they get it."
"It has been an absolute pleasure working with Troy," Dukakis added. "He has been a consummate professional and an outstanding member of our team. We're certainly going to miss working with him, but we are ecstatic that we were able to bring Mike on board and are looking forward to working with him."
Cal will open the 2012 season against Nevada at a renovated Memorial Stadium on Sat., Sept. 1 (Noon PT). The contest will be televised live by Pac-12 Networks, and the radio broadcast will be available on the Cal IMG Sports Radio Network with KGO 810 in San Francisco serving as the flagship station. Pawlawski and play-by-play broadcaster Joe Starkey will call the game from the booth, with Todd McKim serving as the sideline reporter.
Tickets for Cal's return to a renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012 are currently on sale by calling (800) GO BEARS (800-462-3277), online at CalBears.com, or in person at the Sales and Service Center located in the Haas Pavilion Club Room Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT. More season-ticket information is available at CalBears.com. For updates on the progress of the renovation and retrofit of Memorial Stadium, visit californiamemorialstadium.com.
In addition to the Sept. 1 season-opener vs. Nevada, Cal's 2012 seven-game home schedule includes contests against Pac-12 foes Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Washington and UCLA, as well as a non-conference game against Southern Utah.