No GameDay

Greetings, everyone. I’m on vacation right now but I know there is a lot of interest in this so I thought I’d provide an update: ESPN’s GameDay is NOT coming to Berkeley for the Cal-Tennessee game on Sept. 1. As had been speculated, the network has decided to set up camp at Virginia Tech, instead. Obviously, it’s a way for ESPN to capture what should be an emotional day in the first football game since the university’s shooting massacre.

One interesting sidebar: ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit will be on site in Blacksburg, Va. for GameDay then immediately hop on a plane and fly to the Bay Area to call the Tennessee game.

For those who are disappointed, there likely is still hope. Cal’s game against USC on Nov. 10 figures to shape up as a biggie, and it’s already been selected as ABC’s Saturday night Game of the Week. It seems there would be a good chance GameDay would be here for that one.

On another note, in case you missed it, a time has been set for the Cal-Louisiana Tech game on Sept. 15: It will begin at 3:30 p.m. and air on Comcast Sports Net.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Calfan

    Thanks for the info. As much as I would have loved to have gameday in for this huge game I can see a silver lining. Not allowing the tree people/Berkeley political wackos to get a national stage trumps not having gameday in Sept. Hopefully by November Cal will be a top 10 team, the trees will gone because the lawsuit was finished and gameday was scheduled for the biggest game in Berkeley in ever. That’s my rose colored glasses take on this situation.
    Go Bears

  • Axl

    however, i feel like tenn in game one is a LOT more beatable that USC late in the year. no good to have gameday there if you’re gonna lose.

  • As long as Lee Corso doesn’t pick/jinx Cal again, I’m quite alright with these developments. Those bandwagoners annoy the hell out of me.