The culmination

Hi, everyone. I’m back after a few days off for the holiday. Cal took off for Fort Worth today and was immediately scheduled to practice at TCU, followed by a team dinner tonight. I won’t be arriving in Fort Worth until Friday.

It will be a little different this week because most of practice is closed to the media. The media will be allowed to watch only the first 15 minutes. During the season, the local media is allowed to watch all of practice (it’s closed to visiting media). But since the Bears aren’t at home now, they obviously don’t have as much control over the facility they practice in.

That’s one of the things I’m grateful to Jeff Tedford for. Some programs don’t let the media into their practices at all, or only let them watch the first portion. It obviously makes for better access for a beat reporter, and it’s something I don’t take for granted.

This will be a fun week for Justin Forsett. He said he may have as many as 300 friends and family at the game. Forsett has been in town since the 21st (he’s from nearby Arlington).

The Bears have a couple of bowl activities planned over the next few days. There will be a Madden video game tournament Friday night. Saturday, the team will visit a nearby hospital.

Air Force arrived Wednesday. Both teams are practicing at different times each day at TCU, the site of the game.

I will have more when I get to Texas. I hope everyone had a happy holiday.


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.

  • Jack Arnold Cal ’64

    Jonathan: Thanks for your informative articles throughout the season. I look forward to reading them as often as possible. I am very frustrated about the 1 – 6 ending of the season, however, and would like an analysis from someone who has watched the gradual disintegration of team intensity and spirit and effectiveness. Besides the usual excuses of injuries, what are some of the reasons we collapsed? Thanks for your insights. Jack


    On the note of having the holidays off, i saw Tedford and his family shoping in the city sunday after the niners game. He seemed to be in great spirits in greating people on bart and i even got to have a breif 5 minute conversation witch pretty much made my week. Point being he looks like hes not to effected by the letdown end of the year, and he seems exited to be playing in the bowl.

  • Beat the Force!

    HOUSE that is pretty cool, thanks for posting that. That’s pretty neat that JT was riding Bart with all the people. Were people all over him? Man I know if I caught him in public I would not be able to be polite and give him space because there is so much I’d love to talk to him about. He has brought so much to Cal/the Bay Area/Cal fans, it would be impossible not to let him know that, hope I am as lucky as you were some day and get to run into him.

  • Robert

    J.O. do you have a feeling for what Alex Mack plans on doing? Do you think he’ll be back for his senior year?

  • Jonathan Okanes

    Jack, I’ve touched on a few things here or there, but I will go more in depth once the season is over. I think one of the Bears’ biggest problems was a lack of on-field leadership from the players. They lacked the types of players who could stem the tide once things went south. But I think there is more to it, and I will get into it more after the season.
    Robert, I think Mack will be back. Centers don’t leave early very often. If Mack were a left tackle, it might be different.

  • Radar York

    Why would Alex Mack leave? Has everything to gain by staying plus he would be a serious candidate for the Lomardi Award! Throw in the fact his draft status would move him up to a late first round rather than late second/early third round selection!

  • Robert

    J.O. thank you for the info!! I am very interested in your words, “there is more to it.” I can’t wait to read that as is should be very enlightening. What a first season for you on the beat, huh? Outstanding work all season long. Thank you.