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.