That’s because it was announced today that Pac-10 media day will be held July 24 in Los Angeles. This is kind of like the unofficial start of the season, or at least the beginning of the hype. Each team brings its head coach and one significant player, and a throng of media badgers them for a few hours. Believe it or not, it’s just seven weeks from tomorrow.
This is kind of like a worst kept secret, but it’s finally official that kicker David Seawright is coming to Cal. Since he is a walk-on and hadn’t signed a national letter of intent, Cal wasn’t permitted to acknowledge Seawright was coming until he had completed the appropriate paperwork to enroll in school. He’s now done that.
Seawright is expected to make an immediate impact as a true freshman. There’s a good chance he will immediately handle kickoffs, and he could also push Jordan Kay for field goal duties. Andrew Larson handled kickoffs last season after Tom Schneider got hurt, and both Larson and Schneider have used up their eligibility.
Seawright has a big leg. Over 90 percent of his kickoffs at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego last year went for touchbacks. He also kicked three field goals of at least 50 yards.
Word is in that Cal’s game at Maryland on Sept. 13 will start at 9 a.m. Pacific time and air on either ESPN or ESPN2. That makes three games that are now set, with the Bears’ games against Michigan State and USC each airing on ABC at 5 p.m. A decision on which games will appear on Fox Sports Net is coming soon, possibly by the end of the week.
The early start to the Maryland game might have an interesting effect on Cal’s practice schedule that week. In most situations, the Bears fly to the site of the game the day before. But changing to the Eastern time zone for such an early start might make Cal want to travel on Thursday. Otherwise, the players won’t have much time to get acclimated to the time change.
Some of you may have noticed that some of the annual college football publications have started releasing some of their preseason information. Most of the preseason top 25 rankings from publications such as Sporting News, Lindy’s and Athlon include USC, Arizona State and Oregon. but Phil Steele’s c0llege football yearbook has Cal ranked at No. 20.
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News also recently ranked the top players at each position in the BCS conferences, and broke them down by conference as well. Check the BCS rankings here and the Pac-10 rankings here.