Here is the transcript from yesterday’s live chat with athletic director Sandy Barbour. Once again, many thanks to Sandy for taking the time to interact with the fans.
A couple of other tidbits from Barbour. She attended Wednesday’s Tiny Bates Award banquet and spoke briefly while also taking questions from the crowd. Among the topics she touched on:
- She said the school is still considering bids from the Oakland Coliseum, Candlestick Park and AT&T Park to host home games in 2011 while Memorial Stadium is being renovated. Meetings should be wrapped up by next week so a decision could be made soon. A few concerns are the smaller capacity of AT&T Park and the fact that both the A’s and Raiders call the Coliseum home, which could cause scheduling headaches.
- On possible Pac-10 expansion, Barbour said: “It’s a wise thing for us to look at. Is there some number of other schools that will bring value to our conference? Are there schools that are fits for our conference that would bring more value in then they would take away by having to divvy up the pie by 12 or 14 instead of 10? That is what the decision will be made on. We’re going to look at it. We’d be stupid not to. But we’re not going to expand just to expand.”
- Barbour said the season-opener against UC Davis came about after she discussed it with UCD athletic director Greg Warzecka, a Cal graduate and former Cal assistant baseball coach. Warzecka told Barbour that they are going to be paying someone to come to Memorial Stadium, they might as well keep that money in the state. Barbour said “You know what? You’re absolutely right. Let’s do it.”
- Barbour said Cal and Stanford will continue to try to make the Big Game the final game of the year but every few years or so it’s not possible because the weekend falls during Stanford final exams.
- Barbour said she does not favor a playoff system in college football. “I don’t think a playoff solves anything,” she said. “I think it prolongs the season, which I don’t think is in the best interest of the student-athletes. I think the bowl system is special. I think it’s unique in college athletics.”