Football: Barbour transcript

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.”

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  • Juancho

    Cal better not play in San Francisco. I live in SF, but Cal is an east bay school. I’d rather we plan in Richmond than in SF. Stanford should play in SF, not us.

    I agree with her disagreement on the playoff system. I’d watch less games on Saturday. Especially when it comes to random games on TV. I wouldn’t watch a Florida v. Georgia matchup on a saturday afternoon if I knew there was a playoffs. I would only watch Cal games and tune everything out until the playoffs. This is why I can’t watch MLS games – they are meaningless because there’s a playoff.

  • CruzinBears

    Juancho – Agreed on a lot of fronts… Coliseum would be great for Cal and better for the fans than the other options… There are concerns at every location, its too bad there are not more suitable stadiums in the East Bay.

    I also, really like the comment on the UC Davis game… I had not thought of it like that before and with the way the UC system is struggling financially, why not keep it in the system and help out another local UC, that has an already small budget athletic program… Too bad UCSC doesn’t have a football team…

    Sandy is a great fit for Cal, and I hope she keeps up the good work…

  • Zacko

    I’m fine with games in SF. It’s only for one year, so I enjoy the novelty. I even hope it gets spread out over all three stadiums.

    As for the playoffs, I’m on board with her too. The football season is already maxed out. I think even with the silly bowls, it’s the one college sport who’s playoff format matches it’s uniqueness. Go bears!

  • dan

    Only Candlestick makes sense. ATT is way too small capacity-wise and the Giants will never let Cal tear up that field during the season. The Coliseum has too much going on with the A’s and the Raiders.

    Candlestick has only has the Niners, has the largest capacity I believe, and make the most sense. It is a pit, but it’s only one year.

  • dan

    Also, my solution for bowl games-plaoffs.

    Make a couple of non-BCS bowl games BCS games (maybe the Holiday and Cotton Bowls). Get rid of the current NC game. That opens up two more net BCS slots, which will help the Boise States and TCUs be assured to get in whenver deserving.

    Then take the top 4 after the bowls, seed them 1-4, have a 2 game semi-finals Saturday, and then a NC game. That would be huge. It does the best job of preserving the tradition and integrity of the exisitng bowl system, and with the 4 top teams you pretty much include only deserving teams based on an entire season of on field performance. This would be amaxing, would drive more dollars thna now, and would actually settle things on the field every year.

    Going to 8 or 16 teams makes no sense becuase of the existing bowls. Also, even prior to the bowls at the end of the regular season, there are not 8 or 16 yeams that have had such a good season to deserve a shoot at the national championship. Not deluting the bowl system anymore than it already is is important for many reasons, including not taking away lesser bowl opportunities for many up and coming programs.

  • Juancho

    You know what’s weird. My recommendation for fixing how a national champion is selected – is going back to the old way. Just play the bowls how they were originally set up and then vote. I don’t want to see Cal screwed again by not getting “voted” into a BCS bowl. Like Texas screwed us back in the day of Geoff McArthur.

  • Larry

    Yeah, the only problem with Dan’s suggested system is you are going to get 2 SEC teams, a big 12 team, and a Big 10 team, and occasionally a U$C, which is how it pretty much is now. You’d have to go with at least 8 teams, but even that would be too long of a playoff, but would include more teams.

  • Larry

    If we play at Candlestick Park, I hope they don’t charge for parking, or at least not $30.

  • uh oh.

    Some folks might actually enjoy the nostalgia of winning football being played at the Stick!

  • dan

    A year at the Stick wouldn’t be the end of the world. I personally have some unbelieveable memories there watching the Walsh & Siefert Niners there. Weather there that time of the year is good. Playing at the Arena in Oakland wasn’t great while Haas was redone, but it wasn’t that bad as a temporary site.

    You know what, when we go back to Cal after the re-model, we’ll be like kids with a new toy. They’ll make one the greatest sites in the country to watch college football even better.

  • Juancho

    I can’t wait for the remodel to be done. It’s going to be amazing. I hope the school will even do some remodels of tight wad hill for the students. Some of my best, and fuzziest memories were up there. Maybe the second best drinking site in Berkeley after the lawrence lab.

  • BlueNGold

    Good luck with that, Larry. I believe that most of the parking lots at the ‘stick (the possible exception being the big lot surrounding the stadium itself) are operated by private companies. That would mean the same parking rates in effect as for the Niner games. Of course, the operators should have the ability to charge less, but I don’t see that happening unless there is a lack of demand.

    A bigger question is to what extent there will be public transportation options. Last time I checked, the only way that Bart works for a game there is to transfer to a shuttle bus at Balboa Park station. Hopefully there will be more and better alternatives made available if this comes to pass.