Football: Press conference quick update

Cal and Fresno State held a joint press conference today to promote their season-opener on Sept. 3 at Candlestick Park. Yes, the game is still 3 1/2 months away, but the event was put on by Washington Football, Inc., the independent promoter putting on the neutral site game.

The press conference was attended by Cal coach Jeff Tedford, athletic director Sandy Barbour and safety Sean Cattouse. On the Fresno State side, there was coach Pat Hill, athletic director Thomas Boeh, quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Travis Brown. Carr is the younger brother of David Carr.

A couple of quick notes before more thorough coverage later:

  • Tedford said while exact playcalling duties haven’t been finalized, he said he will be handling the majority of the playcalling this season. It’s something he has hinted at since the end of last year but appears to becoming more definitive now that spring practice is over. This is significant for a lot of reasons, one being that Tedford gave up playcalling duties a few years ago to concentrate on overseeing the entire program. He now feels, through his experience as a head coach, that he can balance  both. More on that later.
  • Cal released a post-spring depth chart as part of the notes package it distributed at the press conference. No real surprises, except that Aaron Tipoti is listed as the starting nose tackle over Kendrick Payne. But I would assume that position is still a toss-up. Tedford, quite frankly, isn’t a big fan of putting out depth charts in the spring. He does  it to appeal to the masses (and sports information director Kyle McRae), but it means at some positions players are listed in a certain order simply because they had to be.  I’ll have a more thorough look at the two-deep later.
  • Tedford talked at length about his decision to name Zach Maynard the starting quarterback, especially the timing. I’ll have complete transcriptions later, but essentially he said he wanted Maynard to be  able to spend the summer developing leadership, especially because he is so new to the program.

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.

  • Caladan

    (I think he meant to say, “appease the masses”.)

  • SteveNTexas

    Oregon State Defensive Tackle Masanial (sp) arrested for kidnapping and 3 other charges.

    Will Fresno State be a tough opponent?

  • Big D

    JO or anybody else,
    what happened to the two Hawaiian kids, #90 Solomona Aigamaua TE & #99 Savai’i Eselu TE?

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Tedford calling the plays means More great news for Pac 12 defensive coordinators.

  • Big D

    If you look at the post-spring two-deep all but two are JRs or SRs which is usually a good sign for at least a 6-6 season with a crappy bowl. If we have a decent QB, I predict a 7-5 or 8-4 season. If things go well with the QB and RB position, we may be contenders somewhere at 10-2, 11-1, 12-0!

    GO BEARS!!!

  • Calduke


    I don’t know the matchups(on paper) between the Bulldogs and Cal, BUT;

    The fan split will probably be 50/50 between the Bulldogs and Bear fans, and

    Fresno State has 2 WRs that de-committed from Cal 2 years ago who want to prove they made the right decision, and

    The Bulldogs want to prove they can compete with the
    PAC-12 teams, particularly, the greatest public University in the world just north of them.

    Will they be a tough opponent? Who knows.

  • Meep.

    “MoreNCS_are_ignored – troll post blocked”

    I smile every time I see this.

  • Calduke


    More observations;

    The Builldogs will enter this game with big-time incentive; they want to show they can take down a major football program, AND

    Let’s hope JT can generate a comparable incentive driven team;

    I wonder if JT will substitute freely to evaluate his personnel, even if it’s a close game