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.