Tomorrow morning marks the beginning of the 2011 season in my mind. Cal will hold its first regular season practice, with scout teams formed and depth chart reps being taken. The game plan for Fresno State will start to be installed.
There really is only one position where the starting spot is still up in the air, at the outside linebacker spot opposite David Wilkerson. As of yesterday afternoon, Jeff Tedford still didn’t know who was going to take the first reps there Thursday morning. He planned to meet with his coaching staff about the depth chart and other things. It should be either Chris McCain, Cecil Whiteside or Ryan Davis, with Brennan Scarlett also in the mix.
Speaking of the Fresno State game, ticket sales reportedly are slow for Cal. As of yesterday, the school had sold just 7,500 tickets out of the Cal ticket office. Fresno St., meanwhile, has sold 12,000. The Bears need to sell tickets equaling a revenue total of $637,500 to earn the full guarantee from the independent promoters of the game. As of yesterday, the school is still about $175,000 short of that number. The full guarantee is $1,000,050. You can read more about this in a notebook I wrote for Thursday’s paper.