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Football: Friday practice update

A very good sign today for Cal was the sight of wide receiver Kaelin Clay running very fluidly during practice.

Clay still isn’t participating in contact drills, but he appears to be recovering at a brisk pace from minor knee surgery less than three weeks ago. He doesn’t appear to inhibited at all running in a straight line and looked pretty good doing drills off to the side that tested out his cutting and lateral movement.

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Football: Cal lands WR Walker

Kennedy-Richmond wide receiver Kenneth Walker called Jeff Tedford this morning after practice to give his oral commitment to Cal. Walker is rated as the No. 62 WR in the country by rivals.com. The Bears now have five commitments for the class of 2012, including two wide receivers (with Bryce Treggs being the other).

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Football: Security beefed up at Candlestick

The 49ers are beefing up security measures at Candlestick Park in light of the fan violence there last Saturday during an exhibition game against the Raiders. And those new measures will apply to Cal’s season-opener Sept. 3 against Fresno State.

Among them:

  • There will be additional security staff inside the stadium and in the parking lots.
  • Additional SFPD squad cars will be present in the parking lots.
  • Uniformed and plain-clothed police will patrol restrooms throughout the stadium.
  • Tailgating will be allowed to begin four hours before kickoff (in this case, noon). Once the game begins, fans will either have to enter the stadium or leave the premises. Security personnel will sweep through the lots to make sure all fans comply.
  • Smoking will not be allowed anywhere in the stadium.
  • There will be no re-entering.
  • Additional lighting will be brought into the parking lots.

 

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Basketball: Cal-Austin Peay on Nov. 15 part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

Cal’s opener at home against Austin Peay in the CBE Classic will be folded into ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a 25-hour basketball extravaganza on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Cal and Austin Peay will play at 7 p.m. and the game will be carried on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

The 19-game schedule — 17 men’s games and two women’s contests — begins at 9 p.m. Monday night (technically Tuesday at midnight ET), with Washington State visiting Gonzaga.

Saint Mary’s goes next at 11 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14 (Tuesday at 2 a.m.) with a home game against Northern Iowa.

Stanford will face an opponent to be determined at 8 p.m. as part of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. That game will be shown on ESPNU.

 

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Football: The regular season is about to begin

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.