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Football: Bears off until Friday

Cal and Texas will let their football players rest and study for a few days before preparation begins in earnest for their Dec. 28 clash at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

The Bears resume practice Friday, and will hold seven workouts in Berkeley through Dec. 19, before giving players several days off for the Christmas holiday. The teams will arrive in San Diego on Dec. 23.

Both teams are back in a bowl game after a rare miss last season. Cal was 5-7 a year ago and was left out of the postseason for the first time since 2002, coach Jeff Tedford’s debut season. Texas is playing in its 13th bowl in 14 seasons under coach Mack Brown a year after also going 5-7 in 2010.

Bruce Binkowski, the Holiday Bowl’s executive director, called Cal “a team on the rise” and described the youthful Longhorns as “a team of the future.”

“If Texas is available, how do you not take the Longhorns?” Binkowski said. “They always get great fan support. They’re an institution in college football. We’re just thrilled to have a team of their stature, and (also) Mack Brown.”

Texas has won all four previous matchups with the Bears, although they met most recently in 1970. Texas has outscored Cal by a combined margin of 134-18 with a pair of shutouts.

Cal and Texas both bring 7-5 records to San Diego, but the Bears have won three of four and the Longhorns have lost three of four.

Jeff Faraudo

  • rollonubears

    I love this quote from the Binkster…

    “We’re just thrilled to have a team of their stature, and (also) Mack Brown.”

  • rollonubears

    My wish this holiday season is for an aggressive game plan against Texas, and a “play to win” attitude. Is there enough magic in the air for Coach Tedford to grant me this wish?

  • 79alumni

    Agreed Rollonubears … I’d like CAL to jump into an early lead and to keep the pedal down and not ease up. Agressive football versus .. playing not to lose.

  • Calduke

    Unfortunately, this is like an away game for the Bears

  • Nor-Cal Scott

    I agree Rollonubears! The Texas Def is young & inexperienced from what I’ve been reading. Get Zach out of the pocket, emphasize the deep ball to Jones & Allen, & run the ball with Isi. I bought my tickets Sunday night online! See you all in SD!