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Football: Mike Pawlawski to join Cal radio team

Former Cal quarterback great Mike Pawlawski is joining Cal’s radio team as game analyst.

Pawlawaski, who led the Bears to victory in the Florida Citrus Bowl to cap a 10-2 season in 1991, will be long-time play-by-play man Joe Starkey’s sidekick in the booth for Cal’s game, carried on KGO-810.

A member of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame, Pawlawski has 12 years experience doing radio and spent eight seasons playing professional football.

“It’s great to come back home to the Cal family I love,” Pawlawski said. “Fans will get an impartial look at Cal football and my analytical opinion of it, but it’s great to be back home. I have incredible memories from my time at Cal, both with my teammates and all the people that bleed blue and gold that are fantastic to work with.”

Pawlawski takes over for another former Cal quarterback Troy Taylor, who resigned in the offseason after seven campaigns in the role to become the co-head football coach at Folsom High School.

“To come in behind him, I just hope to carry on the kind of professionalism and due diligence that Troy did this whole time,” Pawlawski said. “He was as good as they get it.”

Pawlawski has been a national, West Coast and Pac-10/12 college football and Arena Football League television color analyst since 2000, working for entities such as Comcast SportsNet, FOX and NBC.

“Football is what I do,” Pawlawski said. “I like to describe the game in a way so people listening to the broadcast can understand it. I like to give them my insight and translate it into English to help them recognize what’s happening on the field. I try to give them the insights that they can’t see, the things that they may not be looking for.”

Jeff Faraudo