The football team is getting settled into its temporary facilities which it will use until renovation is complete in 2012. The new facilities bring some advantages the team didn't have before (on-site bathrooms!) and some new challenges (position coaches no longer have their own offices).
The temporary offices are in portables along Centennial Avenue, above the East rim of Memorial Stadium. There are administration offices, coaches offices and team meeting rooms. There also is a temporary locker room as well as a weight and training room.
"We can do everything we need to do here, and even better in some cases,"Tedford said. "They did a really, really nice job of making it functional. It came together nicely."
The temporary facilities also will affect Cal's routine on the day of home games. The locker rooms at Memorial Stadium are gone, so no longer can players just show up on game day and use the same locker they do during the week.
For Saturday games, players will have to pack up their lockers on Thursday and Cal's equipment managers will move their gear to a temporary pregame and postgame location. Then everything will have to be moved back up the hill for the following week of practice.
"At first, I think everyone was kind of hesitant," Cal linebacker Mike Mohamed said. "It's kind of a big change, moving everything up there. So far, I think we've adjusted to it pretty nicely. We all know it's just something we have to deal with. We actually like the facilities."
After the jump ESPN does and extensive preview of the football season and Patrick Christopher gets his first dose of playing time in the NBA Summer League.
- ESPN/Blue Ribbon give an extensive preview of Cal's 2010 season. They say this is the beginning of a new era, as no one will benefit more from Pete Carroll's departure than Jeff Tedford. Not surprisingly, this season will be determined by the final three home games against Oregon, Stanford, and Washington.
- Ted Miller ranks the "three-headed monsters" on defense, consisting of the best trio of a D-lineman, linebacker, and defensive back. According to Uncle Ted, Cal has the second most-fearsome threesome with Cam Jordan, Mike Mohamed, and Sean Cattouse.
- Patrick Christopher saw his first minutes of NBA Summer League play on Friday as his Detroit Pistons defeated the LA Lakers 89-84. PC played ten minutes and went 0 for 2 from the field. He sat out Detroit's next two games but may have a chance to play tomorrow.