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Golden Nuggets, 6/21: Cal Football returns

Though with some restrictions, the Golden Bears are returning to athletic activities

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Better late than never is the expression and the California Golden Bears (along with their fellow California-based schools) are finally going to resume voluntary athletic activities.

Though about a week later than their Pac-12 counterparts, the Bears are scheduled to return to voluntary workouts on Monday. With such an event, the news started pouring in.

There will, of course, be multiple restrictions on the basis of their return during the coronavirus pandemic and the Mercury News did a great job of breaking those down.

There will be multiple phases and as they note, the training and conditioning will take place all outdoors, in Memorial Stadium and on the Maxwell Family Field. They will also practice in groups of 10 players.

To start, the usage of equipment is also banned meaning that weightlifting will be added at a later date. Cal’s head team physician said “We have put a plan in place that provides very specific guidelines and safeguards that will support the health of our student-athletes and staff.”

More on those restrictions follow: Cal Football: It’s Back

Predictions for the season were certainly happening before players were slated to return to action and now that we’re seeing the actual return of football, those are certainly to start coming in even more.

Athlon Sports’ prediction saw the Bears finishing 9-3. More on that here.

Our friends over at CalBearsMaven also showcased where the Bears rank in a certain Quarterback U rankings.

And also with the return to activities — we’ve begun ranking the top games ahead of the season. Cal is listed in two of those.

All of this is nice — and all of this is made better when you realize that there isn’t the drama surrounding a well-run program like Cal. Too bad UCLA can’t say the same.