Cal's football team embarked on its 2011 spring tour Tuesday, opening spring practice at Skyline High in Oakland, one of six venues the Bears will call home between now and the end of April.
Cal usually practices on campus at Memorial Stadium, but the facility is undergoing renovations. The Bears were supposed to use nearby Witter Rugby Field instead, but the recently installed field turf was not done properly and is not suitable for football practice.
So Cal now will hold most of its spring practices at Golden Bear Field on the school's Clark Kerr campus and Laney College in Oakland. The Bears would have practiced at Golden Bear Field on Tuesday, but the recent heavy rains made conditions there unplayable.
"We'll manage it," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said after the Bears wrapped up their first practice. "It's not as convenient as walking out your back door. There's work to be done. No matter where we practice or where we play, we need to focus on the job at hand. It's all about focusing on the job that we need to get done."
In addition, the Bears already had planned to hold three off-site practices that will be open to the public. Cal will practice at Grant High-Sacramento on April 9, Valley Christian-San Jose on April 16 and San Ramon Valley High on April 30.
"That will go back and forth," Tedford said. "There is no set depth."
"I didn't even notice, and that's a good thing," Tedford said. "If you're not noticing something, things are going the way you expected them. I have a lot of confidence in those guys, obviously."