UCLA visits Memorial Stadium today to take on Cal. There's no guarantee the Bruins will be back anytime soon.
In the current arrangement, UCLA comes to Berkeley every other year. But starting next season, when the new Pac-12 splits into two divisions, there will be conference teams that Cal will not play on a regular basis.
Which teams those are remains to be seen. Pac-10 chancellors are meeting later this month in an effort to finalize division alignment, and there is a chance Cal could be placed in a different division from the Bruins.
In the new system, conference teams would play every opponent in its own division and four of the six in the other division. The schedule could be rotated so teams don't miss playing the same opponents from the opposite division every year.
It's hard to imagine Cal and UCLA playing in separate divisions. They are both in California and both are UC schools. And although each has its crosstown rival, the North-South rivalry between the schools is there as well.
"I think it would be great (to remain in the same division as UCLA)," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "There's a lot of tradition there obviously. I have no idea how it's going to end up with the alignment, but I would hope that the Southern California schools are in our division."
Every school in the Pac-10 would like to be in the same division as USC and UCLA for recruiting purposes. Players like to know they will be making a trip to
Wide receiver Marvin Jones, who is from Fontana, said one reason he came to Cal was knowing he'd make that yearly trip home.
"It did mean a lot, knowing that my friends and family from L.A. could be there," Jones said. "It was definitely a factor."