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BYU announces home-and-home with Cal

Tom Holmoe

The 2013 football season is, mercifully, just two days away.  As we await those interminable 48-plus hours to pass, here’s some scheduling news to placate your pigskin hunger.  Or something along those lines.

Regardless, BYU announced Monday that it has scheduled a home-and-home series against the Pac-12’s Cal.  The Cougars will travel to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, Calif., on Nov. 29, 2014, with the Golden Bears reciprocating at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Sept. 16, 2017.

What makes for some intrigue in this matchup is that half of the athletic director duo that put the series together, BYU alum and current Cougar AD Tom Holmoe, was Cal’s head coach from 1997-2001 in the post-Steve Mariucci era.

“This is obviously a unique series for me,” said Holmoe in a statement. “Cal is a world-class academic institution with a historic football tradition. Playing in the newly remodeled Memorial Stadium will be a treat for our team and the Cougar faithful who attend the Berkeley matchup, and having the Golden Bears play at LaVell Edwards Stadium will be a great game for our home fans.”

BYU and Cal have met three times in football, with the former holding a 2-1 edge in the miniseries.  BYU won the first meeting between the two in 1999, with Cal winning the most recent matchup in 2005.

(Photo credit: Cal athletics)

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