April 18, 1992 |
Fresno's California Bowl will seek certification as an open postseason football game at an NCAA special events meeting April 26-27. For the last 11 years, the bowl has matched champions of the Big West and Mid-American conferences, but their agreement ended after the 1991 game. Local sponsors are seeking an open game because the host school, Fresno State, has left the Big West for the Western Athletic Conference.
April 30, 1992 |
The California Bowl, a fixture in Fresno since 1981, may be heading for Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Wednesday that the NCAA postseason committee has approved the transfer of the game, which features the champions of the Big West and Mid-American conferences.
September 11, 1991 |
The NCAA has granted Fresno's California Bowl a waiver of a requirement that postseason football games must be played in stadiums seating at least 50,000. The five-year waiver is the first step in an attempt to have an open bowl at Fresno State's 40,500-seat Bulldog Stadium, starting in 1992. "Getting the waiver was a critical first hurdle," Neale Stoner, the bowl's executive director, said. The next hurdle will be a request to the NCAA special events committee in January to certify the bowl.
August 5, 1992 |
The California Bowl may have gone the way of some other postseason football games that remain only memories. The NCAA refused to certify the game for this year. California Bowl executive director Susan Tatham said NCAA officials told her Monday that the game didn't have enough financial support to keep it afloat. Local officials fell about $500,000 short of a $1.75-million fund-raising goal, even with a 90-day extension granted by the NCAA, Tatham added.
December 8, 1990 |
It's the big-play offense of San Jose State against the stingy defense of Central Michigan when the teams meet in today's California Bowl. The Spartans (8-2-1) averaged 35.2 points (12th best in the nation), but the Chippewas (8-2-1) led the nation in scoring defense, giving up 8.9 points per game. "Most of our wins were in dominating fashion," San Jose State Coach Terry Shea said.
December 9, 1990 |
Sheldon Canley scored a California Bowl-record five touchdowns, one on a 59-yard run, as San Jose State scored a 48-24 victory over Central Michigan Saturday. The Big West-champion Spartans led, 26-10, in the third quarter when Canley broke through the line, cut to the left and back to the center of the field around several defenders for the touchdown that put the game out of reach.