It appears what we have here is yet another case of premature speculation.
Earlier this month, reports circulated that the rumored Baylor-Cal game in Australia had been nixed. Tuesday, the two key players on the BU side of the ledger refuted the reports.
While things are far from finalized, both athletic director Ian McCaw and head coach Art Briles stated at the Big 12 Media Days that a 2016 game against the Pac-12 program Down Under is still in the works. There are, though, a couple of issues that need to be worked through before pulling off a game on another continent.
Ian McCaw says that Australia game for Baylor is still being worked on #SicEm
— Colt Barber (@Colt_Barber) July 14, 2015
Baylor coach Art Briles tells me they expect to hear in 2 weeks whether they'll get NCAA waiver to play Cal in Sydney, Australia, in 2016.
— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) July 21, 2015
The waiver mentioned would be required because the proposed game would be played one week before the “normal” start of the regular season.
If the game does go off, it’d mark the Bears’ first regular-season game against a Pac-12 school since Washington State in 2008. They also played UCLA in the 2012 Holiday Bowl.
The Bears and Golden Bears have met three times previously, the last coming in 2002. That marked the first meeting between the programs since the first two were played in the mid-fifties.