No, Cal didn’t just lose its accreditation as a university after 150 years. But the Red Box Bowl, which will host the Bears and Illinois in Santa Clara on Dec. 30, did lose a little respect after a merchandise mishap mistakenly referred to Cal as “Cal State.”
Much to the amusement of folks at Cal and on Twitter, T-shirts and other items promoting the bowl game at Levi’s Stadium were being offered online with the glaring mistake.
Official @RedboxBowl T-shirts for this year’s contest b/w “Cal State” & Illinois h/t @GoldenBlogs pic.twitter.com/PegfPcWmG0
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 10, 2019
.@RedboxBowl @CalAthletics Who/what the hell is “Cal State”? Do better. pic.twitter.com/oq35yveIG2
— Do It 4 The Bay (@GoBearrs) December 10, 2019
If you combined all the players in the Cal State University system you would have a pretty good team. Definitely heavy favorites against Illinois.
— Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) December 10, 2019
Bad: @RedboxBowl replaced @Cal with a team from Cal State Nowhere
Good: The Bowl will be played at the Golden Gate Bridge (Architects Cal alums Irving & Gertrude Morrow), Coit Tower (Architect Cal alum Arthur Brown) & the Palace of Fine Arts (Architect Cal Prof. Bernard Maybeck) pic.twitter.com/CcCxEYJHEH
— Cal Bears History (@CalBearsHistory) December 10, 2019
Cal’s star linebacker Evan Weaver showed off online skills befitting a man who just won the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year award. He tweeted “Do it for State!’ along with a “Cal State” hashtag.
A closer look at the T-shirts reveals more mistakes than simply linking Cal with the 23 other state colleges in California. Logos used for both Cal and Illinois were outdated. Worse yet, Red
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports