The start of training camp is tied to a team's first preseason game. So with the news that the 49ers' preseason opener in Oakland will be on Aug. 8 came the announcement that training camp kicks off Thursday, July 24. If you'll remember, last year training camp didn't begin until July 29 and that Mike Nolan wasn't thrilled about the late start. This year's schedule should make him happier. As has been the case the last few years, 10 training-camp practices will be open to the public. Those dates have not yet been announced.
Here's the full preseason sked:
Friday, August 8
Saturday, August 16
vs. Green Bay
Thursday, August 21
Friday, August 29
vs. San Diego
The good folks at 49erswebzone have invited me to take part in an on-line chat this evening at 6:30 p.m. So now's the time to ask about Takeo Spikes' chances of landing in SF, which stadiums serve the best food and what Maiocco does in the press trailer when he's not filming himself with his video phone.
Also, the team announced it had cut LB Lance Brandenburgh of Nebraska. Brandenburgh was one of the undrafted free agents the team signed in the days after the draft. Perhaps his most memorable moment of minicamp -- blanketing fullback Moran Norris so closely in a pass-coverage drill that Norris tried to start a fight with him.
And finally .... I hope you're sitting down for this, but Barrows is leaving -- for a week. I'm taking my laptop with me but am instituting an in-case-of-emergency-break-glass policy. That is, I won't crack it open unless Spikes signs, the 49ers move to L.A. or they decide to resurrect that ugly "49" logo on their helmet.