Cal announced the creation of the Aaron Rodgers Football Scholarship and plans to renovate the locker room thanks to a "seven-figure" gift from the alumnus and Green Bay Packers quarterback.

"I'm pleased and proud to make this gift to support Cal football," Rodgers said in a statement. "My years at Cal were among the best years of my life. My time in Berkeley created lasting, unforgettable memories. Coach (Justin) Wilcox was on the coaching staff when I was a Bear, and I am excited about the team's direction with Justin pointing the way. He is a tremendous football coach and an even better role model for his players. I hope that my contribution can help him move this program forward."

Rodgers played two seasons at Cal (2003-04) before Green Bay drafted him in the first round in 2005. He passed for 5,469 yards with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and is the school's career leader in passing efficiency (150.3).

"What Aaron Rodgers is doing for our team is an absolute blessing," current Cal quarterback Chase Garbers said. "For a man who will go down as one of the greatest football players to ever play the game to make a contribution to our program of this magnitude is incredible. ... The support he is showing is inspiring. It is an absolute thrill to have a former Cal player like Aaron, a guy who we as current players look up to so much, invest in our program."

The scholarship will be awarded each year to a junior college transfer. Rodgers transferred to Cal after one season at Butte College near his hometown of Chico, Calif.

Renovations of the Golden Bears' locker room will be completed in time for the 2019 season and will be renamed the Aaron Rodgers Team Locker Room, according to the school.

Sherman fired

Former Packers coach Mike Sherman was fired as head coach of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes less than a week before the start of the regular season.

The Alouettes' first game was Friday, June 14, at Edmonton. Offensive coordinator and QB coach Khari Jones will take over in the interim/

Sherman, 64, was 5-13 in his lone season with Montreal in 2018. His short CFL stint will be best remembered for trading for troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was later banned from the league.

The Alouettes have not made the playoffs since 2014 and have not posted a winning record since 2012.

Sherman coached the Packers from 2000-05, compiling a 57-39 record with four consecutive postseason berths from 2001-04. He was fired after Green Bay went 4-12 in his final season.

Sherman coached at Texas A&M from 2008-11, posting a 25-25 record with two bowl appearances. He was fired after a 6-6 campaign in his last year in College Station.

Failed physical

The Packers waived tight end Michael Roberts Wednesday after he failed a team physical, according to multiple reports.

The Packers claimed Roberts off waivers from the Detroit Lions on Monday.

The Lions released Roberts on Friday after his trade to the New England Patriots for a 2020 seventh-round pick was rescinded due to a failed physical.

Roberts, 25, was a fourth-round pick out of Toledo in 2017 after catching 13 touchdowns as a senior. The 25-year-old has 13 receptions for 146 yards and three touchdowns in 23 NFL games, with 48 yards and two scores coming in one game last season (at Miami).

Training camp

The 2019 Packers training camp will begin July 25, one day after the team's annual shareholders meeting.

The team announced the preseason schedule Tuesday. It includes 15 open practice sessions at Ray Nitschke Field.

Packers Family Night, a practice inside Lambeau Field, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The Packers open the preseason schedule against Houston on Aug. 8 at Lambeau Field. The teams will have two joint practices on Aug. 5 and 6.

They also play at Baltimore on Aug. 15, against Oakland in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Aug. 22 and at home against Kansas City on Aug. 29.

The final practice that is open to the public is Aug. 19.

Practices are scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. In case of inclement weather, they will be moved inside the Don Hutson Center and closed to the public.

The shareholders meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. July 24, the same day that veteran players are due to report. Rookies arrive on July 22.



Open Practice Dates

Thursday, July 25; Friday, July 26; Saturday, July 27; Sunday, July 28; Tuesday, July 30; Wednesday, July 31; Thursday, Aug. 1; Sunday, Aug. 4; Monday, Aug. 5 (with Houston Texans, time TBA); Tuesday, Aug. 6 (with Houston Texans, time TBA); Saturday, Aug. 10; Sunday, Aug. 11; Tuesday, Aug. 13; Sunday, Aug. 18; Monday, Aug. 19.