Holmoe Will Make Contract Announcement Today

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On the eve of the football team's season opener, the Cal athletic department has scheduled a press conference today to address the contract status of head football coach Tom Holmoe.

Holmoe is entering the fourth year of a five-year contract with the Bears. Although all indications point toward Holmoe signing a contract extension, department officials declined further comment yesterday, saying only that UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl and Athletic Director John Kasser would also attend the conference.

When reached last night at his home, Holmoe declined to comment.

Since taking over for Steve Mariucci in 1997, Holmoe's teams have compiled a 12-21 record, including a disappointing 4-7 mark last year.

Despite the losing record, Holmoe was offered a contract extension by Kasser after the season. But the coach rejected the offer, saying that he believed it was in the best interest of the team to delay any contract talks.

"I could have extended (the contract), but it wouldn't have been best for the team," Holmoe told The Daily Californian one month ago. "It would have been a distraction in my opinion, so I let it go, passed it up."

At the time, Holmoe stated that he would wait until after the season before revisiting any contract negotiations, with the expectation that if the Bears' had a successful 2000 campaign, a contract would come naturally.

"At the end of the season, depending on how it goes, from one end of the spectrum to the other, then we'll evaluate and see what we do," Holmoe said earlier. "I have a vision of how I want it to go, but that doesn't matter because it is dependent on factors that will come up soon, and those factors are the season."

However, those factors may have changed recently. Last month, LaVell Edwards, head football coach at Holmoe's alma mater, Brigham Young, announced that he would step down after this season.

With Holmoe's future at Cal in question, he was considered a strong candidate to fill the vacancy at BYU.

Two of Cal's veteran players said they had no knowledge of the situation regarding Holmoe's contract when contacted yesterday, but that they would not be surprised if he had agreed to an extension.

The press conference is set for 4 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room at Memorial Stadium.


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