Letters to Sports: Show Me The Wins

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It is almost unimaginable why the University would even consider extending Tom Holmoe's contract.

At UCLA and USC and Washington, they ask at the end of each year why they did not win the national championship.

At Cal, apparently the question is, "Why don't we rehire a coach who has won only one-third of his games?"

Tom Holmoe is an excellent defensive coordinator. He's not a very good head coach. Shades of Keith Gilbertson, in reverse.

Robin W. Enos

Cal alumnus


Bobby Knight needs a job.

I'm an alum of both Cal and Indiana and assuming Knight has mellowed a bit from his firing, he'd be a great coach for Cal. Why?

1. Knight is honest and IU never was on probation during his tenure.

2. Knight stressed academics and his students had a 98 percent graduation rate.

3. Knight wins. He has three NCAA championships, one Olympic gold medal and one Pan-American Games gold.

4. Knight has recently worked on his recruiting and this newest class had fine student athletes - they might come to Cal with Knight.

Let's face it. On all of the above items Cal hasn't done too well. With Knight we'd instantly be in the spotlight and I really believe he would keep his temper in check.

Steve Fischer

Cal alumnus


Despite being equipped with a ruthless defense and an outstanding punt returner, Cal head coach Tom Holmoe's 1999 Bears broke down, squandering winnable games against Washington, Oregon State, and Oregon. The coming of Kyle Boller was indeed apocalyptic, proving to be as cataclysmic as the Justin Vedder Era.

In a resurgent Pac-10 conference that's as ferocious as ever these Bears face competitive extinction. With a formidable non-conference schedule (vs. Utah, at Illinois, at Fresno State) and an October (vs. UCLA, at Washington, at USC) that may mean Armageddon, Cal better come out swinging to avoid hitting rock bottom.

Anything less than a 3-1 start (the fourth game's at home versus lowly Washington State) could spell doom, and knock Cal out of bowl contention.

No one likes the gloomy forecast. But then again, no one disputes the axiom that wake-up calls are better made sooner than later. Diehard Cal fans (including this writer) have suffered through too many years of mediocrity.

Lest we experience the kind of disappointment Napoleon felt at Waterloo, Cal must open shop with the biggest bang in 15 billion years. This will take a lot of drive and determination, but with enough fan support, this jalopy we call Cal football might be salvageable yet.

Jay P Kim

Cal senior


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