Letters to Sports: Nice Guys Finish Last



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I am truly tired of reading about what a nice guy Tom Holmoe is (Holmoe Upholding Academic Integrity, Sept. 14). I, along with 20 of my friends, have been donating to Cal football for 30 years. We calculated that we have collectively donated $300,000 to Cal football over the last 30 years.

This year, half of our group gave up its season tickets and Bear-Backer donations. The Cal football games are just not fun anymore. If Cal continues to put such an undisciplined, miserable excuse for a team on the field, there will be no one left to donate or attend the games.

I don't care if Tom Holmoe is nice. He is a loser. His teams do not improve during the season - they get worse. That is due to lousy coaching, not to the talent of the players. Tom has never won a football game in November. There is no reason that Cal cannot find a coach with integrity who can also actually coach football. Stanford seems to be able to go the Rose Bowl with players who can read and write and be good boys.

By giving Tom Holmoe another year as coach, John Kasser has saddled the football players with another miserable season. Maybe we should think about firing John Kasser and hiring someone who actually cares about Cal football.

Andrea Solari


Cal alumnus

Show Me the Numbers

I agree with your impression of Cal head coach Tom Holmoe. Last year I saw a Pac-10 report on graduation rates of the athletic programs. I was ashamed to see that Cal's graduation rate of its football players was very low.

Your criticism of Bob Knight and Joe Paterno is too general. Sure, Knight is a monster when it comes to his temper. But you cannot take away his graduation rate, which was over 90 percent.

Knight is also a player's coach and would protect them to the end. He just does not understand how to act like a decent person in today's highly scrutinized society.

Joe Paterno was considered one of the nation's highest regarded coaches of integrity. Everyone has convicted Joe and his player before the trial. Maybe Joe knows something we don't and is supporting his player. What ever happened to assumed innocent until proven guilty. I know that Holmoe would do the same thing Paterno is doing for his player.

Maybe you can check out the graduation rate of Cal athletes and compare it to the graduation of the school. If it turns out that the graduation rate of our football program is the same as or better than the school, then I would buy the theory that Cal athletics is more on scholastics than ability. And if Cal's graduation rate matches Stanford's then I would really buy into it. I challenge you to prove me wrong.

Phil Castaneda


Cal alumnus

Editor's Note: The Daily Californian ran a four-part series on graduation rates last February.

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