Letters to Sports: Call for Knight is Ludicrous

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I just read Steve Fischer's letter to the editor suggesting that Cal replace men's basketball coach Ben Braun, preferably with Bobby Knight (Letters to Sports: "How Long Can the Bears Go?" Dec. 6). I don't know Steve Fischer, but I do know where he could receive some much-needed psychiatric care.

I have been an avid Cal basketball fan and season ticket holder for over 30 years. I played competitive basketball and have coached in youth leagues. I know a good coach when I see one; it is clear that Ben Braun is an outstanding coach and Cal is fortunate to have him. He demonstrated integrity and commitment to the players and Cal when Michigan tried to hire him. He has just put together a top-10 recruiting class, and he is a highly respected coach in the basketball community.

It ticks me off to read such uninformed criticism simply because the season is off to a somewhat disappointing start. Don't we get enough negative Cal sports diatribes from San Francisco Chronicle columnist Glenn Dickey? With Athletic Director John Kasser leaving we should be reaffirming support and appreciation for Coach Braun. I am convinced the overwhelming majority of Cal fans feel as I do. Mr. Fischer can discuss his opinions when he meets Coach Knight in group therapy.

Jack Friedman

Cal alumnus

Look at the Long Haul

In response to fellow Cal alumnus Steve Fischer, who suggests that Cal hire Bobby Knight as head coach, I have to ask, who then would be "the laughing stock of major-division basketball?" A move like that might result in some wins for the program, but would result in tarnishing the reputation of our fine alma mater.

The last three games have been a disappointment for fans and the team alike, however, to suggest we fire Ben Braun over this short a stretch in the season is almost as stupid as suggesting we hire Bobby Knight. It is true that UC Irvine is no college power, but to be honest, neither are we. I believe that we have a good young team that may be able to secure an NCAA berth in an extremely competitive conference, but setbacks will happen.

Braun is a good coach whom the players obviously respect and unfortunately making a very good program from one that was not very good does take time. One need only look across the Bay at Stanford to see where patience with a good coach will yield results.

If you look at the way Braun and his staff have been able to recruit, especially with next year's class, it is obvious that things are really starting to come together for Cal basketball. One simply has to look beyond a three-game stretch to see that.

Ryan Caldeiro

Cal alumnus


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