Over the Break: Presents and Parties Not Only Events Over Break

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Classes may have finished and holidays may have come and gone, but the Cal sports scene was not on break even though the rest of the campus was. Here's a quick look back at the comings and goings of Bears athletics since The Daily Californian took a break from publishing on Dec. 7.

Tedford Named Cal Head Football Coach

The biggest news was the hiring of Cal's new head football coach. Jeff Tedford officially took the helm Dec. 12, when he was introduced to the Cal community at a press conference at Memorial Stadium.

Shortly thereafter, Tedford headed back to Eugene, Ore., to finish his duties as Oregon offensive coordinator.

The 40-year-old Tedford went out with a bang-the Ducks routed Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl, 38-16. The next day Tedford was in Berkeley for his first day as a full-time head coach. He has the tall task of turning around a program that went 1-10 last season, one which he believes is highly possible.

"These players are no different than the players at Oregon," Tedford said on the day he was hired.

It is Tedford's first job as a college head coach and he replaces another first-time head coach, Tom Holmoe, who resigned after five years without a winning season.

tedford names coaches

Tedford wasted no time putting together his staff of assistant coaches and completed his hirings less than 10 days after he was on the job. Tedford retained Ron Gould as running backs coach, the only coach retained from Holmoe's staff.

Tedford brought in a man 10 years his senior to run the offense. After years of success in the Canadian Football League, Tedford hired George Cortez, 50, as his offensive coordinator. Cortez shares Tedford's CFL coaching roots, having spent the past four seasons with the defending Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders.

The defensive coordinator position was filled by Bob Gregory, 38, who spent last season overseeing the Boise State defense.

The oldest coach on the staff is 60-year-old Bob Foster (linebackers), while the youngest is wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau, 29. The last coach hired was J.D. Williams as defensive secondary coach. Williams is a former first-round NFL draft pick who spent that last two seasons as defensive secondary coach at Fresno State, Tedford's alma mater.

Rounding out the staff is Ken Delgado (defensive line), Jim Michalczik (offensive line) and Dave Ungerer (special teams/tight ends).

Earlier this month Tedford also hired Oregon-based businessman Paul Shea as his director of football operations. Shea will oversee many of the program's administrative tasks.

Shea's position did not exist when Holmoe ran the program and is designed to alleviate the myriad off-field responsibilities that come with being a head football coach at a major program.

Willingham Leaves Stanford

The new year will bring another new era for the Big Game. Both Cal and Stanford will feature new head coaches thanks to Tedford's hire and the departure of Tyrone Willingham to Notre Dame on New Year's Eve. Stanford replaced Willingham, who never lost to Cal in seven seasons as the Cardinal coach, with Buddy Teevens.

Teevens was the passing game coordinator at Florida and was head coach at Tulane for five seasons before that. His season-by-season record with the Green Wave: 2-9, 3-8, 1-10, 2-9 and 2-9 (.222).

O'Keith Best of Recruits Thus Far

In their first couple of weeks on the job, Tedford and his assistants have been hard at work putting together their first recruiting class.

The marquee recruit of the class thus far is Narbonne High School running back Marcus O'Keith, who has given a verbal commitment to the Bears. O'Keith's sister, Latasha, is a sophomore on the Cal women's basketball team.

The first day recruits can sign a binding National Letter of Intent is Feb. 6.

Hot Men's Hoops Beats Stanford

The Cal men's basketball did everything but relax over the break. The Bears have yet to lose a game at Haas Pavilion this season and seem to be on their way back to the NCAA Tournament.

The highlight of the season thus far was a 68-54 victory over Stanford Jan. 6 at Haas. It was Cal's first win over the Cardinal in 10 tries.

Said Cal senior Dennis Gates after the game, "Man, it was cool."

The Bears have been getting it done with defense this season and were giving up a Pac-10 best 61.9 points per game before last week's games against the Washington schools.

sensley ends up at iona

Earlier in the fall semester the Bears were quietly hoping they would get a boost from much-hyped and much-talented recruit Julian Sensley, who was supposed to be starting his freshman season this fall.

However, after repeated failed attempts to attain a qualifying score on his SAT, Sensley announced that he will not attend Cal and instead enrolled at Iona College, a small school in upstate New York.

An Iona spokesperson said last week that Sensley will start school at Iona today. As a partial qualifier, Sensley cannot play in any games this season, but can practice with the team.

Sensley had enrolled at nearby Diablo Valley College this past fall while trying to pass his SAT. He didn't and since Cal does not admit partial qualifiers, he could not be a part of the basketball program. The native Hawaiian fought for his eligibility at Cal on the grounds that he has a diagnosed learning disability, but the NCAA turned him down.

Sensley told the San Francisco Chronicle "I didn't get what I needed at Cal." He also didn't get the 820 on the SAT to actually become a student here.

Recruit Midgley Will Not Play This Season

Sensley isn't the only Cal recruit who has been spending more time off the court than he would like. Richard Midgley, a senior point guard at Modesto Christian High School, will not play basketball this season.

The California Interscholastic Federation said this past summer that Midgley had exhausted his athletic eligibility because, the CIF claims, he was placed a grade too low by Modesto Christian when he enrolled there two and a half years ago.

A native of England, the 18-year-old Midgley fought the CIF's ruling in court and was turned down three times. He signed a National Letter of Intent this past fall and will enroll at Cal in August.

Driscoll Takes Over as Providence AD

Longtime athletic department administrator Bob Driscoll officially took over as athletic director at Providence on Jan. 1.

Driscoll was a finalist for the AD position at Cal last spring, after working in different capacities for more than a dozen years at Cal.

Before winter break Driscoll said that he was working on scheduling a men's basketball game between Cal and Providence next season.

Coughlin Finalist for Amatuer Honor

Cal swimmer Natalie Coughlin was named a finalist for the prestigious James E. Sullivan award, given annually to the top amateur athlete in the United States.

Coughlin is one of 14 finalists for the award which will be given in April. The finalists will be pared to five in mid-March.

The sophomore Coughlin was the NCAA's Swimmer of the Year for 2000-01 and has set a bevy of world and national records in the past few months.

Other Sullivan finalists include Tony Azevedo (water polo), Michelle Kwan (figure skating), Matt Lindland (wrestling), Stephen Lopez (taekwondo), Ryan Miller (hockey), Toccara Montgomery (wrestling), Brandon Paulson (wrestling), Mark Prior (baseball), Jason Reed (rowing), Sean Townsend (gymnastics), Allen Webb (track and field), Angela Williams (track and field), Roy Williams (football).

Rugby's Cooke Injured in Auto Accident

The Cal athletic family received some sad news over the break when rugby player Dominic Cooke was seriously injured in a car accident during the Christmas holiday.

Cal rugby coach Jack Clark said Cooke was driving a sport utility vehicle when he hydroplaned and crashed into a tree. Cooke is paralyzed from the waist down and is recovering at Kaiser hospital in Vallejo. Clark said Cooke, in his fourth year at Cal, was going to start at the crucial scrumhalf position on this year's rugby team.

"This would be his team," Clark said. "Dominic would have probably been the best player in the country at his position this year."

Cooke is from the Sacramento area and attended Jesuit High School. Clark said Cooke plans to return to Cal after taking this semester off to begin his rehabilitation.


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