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UC Berkeley: Building, or Almost Dumping, Champions

Posted By Kevan Rolfness On Jun 21, 2011 @ 11:30 pm In Sports | Comments Disabled

4448701927_6f9a633927Back in September [1], the heads of our outstanding institution of higher learning brilliantly decided to demote our varsity rugby team [2], which has won an astounding 26 national championships BTW, to club status while completely eliminating our baseball team — that same baseball team that isn’t doing too bad these days either, as you might have heard [3].

As if that isn’t enough to make those folks who cut these successful programs feel a little silly, Cal baseball coach David Esquer was just named National Coach of the Year [4].

But we here at the Clog don’t hold grudges (well, except in the case of David Schwimmer, who can never be forgiven for playing “Ross”). We’re just happy to see these programs coming back. The lesson to be learned here: if your program gets cut, it only takes a championship run and around 9.7 million dollars [5] worth of philanthropic commitments to get reinstated. Easy peasy lemon-squeezy, indeed.

Perhaps the reason for the baseball team’s success was the stress of being cut a few months ago and this is all part of a new innovative strategy for “Building Champions” that forces programs to be financially independent and somehow facilitates championship-worthy performances. Who knows.

Image Source: Monica’s Dad [6] under Creative Commons
Cal baseball still standing, ousts Texas A&M [SFGate [3]]
Cal’s Esquer is National Coach Of Year [San Jose Mercury News [7]]
Cal Baseball officially reinstated as team preps for College World Series [UC Berkeley NewsCenter [5]]

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URLs in this post:

[1] Back in September: http://clog.dailycal.org/2010/09/28/the-cutting-edge/

[2] varsity rugby team: http://clog.dailycal.org/2010/09/30/rugby-wont-go-down-without-a-fight/

[3] heard: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/21/SP6D1K0PHF.DTL

[4] National Coach of the Year: http://www.mercurynews.com/cal-bears/ci_18322368?nclick_check=1

[5] 9.7 million dollars: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/06/17/cal-baseball-officially-reinstated-as-team-preps-for-college-world-series/

[6] Monica’s Dad: http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/4448701927/

[7] San Jose Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/cal-bears/ci_18322368

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