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Cal football: Former coach Snyder dies

Filed by Ben Enos, filling in for Jonathan Okanes

Sad news for Bear fans today as the Associated Press is reporting that former Cal coach Bruce Snyder has passed away after a 10-month fight with cancer. You can read the AP story here.

Snyder coached at Cal from 1987-91, leading them to the Copper Bowl (1990) and the Citrus Bowl (1991). In 1991, the Bears finished ranked No. 7 in the USA Today poll, No. 8 in the AP Poll.

We’ll have reaction from former players and colleagues later on, but for now you can visit our home page to sign the guestbook.

Jonathan Okanes

Jonathan Okanes is in his fourth year covering Cal's football team. Previously, he covered Cal's men's basketball team for four years. He can also be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/OkanesonCal.

  • Pete Carroll

    That’s very sad. If not for the inept administration, Bruce Snyder should have stayed at Cal and continued to develop and succeed with the program. Had he stayed the program would have been far ahead of where it is today. He was a fine coach. RIP Bruce.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    RIP Coach. Daddy knew Coach Snyder well and he stayed at our home a couple of times. He was a nice man. True story: He said I could work on the sidelines at any of the games at Berkley. He also wanted me to come to summer practise and help. Didn’t have the heart to tell him no. He was gone right after that anyway so it didn’t matter.

  • Steve W

    I was only a casual Cal football fan during the Kapp era. My first season as a rabid fan came in Snyder’s first season with the team. You could tell that something had changed in the atomosphere in Strawberry Canyon, and Snyder was the reason. The Bears lost more than a few games in the 1987 season, but they were entertaining and they played with heart and passion. You could tell that Snyder was bringing something special to the party when the Bears knocked off 1987 Rose Bowl champion Arizona State at home during that first season. Then the recruiting started to kick in, and we got NFL players like Sean Dawkins and Todd Steussie. When Snyder took a chance on Prop 48 candidate Russell White, things were never the same. I was sitting in section T when White took the field for the first time and torched Miami for a 99-yard kickoff return. The great victories in the Snyder era – the trouncing of USC at home in 91 and the first win over UCLA in 20 years the year earlier – were truly something special and heralded the spoils we are enjoying now with Cal football. One could only imagine what might have happened had he stayed at Cal. Thanks for the memories, Bruce.