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Football: Your homework

By Jonathan Okanes
Monday, June 14th, 2010 at 9:44 am in Football, off-season stuff.

For its special college football preview section, The Champaign News-Gazette has asked me for Cal’s all-time greatest player, coach and season. That gave me an idea. What do all of you think? Give me your pick for Cal’s all-time best player, coach and season and I’ll tally them up to name winners. I’ll take answers until Friday.

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  • covinared

    Andy Smith 1921 Deltha O’neal.

  • covinared

    1922 Pappy Waldorf Joe Kapp

  • noduck

    nate longshore, 1937, pappy waldorf

  • Kevin Thomas

    1937, no question. Undefeated, defeated Alabama 14-0 in the Rose Bowl, national champions. 10 of eleven starters made All-American teams.

    Andy Smith is the best coach.

    Best player was Les Richter. All-American and NFL All-Pro.

  • calfanz

    Coach–Andy Smith
    Team: 1937
    Player: Tony G

  • CM

    Coach: Andy Smith

    Team: 1920. Undefeated and untied, the team finished 9-0. It scored 510 points and only allowed 14!!! Shut out Ohio State 28-0 in the Rose Bowl. Finished the season Number 1 ranked (obviously)! In Nick Peters’ great book about Cal football, “100 Years of Blue & Gold” (1982), Peters’ says that the 1920 team was the greatest Golden Bear team of all time.

    Player: I’ll go football-baseball great Jackie Jensen. Peters’ calls him Cal’s “finest all-around athlete ever.”

  • Juancho

    Coach: Jeff Tedford

    Player: Desean Jackson (the year he set the kick / punt returns TD record)

    Season: not sure.

  • David Swartz

    Coach: Andy Smith
    Team: 1920
    Player: Chuck Muncie (over 3000 yds. rushing, over 1000 yds. receiving)

  • johnny

    Player: Vincent Strang
    Coach: Marv Levy
    Year: 1898

  • CruzinBears

    Player: Vinny “The little lightning bolt” Strang
    Coach: Marv “What’dya mean its not Big Game Week” Levy
    Year: 1898 could never be topped again

  • CruzinBears

    I feel like there are more votes out there than those listed here… JO… are you hiding something?

  • GoBears98

    Player: Vinny Strang
    Coach: Marv Levy
    Season: 1898

  • Boaltblue

    Player: DeSean Jackson 2006

    Team 1975 (Roth, Muncie, Walker, Rivera)

    Coach: Jeff Tedford (2004)