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Football: Cal all-time

By Jonathan Okanes
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 11:21 am in Football, off-season stuff.

Thanks to those of you who casted votes for Cal’s greatest player, coach and season ever. I see that some of you took it seriously and others not so much. There was no real consensus for the top player, and I agree that there isn’t one or two players that should obviously be labeled as the program’s greatest player.

You picked Andy Smith as the top coach, and you won’t get any argument from me. Smith went 74-16-7 from 1916-25 and that included a 50-game unbeaten streak. He also led the Bears to the Rose Bowl in 1920 and 1921.

The top season was a tie between 1898 and 1937. The Bears went 8-0-2 in 1898 and outscored their opponents 221-5. In 1937, Cal was 10-0-1 and beat Alabama in the Rose Bowl. Cal finished that season ranked No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll.

As for my selections that I will submit to the Champaign News-Gazette, I am picking running back Russell White as Cal’s greatest player, over Chuck Muncie, Les Richter, Jackie Jensen and Rod Franz. White is Cal’s all-time leading rusher and was a first team All-Ameircan 1991. I am going with Smith as the top coach and 1937 as the greatest season.

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  • rollonubears

    i wish i was 100 years old. i could have enjoyed all of this, and died peacefully.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    How to choose your best player of all time:

    1. Start first with whoever won a Heisman

    2. Next go to their on field accomplishment, namely, which player took you to the National Championship game

    3.If #1-2 come up empthy handed look for the player that brought you the greatest team achievement in the past 50 years. In this case it would be an ouright Pac 10 championship or a Rose Bowl win

    4. If no Rose Bowl win in the last 50 years then go to the player who got you to the Rose Bowl or a similar BCS game.

    5. If #4 doesn’t apply then go look at old You Tube highlight videos to elect a player that most people today have no clue about.

  • rollonubears

    Greatest Troll of all time.

  • Larry

    Blah, blah, blah.

  • BlueNGold

    Of course, at a certain southern California school, choosing a ‘best player of all time’ requires being able to separate the proposed players’ athletic achievements from their involvement in shady financial support transactions.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    BlueNGold Says:
    June 25th, 2010 at 2:53 pm
    Of course, at a certain southern California school, choosing a ‘best player of all time’ requires being able to separate the proposed players’ athletic achievements from their involvement in shady financial support transactions.
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    Original thought misterpeabody.

  • BlueNGold

    moron, you don’t know what you are talking about. But that is hardly new, or particularly surprising.