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.