Football: Barbour’s email to Bear Backers

Sensitive to the pangs of Cal fans in the wake of two football assistants leaving this week for Pac-12 rival Washington, Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour sent out an email to Bear Backers and football season-ticket holders, explaining what transpired from her point of view.

For those of you who haven’t seen the letter, here it is:


Fellow Golden Bears –

With nearly 130 years of history, Golden Bear football has a long and proud tradition at the University of California, one that will continue for decades to come. As a community, we root for the Bears with a passion that rivals any school in the country. The same enthusiasm that unites so many of us also motivates us in our daily work within Cal Athletics as we strive to put the best possible teams on the field.

While two assistant coaches – Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau – have recently left the Cal football family, we are wholly committed to completing our staff with talented coaches who personify the values and principles we all share.

Rest assured, we wanted coaches Lupoi and Kiesau to remain on our staff and were aggressive in our efforts to retain both of them. The willingness of our community to support these efforts was crucial. While compensation is important, we cannot ignore our fiscal responsibility. In the context of the University’s overall financial situation and the extraordinary efforts from so many of you to help preserve the scope of our 29-sport athletics program, we have an obligation to remain vigilant when it comes to our precious resources.

Coaching changes occur frequently, and change in and of itself is not unusual. Neither Coach Tedford nor I begrudge the coaches for doing what they think is best for themselves and their families. We are disappointed, though, in the timing of their decisions and the manner in which this has unfolded as we approach National Signing Day.

We know from past experience that while those who choose to leave our program are usually missed, they are always replaced with other gifted coaches who jump at the chance to become part of our program. Our new coaches will join an experienced and successful staff already in place.

We are being diligent and expedient in finding the right people who meet our needs and objectives for the long-term health of our program – just as we do in every coaching search. As many of you know, we have already hired Wes Chandler as our new wide receivers coach, a former NFL All-Pro who has more than 25 years experience playing and coaching football at the professional and collegiate levels.

This University stands as one of the world’s great institutions of higher learning with a well-deserved reputation for excellence and high achievement in all its endeavors. What helps set us apart at Cal is that the term student-athlete is not an oxymoron – a fact that is not lost on recruits. As always, the quality of our institution, our students, our faculty and our staff remain our biggest draw.

The future of Cal football could not be brighter as we fully anticipate signing another highly-rated recruiting class on the heels of our past two classes that have ranked among the top 15 in the country. Memorial Stadium construction is ahead of schedule thanks to the dry winter, and the new Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance has proven to be a game-changer for us; recruits themselves have talked about the impact it has made on them and their decision to come to Cal.

We – the team, the coaches, the staff – are all looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus and in Berkeley in a newly renovated Memorial Stadium in 2012!



Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    Not gonna lie. I was hoping for a shout out here. Oh well.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Juancho — Actually spotted it in a couple places . . . but thanks for sharing.

  • Juancho

    Thanks jeff. As a loyal reader you have made my day.

  • wehofx

    Jeff, you’re killing it – especially considering you’re doing double duty.

    Kudos to Juancho for the updates.

  • Juancho

    Part of Jordan Payton’s itinerary is to attend the Stanford basketball game. Let’s hope that this reminds him of how much he will love Cal.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Tedford – It has no effect on the program.

    Barbour – 9 paragraph attempt to reassure season ticket holders.

    One of these things is not like the other.

  • Jim

    A decent letter explaining the facts of athletic life at Cal … not willing to sacrifice the entire athletic program in order to satisfy the lucre lust of a disloyal, unethical assistant coach.
    Loopy has pooped in his own nest. No future coach considering him will ever give any credence to his declarations of honor and loyalty.

  • Rollonubears

    In the past, we’ve always picked up a couple surprise recruits on loi day. Now it’s as if everyone we got a verbal from is our only chance at a great class. We should be focusing on a few dark horses while all the attention is on these few. We can still have a monster class.

  • Rocko

    I am not sure of Lupoi’s coaching ability, but I do know he was a hell of a recruiter at CAL. Is his replacement going to be as good? Who’s to say but probably not. However I don’t think he will have the passion of getting recruits to come to UDUB as he did to CAL. He sure can’t tell them that Washington is a better academic school than Berkeley. I don’t think he will have the success at recruiting at UW than he had at UC. I think what Sandy was saying was we will press on regardless.

  • Juancho

    Rollon, the new receiver coach is flying out to have an in home visit with stefon diggs. The number ten ranked player in the country. His idol is desean jackson. And the word is we may actually be his leader. Whats weird is that the word we may be leading started after the changes. So maybe kiesau wasnt impressive to him.

    Jordan payton after long flight delays yesterday is in washington. From his tweets one would think hes already committed to washington. Lets hope not.

    I think oregon is leading for shaq and armstead. Im convinced theyre a package deal now. Aziz shittu is trying to get in touch with oregon via twitter. He doesnt have an offer from thim. But his desperate attempts make it obvious thats where arik and shaq are strongly considering.

    Rememeber, oregon starts a new quarter in march i believe. Sooner than the rest of ariks contenders. Kid will get tired of sitting around since he graduated early.

  • Juancho

    Yuri twitter gate wright should be visiting berkeley this weekend unless it got cancellled last minute.

    Next weekend is a massive recruiting weekend again.

    Treggs and co will be here. Thomas johnson a wr who decommitted from texas will be here. Were in his top 3 with oregon. Theyre trying like hell to get arik and shaq to come down.

    Remember zach kline already lives here so hell be one hell of a host. Ill try to find out the other new recruits who will be here next weekend. One recent committ damariay drew will be here.

  • wehofx

    I sure hope jt lands a name d line coach this week.

  • Tom S

    Got to go all in on Shaq and Armstead. Tedford, get in your car and go to Sacto. and don’t come home without them.

  • go8ears

    man, tosh and sarkisian co. are such a disgrace to college football. they have definitely taken something positive away from the way i used to regard and enjoy college football. i am sad to say it’s not the same to me anymore, not after realizing how dirty this business really is.