Football: Bartkowski enjoys Hall induction

Former Cal quarterback Steve Bartkowski was inducted Wednesday night into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, where he starred with the NFL’s Falcons.

“None of us played the game of college football thinking that we would be in the College Football Hall of Fame,” Bartkowski said. “It’s the icing on the cake. None of us could have done it on our own, so to our teammates, we say thanks… It’s an incredible honor and we are humbled by it.”

One of the great pure passers in Cal history, Bartkowski led the nation with 2,580 yards as a senior in 1974, when he was team MVP and a consensus All-America selection.

In 1975, he was the first and only Cal player selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft, taken by the Falcons.


Football: Mike White gets Seaborg honor

Mike White, a three-sport letterman at Cal who served as the Golden Bears’ head football coach from 1972-77 and later earned induction into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Glenn T. Seaborg Award.

The award, named after the former University of California chancellor and 1951 Nobel Prize-winning scientist, is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career accomplishments who represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and attitude.

“I am humbled and extremely proud to receive this honor, especially to represent a great person like Glenn Seaborg, who I knew as a student-athlete and when I first started coaching at Cal,” White said. “Some of the past winners are some unbelievably famous people in the history of Cal football. I don’t deserve that status, but am honored to have been acknowledged and hope that I live up to the past winners.”

White lettered in football, rugby and track & field at Cal from 1955-58. Playing as member of the football team under coaches Pappy Waldorf and Pete Elliott, he was a wide receiver for the Bears and served as team captain as a senior. On the track, he once won three different events in the Big Meet vs. Stanford, while he was team captain of the rugby team his final year. White received the Circle C Athlete of the Year honor in 1955-56. He earned his degree in business administration and was the baccalaureate speaker at graduation ceremonies in 1958.

“Mike White is a wonderful Californian and an outstanding person to receive the Glenn Seaborg Award and honor,” said Jack Hart, chair of the Seaborg Award Board of Directors. “Dr. Seaborg would be pleased. Mike achieved success at the highest level in his coaching experiences, both college and the NFL, and you could make a strong case he coached maybe the best team in Cal’s famed football history.”

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Tom Shields (swimming), Layshia Clarendon (basketball) earn Pac-12 Hansen Medals

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Swimmer Tom Shields and basketball star Layshia Clarendon are Cal’s recipients of the 2012-13 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners for achievement by a senior athlete in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Shields led the Golden Bears to a victory at the Pac-12 championships, where they snapped Stanford’s 31-year hold on the conference title. Shields was named Swimmer of the Meet after winning five events and finishing second in a sixth.

At the NCAA championships, he won the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard fly, tying Michael Phelps’ national record in the longer event. Shields and the Bears finished second in the team competition, with Shields pushing his career total to 11 NCAA titles.

Clarendon led the Cal women to their first Final Four, averaging 21.4 points in five NCAA tournament games. The first-team all-Pac-12 guard averaged 16.4 points for the season, spearheading the Bears’ charge to a record-setting 32-4 season.



Golf: Steve Desmione named natl coach of year

Cal coach Steve Desimone was named the winner of the Dave Williams Award as the national men’s golf coach of the year Friday by the Golf Coaches Association of America.  Eaton Golf Pride will present the award December 9 during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the GCAA Convention.

Desimone was also named the Eaton Golf Pride West Region Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season.

Desimone won the national award after his team set a modern-era NCAA record with 12 victories in 14 stroke-play events and finished the season ranked as the No. 1 team nationally in the final Golfstat and Golfweek polls released after the NCAA Championship despite being defeated by Illinois in the match-play semifinals of the NCAA’s.

“I’m honored and humbled to win such a wonderful award,” Desimone said. “This goes directly back to the players for all of their hard work and being such an incredible part of the team. Many people are involved when somebody wins a coach of the year award.

“Our players, associate head coach Walter Chun and the Cal Golf Committee are all a huge part of this award. This is not just an award for me but an award for every one of us involved with our program. This is about as special as it can get, and in many respects, it’s the culmination of the greatest season in the history of college golf.”


Hall of Fame: Eight news Bears inducted

One-time basketball career scoring leader Sean Lampley, former NFL standout Todd Steussie and four-time Olympic medalist Heather Petri head the 2013 class entering Cal’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Also scheduled for induction into the 28th class will be track star Rick Brown, softball player Candace Harper, women’s basketball player Trish Stafford-Odom, swimmer Staciana Stitts, and rower and long-time contributor Gary Rogers.

Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland. Information on tickets to the banquet can be found online at bigcsociety.org.

The new inductees will also be honored at halftime of Cal’s Oct. 19 football game vs. Oregon State at Memorial Stadium.

Here’s more on each of the eight inductees:

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Basketball: Crabbe on NABC All-America 3rd team

Cal junior guard Allen Crabbe, already named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was picked today to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America third team.

Crabbe is just one of two players from the West named to one of the three five-man teams.

Crabbe, who averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds this season, is the first Cal player named to the NABC All-American team since Shareef Abdur-Rahim was chosen to the third team in 1996.

Jason Kidd (1994) and Darrall Imhoff (1960) both were NABC first-team All-America selections.

The NABC All-America teams:

First Team
Trey Burke, Michigan, sophomore guard
Doug McDermott, Creighton, junior forward
Otto Porter, Georgetown, sophomore forward
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, junior guard
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, junior forward

Second Team
Shane Larkin, Miami, sophomore guard
Ben McLemore, Kansas, freshman guard
Mason Plumlee, Duke, senior forward
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, freshman guard
Cody Zeller, Indiana, sophomore forward

Third Team
Allen Crabbe, Cal, junior guard
Russ Smith, Louisville, junior guard
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, junior forward
Jeff Withey, Kansas, senior center
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, senior guard


Basketball: Crabbe earns NABC honor

Cal’s Allen Crabbe was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 20 all-star team.

Also chosen to the District 20 team — which merely consists of the Pac-12 schools – were UCLA’ s Shabazz Muhammad, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson, and Arizona’s Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill.

Second-team District 20 picks were Stanford’s Dwight Powell, Colorado’s Spence Dinwiddie, Oregon’s E.J. Singler, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, Washington State’s Brock Motum and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.

(No Andre Roberson of Colorado?)

Former Cal backup D.J. Seeley of Fullerton State was chosen to the District 9 second team. Saint Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk highlighted the District 9 first team.


Women’s basketball: Gottlieb a Naismith finalist

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who directed the Bears to a 28-3 record, a Pac-12 regular-season co-championship and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, is among four finalists for the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year award.

Gottlieb joins Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw and Dayton’s Jim Jabir as the four finalists for the honor. The winner will be announced at the Women’s Final Four in New Orleans.

Cal opens NCAA tournament play Saturday against No. 15 seed Fresno State at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. (PT). The game will be shown on ESPN2.



Basketball: Crabbe says he would trade Player of the Year award for a Pac-12 tournament title

Allen Crabbe said he spent the offseason in Berkeley working to improve his game in order to help his team, not to win an award.

But after becoming the seventh Cal player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year on Monday, Crabbe said, “it’s a wonderful feeling, a blessing.”

“The offseason really is a time for you to improve your game and I wanted to become more of a complete basketball player, somebody who can impact the game on both ends.

“At the beginning of the season you’re not thinking about awards, just what you can do to help your team. With team success comes individual success.”

Crabbe said he called his parents with the news and they were excited, as you’d expect.

His focus this week is on the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, where the Bears will open Thursday against either USC or Utah.

“We let the regular season kind of slip away from us,” he said. “We can go out here and redeem ourselves. We know what all the teams are capable of doing. We can’t take games lightly.

“We’re all prepared, all focused, all going to play hard to win this Pac-12 tournament champiionship. I feel like we could have won the regular season.”

Crabbe made it clear he’d swap his Player of the Year award for a conference title.

“It’s a good award. I feel like none of this stuff really gets to me,” he said. “I feel like I’m a team player. I want to help my team win. That’s what I’m focused on. We still have business to take care of .

“At the beginning of the season, you’re not talking about, `I’m playing for an award.’  We’re playing for the championship. I’d trade it in. We have an opportunity to put ourselves in a situation to redeem ourselves.”


Basketball: Crabbe named Pac-12 Player of Year

Junior guard Allen Crabbe was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year on Monday, the third Cal player in four seasons to collect the award.
Crabbe, who averages a conference-best 18.6 points, is the seventh Cal player dating back to Jason Kidd in 1994 to earn the honor.
Other Cal players to win the award were Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012).
“I am really happy for Allen,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “He is been a mainstay in our program and has improved each year. Allen has been a guy that has been under constant pressure to carry the load offensively and has done a very good job for us. This is a reward for a lot of hard work and I think well-justified.”
Oregon’s Dana Altman was voted coach of the year and UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Arizona State’s Jahii Carson shared freshman of the year honors.
Stanford’s Dwight Powell was named most improved player and Colorado’s Andre Roberson was voted best defender.
The awards are based on a vote of the league’s 12 coaches.
Crabbe earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight season. Justin Cobbs was chosen to the second team.
The remainder of the 10-man first unit: Carson, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie, UCLA’s Larry Drew II, Arizona’s Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, Powell and Oregon’s E.J. Singler.
Joining Cobbs on the second team: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, Washington State’s Brock Motum and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.