Hope for Cal baseball program? – sfgate.com

Hope for Cal baseball program? – sfgate.com

Though the program took a third strike with two outs in the bottom of the ninth in a game it was losing, supporters of Cal baseball believe that the game isn’t over – not yet, not by a long shot.

‘There was a foul tip in there,’ said former Cal pitcher Doug Nickle, leading the effort to get the sport reinstated. ‘All we asked for is another pitch.’

By all accounts, they will get that pitch.

Nickle and his group will meet with athletic director Sandy Barbour and other university officials this week to discuss what needs to happen for Cal baseball to return.

‘Conversations between key people on campus and Cal baseball supporters are ongoing,’ UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said. ‘Now we focus on the future and the possible reinstatement of Cal baseball if and when sufficient funds are raised to support the team’s expenses…

Editorial: True Grit and Title IX – Thanks to Title IX, if budget cuts must be made in sports departments at schools, equality doesn’t go first – February 17, 2011 – The New York Times

Opinion: True Grit and Title IX – Thanks to Title IX, if budget cuts must be made in sports departments at schools, equality doesn’t go first.

Last week, the University of California at Berkeley announced that it will restore three varsity teams it eliminated last fall: women’s gymnastics and lacrosse and men’s rugby. It will not, however, restore men’s baseball and gymnastics. This Solomonic solution would very likely have been worse without Title IX, the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education…

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Athletics Community Reacts to Cuts of Baseball, Gymnastics – By Jack Wang, Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer – Monday, February 14, 2011 – dailycal.org

Athletics Community Reacts to Cuts of Baseball, Gymnastics – By Jack Wang, Daily Cal Senior Staff Writer – Monday, February 14, 2011 – dailycal.org

David Esquer has his realtor on speed dial. The Cal baseball coach was half-joking, trying to lighten up the gravest news the program has ever faced, but it’s clear he’ll have to start looking elsewhere.

When the campus announced the reinstatement of rugby, lacrosse and women’s gymnastics last Friday, it conversely sealed the elimination of baseball and men’s gymnastics. The news was a surprise in at least one way: Teams had been under the impression that the possibility of saving themselves was an all-or-nothing proposition…

Cal second baseman Tony Renda talks about UC Berkeley’s decision regarding the athletic cuts.

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Cancer takes Jill Costello, Cal coxswain – By Tom FitzGerald – sfgate.com

Cancer takes Jill Costello, Cal coxswain

Jill Costello, the coxswain for the Cal women’s crew, died at UCSF Medical Center on Thursday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer during which she helped take the Bears close to a national championship. She was 22.

Ms. Costello, who attended St. Ignatius Prep in San Francisco, was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, the most advanced form of the disease, shortly after the 2009 season ended. Despite 20 rounds of chemotherapy and 14 radiation treatments, she continued to compete on Cal’s top boat – its varsity 8 – which placed fourth in the NCAA Championships on May 30 at Lake Natoma near Sacramento…

Support the bipartisan High School Sports Collection Act – Write Your Elected Officials Today! – Celebrating Annual Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 3, 2010

Support the bipartisan High School Sports Collection Act – Write Your Elected Officials Today! – Celebrating Annual Girls and Women in Sports Day, February 3, 2010

Contact Policymakers – Write Your Elected Officials Today!

From the Women’s Sports Foundation Web site:

We need your help. In addition to working with parents and athletes every day in the “trenches’ to ensure schools are complying with Title IX, the battle also continues in Congress to ensure Title IX remains strong and effective. The most powerful message to a legislator comes from the constituents they serve—you. Help us send a message to Congress to support legislation to level the playing field for girls and women.

Click, here, to send your personal message from the Women’s Sports Foundation web site.

For more on the goals and myths click, here.

Here is the web site specific to National Girls and Women in Sports Day.