Feb. 10, 2011
The five sports designated for elimination at Cal due to budget cuts will be reinstated, a source close to the situation has told Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
The announcement from the university on the future of baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics' and women's lacrosse was originally expected Thursday, but an e-mail from Dan Mogulof in the campus Public Affairs office on Thursday morning said that the announcement was not forthcoming.
The following is a portion of that message:
An announcement of the final decision regarding the reinstatement of Cal Athletics will not take place this morning. The process of gathering, verifying and analyzing the large number of individual philanthropic commitments made to the Save Cal Sports effort is proving to be complicated and time consuming.
The group "Save Cal Sports" had been soliciting funding from private donors to prevent the programs from elimination. It was announced four months ago that the university would reduce the number of teams from 29 to 24 to save an estimated 4 million annually.
BACH: Cal to prevail, regardless of ruling
On Feb. 1, athletic director Sandy Barbour announced that a decision would be made within the next 10 days.
Previously, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau had stated that the decision on the fate of the programs rested on a goal of raising 25 million to fund operating expenses for 5-to-10 years. Additionally, he sought a plan for the creation of an endowment to fund the programs in the future.
Programming note: Warriors-Thunder coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on CSN Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
Klay Thompson is questionable for tonight's game against the Thunder, the Warriors announced.
His status is up in the air because of a family matter.
Thompson has played in 40 of the team's 41 games this season.
He led the Warriors in scoring on Monday against the Cavs with 26 points.
More to come...
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn went through two years ago what his offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is experiencing now.
Quinn, who was the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator at the time, was the presumptive next coach of the Falcons while he prepared to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
One day after the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots, Quinn was announced as Falcons head coach.
The 49ers are expected to formally make an offer to Shanahan after the Falcons’ season is over, and Shanahan is “almost certain” to accept, the NFL Network reported. Atlanta plays host to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.
“I definitely have shared insight with him as he was going through the process for him,” Quinn said of Shanahan on Wednesday during a press conference.
But Quinn referred all other questions about Shanahan’s likely hiring as the next 49ers coach to the Bay Area. The 49ers will be able to hold a second interview with Shanahan next week, regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s game. The 49ers’ first interview with Shanahan was Jan. 5. He was allowed to interview the first time because the Falcons were on the playoff bye week as the NFC’s No. 2 seed.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then.
“That’s the way it’s designed from the league. You have your window and then that one closes for a while, and then there’s another one and you’re able to talk. From there, that’s why you’re able to lock back in and do what we’re doing. That’s where I am with that.”