(4) Scott Chong
If you haven't seen this yet, then shame on you. Stop everything and watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again. It is worth the time.
UNITE Blogger Throwdown: Stanford vs California (via ESPNUNITE)
TheScientist019: The Two-Time Blogger Throwdown Champion! Dr. Periodic Table himself! During the 2012 football season, our own Scott Chong appeared on the nationally televised program ESPN Unite to face-off in a verbal slugfest with bloggers representing Stanfurd and Oregon State in anticipation of the teams meeting on the gridiron. While our team came pretty darn close to having their butts literally handed to them in both contests, Chong was more than able to hold his own, being named the winner of both debates.
UNITE: Blogger Throwdown - Cal vs Oregon State (via ESPNUNITE)
Chong's performance exemplifies the balance I love about the University of California. In the same institution, you have the number one public university in the world combined with several programs with excellence in athletics. Similarly, Chong demonstrated not just a high football IQ with formation match-ups and knowledge of our personnel, but he combined it with an immensely entertaining sense of humor and a biting wit.
And don't forget—the 2-4-5 Nickel.
(5) Dave Durden
Dave Durden is now eligible for our Hall of Fame tournament, and not a moment too soon. Durden has quickly established Cal as one of the top men's swimming programs in the nation. CalBears.com highlights his accomplishments:
David Durden, beginning his sixth year at the helm of the California men's swimming and diving program, has led the Golden Bears to back-to-back national team titles in 2011 and 2012, and has been named NCAA Coach of the Meet and Pac-12 Coach of the Year three seasons in a row.
In just five years Durden has brought the Cal program to the pinnacle of college swimming as he coached the Golden Bears to their first NCAA team title since 1980 in 2011, and then guided his squad to another national crown this past March in Federal Way, Wash.
In his spectacular fifth year at Cal, Durden led his 2011-12 team to the program's fourth NCAA title with a dominating 535.5 to 491 point victory over second place Texas at the national meet. Before his pair of national crowns, Durden led the Bears to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2010 and fourth-place finishes in 2008 and 2009. He now owns an overall dual meet record of 24-9 (.727).
Since his arrival to Berkeley in 2007, Durden's (along with head coach emeritus Nort Thornton) swimmers have established school records in 18 of 19 swimming events, including all the relays. He has guided Cal to 23 NCAA titles, including nine relay crowns and 33 Pac-12 individual and relay titles, in five seasons.
That article is woefully out of date, however, as Durden and the Bears won another National Championship two weeks ago. This is how he celebrated:
This is how a swimming and diving coach celebrates a national title ... pic.twitter.com/R0oilxymN3— NCAA (@NCAA) March 31, 2014