Inside the Lair
The latest applicants to the Haas School of Business recently learned of their admission to the prestigious undergraduate unit within the No. 1 public university in the world, where the next generation of student-athletes is set to further a proud tradition.
Currently at California, 21 student-athletes major in business administration at Haas, whose mission is "to develop leaders who redefine how we do business" with guiding principles to question the status quo; to have confidence without attitude; to be a student, always; and to look beyond oneself.
One of four football players currently pursuing his degree at Haas is Cameron Walker, a junior who worked in his father's pharmacy in Compton, Calif., and imagined future careers in medicine and business ownership.
"I chose Cal because of the academics," said Walker, whose options as a recruit were numerous. "The degree is going to get me set for life. I didn't think I could get that at any other school."
As football built its success into a bowl trip in 2015, improving every season during his Cal career, Walker found himself up against the best on the field and in the classroom. "I'm no stranger to competition," he said. "But the competition at Haas is the hardest thing I've had to deal with at Berkeley."
Women's gymnast Dana Ho also came to Cal thinking of becoming a business owner. "I knew that Haas was one of the top business schools in the nation and that was a big reason for my coming here," she said.
Striving as hard for high performance in gymnastics as she has in the pursuit of her degree, the junior from Plano, Texas, said that she would not want any lesser demands from her major. "The beauty of Cal is in its academics," Ho said. "It's something the coaches really emphasized when they recruited me, the equal balance with athletics."
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Men's Water Polo
WOODLAND, Calif. - The Cal men's water polo team earned some well-deserved recognition for its work in the classroom as Mountain Pacific Sports Federation executive director Al Beaird announced Friday that seven Bears have been named to the conference's All-Academic team.
Senior Thomas Agramonte led the way for the Bears, earning the award for the fourth and final time. Fellow senior Colin Mulcahy and redshirt sophomore J.D. Ratchford were also repeat honorees, both earning their second MPSF All-Academic award. Sophomores Nicholas Carniglia, Luca Cupido and Pedro Stellet each earned the honor for the first time, as did junior goalkeeper Peter O'Laughlin.
To be eligible for the MPSF All-Academic Team, an athlete must have a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA, must be at least a sophomore academically, and must have competed in fifty percent or more of a team's matches. Cal ranked third in the MPSF with seven award-winners.
California is at a tipping point entering 2016.
The Golden Bears, fresh off an 8-5 finish and their first trip to the postseason since 2011, will almost certainly need more from their shaky defense to maintain success moving forward.
Cal is expected to lose only four significant contributors from their 2015 defense. A sizable core of their defense is returning, and that's positive news considering the slew of departures on the offensive end. Quarterback Jared Goff and his top receivers -- Bryce Treggs, Trevor Davis, Darius Powe, Maurice Harris and Stephen Anderson -- are all gone, so 265 catches, 3,778 yards, and 38 touchdowns of production have vanished into thin air.
The Bears, so reliant on their passing attack throughout the first three years of Sonny Dykes' tenure, must hit the reset button there.
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Sean Miller wanted the ball in Gabe York's hands to make a hard drive to the basket with a chance at the game-winning shot or a foul.
California defended it all.
York dribbled off his foot to delay Arizona's final chance before going to the basket and missing a contested shot in the waning seconds, and Cal held on behind hot-shooting Jordan Mathews to beat No. 12 Arizona 74-73 on Saturday night.
"You want him to make a hard drive, and he did. He got a shot off," Miller said. "You always hope that a foul happens. It didn't. Then you want a second shot. We were right there to get one, but you know what, they defended it."
Mathews converted an off-balance layin under pressure with 1:13 to play and finished with a season-best 28 points.
California (14-6, 4-3 Pac-12) improved to 13-0 at Haas Pavilion, where students in the sellout crowd of 11,858 rushed the court after the final buzzer.
"Great win for our program," second-year Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said. "Probably the best offensive team that we've faced this far."