March 21, 2000 |
NCAA officials will meet with Cal State Northridge administrators April 14 in Indianapolis to decide sanctions against the Northridge football program in the aftermath of an internal investigation that led to the firing last summer of Coach Ron Ponciano. The NCAA declined comment on the hearing but could impose stricter sanctions than the self-imposed penalties in the university's 130-page report released last July.
October 3, 2000 |
Derek Brown was still kicking Monday at Cal State Northridge. But so was Ethan Beck. Brown, whose missed extra point in overtime resulted in a 31-30 loss to Idaho State, hasn't lost his job, but he is being challenged by Beck, the Matadors' punter. Coach Jeff Kearin said both will get plenty of kicks in preparation for Thursday night's game at Weber State. A starter has yet to be selected. "They both kicked very well today," Kearin said. "It's just competitive.
November 4, 2001 |
In what seemed like a festive going-away party for the Cal State Northridge football program, the struggling Matadors didn't spoil the occasion. In front of 5,286 at North Campus Stadium, Northridge rode five touchdown passes by Marcus Brady to a 49-36 victory over Cal State Sacramento on Saturday afternoon. It may have been the last home game for the Matadors (2-6), who await a decision later this month by university President Jolene Koester on the fate of the 40-year-old program.
August 12, 1999 |
Ron Ponciano broke a long list of NCAA rules as football coach at Cal State Northridge, including misappropriation of funds, overseeing a nonuniversity bank account and providing players with improper payments and meals, according to the findings of 2 1/2-month internal investigation, released Wednesday. The 130-page report also charged Ponciano with condoning on-campus alcohol and tobacco use by coaches and disregarding instructions from a campus compliance officer to stop team barbecues.
January 9, 1993 |
Four more assistants have been added to the staff of USC Coach John Robinson, it was announced Friday. The latest hires: --Mike Nolan, son of former NFL coach Dick Nolan and an assistant to Dan Reeves of the Denver Broncos the last six seasons, will coach the linebackers and will be the Trojans' defensive coordinator. --Mike Barry, an assistant at Colorado the last six seasons and father of USC inside linebacker Joe Barry, will coach the offensive linemen.
November 1, 1998 |
They worked on the play several times in practice last week and it paid off Saturday. Cal State Northridge pulled off a pooch kickoff late in the third quarter, after Marcus Brady combined with Anthony Ramos on a 23-yard pass play for the final score in the Matadors' 26-10 Big Sky Conference victory at Weber State. Manny Marquez kicked to the right sideline, where Gil Rodriguez snagged the free ball out of the air at the Weber State 37.
January 30, 1998 |
Ron Ponciano, defensive coordinator at San Jose State, is the leading candidate to become Cal State Northridge football coach, sources said Thursday. Paul Bubb, Northridge's athletic director, said he had not offered the job to any of the three finalists. He said the announcement could come this morning and the formal introduction early next week. "I'm still hopeful we can wrap up this thing [today]," Bubb said.
November 16, 1993 |
USC's Johnnie Morton, the Pacific 10 Conference's leading receiver, is still recovering from a flu-like illness that nearly kept him out of Saturday's 22-17 victory over Washington. Morton is expected to play Saturday against UCLA. "That was his best performance of the season," Coach John Robinson said Monday. "We left it up to him Saturday. I told him: 'If you feel bad, stay in bed at the hotel. It's your call.' He wanted to play. He was even worse Sunday, but he's better today (Monday)."
February 24, 2010 |
Mike Christensen, who successfully rebuilt football programs at Lakewood and Carson, has been named coach at Los Angeles Loyola. He takes over a team that endured highs and lows last season after Jeff Kearin resigned as coach one month into the season. Christensen has long coveted the Loyola job. His son, Bryan, is a sophomore football player for the Cubs, and he has admired the school's academic and athletic philosophy. "From the start, I thought it was a great fit," he said.
September 11, 1996 |
Athletes at Cal State Northridge will no longer have to meet higher academic standards than the general student body to retain their eligibility. The athletic department's across-the-board 2.0 grade-point average requirement has been abolished by Ron Kopita, the vice president in charge of student affairs. Instead, eligibility will be determined on a sliding scale that combines university-wide minimum GPAs and those of the Big Sky Conference. The new minimum required GPA is 1.