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.
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 11, 2000 |
Cal State Northridge is headed to the Big West Conference in 2001, a move applauded across campus. But before the Matadors depart, they'll play lame duck in the Big Sky Conference. "That's what scares me," Bobby Braswell, men's basketball coach, said with a laugh. Braswell and football Coach Jeff Kearin aren't counting on getting many breaks with the game officials. On the road in the Big Sky, the Matadors, in black uniforms, are not mistaken for the good guys.
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.
December 22, 1999 |
Jeff Kearin, who guided Cal State Northridge to a 5-6 record in 1999 as interim football coach, was hired by the university on a permanent basis Tuesday, agreeing to a four-year contract worth $90,000 a year. Kearin, 39, a former Matador assistant, was hired in July as an 11th-hour replacement for Ron Ponciano, who was fired after an internal investigation of the program revealed numerous alleged rules violations.
December 3, 2005 |
It's always nice to have a starting quarterback. Just ask Los Angeles Loyola. With starter Henry Burge turning in an efficient performance, and Santa Ana Mater Dei struggling with its backup, Loyola upset the fourth-seeded Monarchs, 14-0, Friday at East Los Angeles College. It was an ugly way to win a Southern Section Division I semifinal, but gets Loyola to the title game for the first time since 2002.
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.
January 11, 1997 |
In a classic reversal of fortune, Jim Fenwick was hired Friday as football coach at Cal State Northridge, two years after failing to land the same job. Calling it a "truly happy moment for me," Fenwick was introduced as the Matadors' new coach at an afternoon news conference attended by reporters, players school officials and relatives of the coach. "I wanted to be a Division I football coach and to have the opportunity to do it in my own backyard," Fenwick said.