October 29, 1998 |
The women's basketball coach at Cal State Northridge has been indicted on charges of conspiring to distribute at least 50 grams of crack cocaine in Omaha, the FBI announced Wednesday. Michael J. Abraham, who has coached the team since 1995, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday night at a gymnasium on the university campus.
December 18, 1985 |
When the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team lost to Portland State in the NCAA Division II final last season, there was a feeling among the players that they had embarrassed themselves. They were the defending champions, with three All-Americans and a four-year starter among their top six players. They were a veteran team, loaded with confidence. And yet, in the final, they crumbled, losing in straight games.
August 18, 1999 |
"This is over." So proclaimed Interim President Louanne Kennedy of Cal State Northridge last week after releasing a 130-page internal report that detailed more than a dozen violations of NCAA rules and declared former football coach Ron Ponciano persona non grata. Kennedy's statement leaves the impression the university has cleansed itself of its football problems and is ready to move on. It's another example of the ignorance of the Northridge administration.
November 3, 1998 |
When it comes to credibility and leadership, Cal State Northridge is running close to empty. Is there anyone in the athletic department willing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Last Wednesday, in the wake of women's basketball Coach Michael Abraham's indictment on charges of possession with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of crack cocaine, Athletic Director Paul Bubb told The Times he had "never" heard rumors of drug use or drug sales involving Abraham.
March 20, 1998 |
A former Cal State Northridge women's volleyball player said Thursday she did schoolwork for Nancy Ma, the team's best player, with the knowledge of Coach Lian Lu and assistant Kathleen O'Laughlin. Nicki Midwin, a 19-year-old sophomore who quit the team last month, said she completed several assignments for Ma, 25, a junior from China who speaks limited English. "I know the coaches were aware of it because I was at practice [last fall] and I told Lu, 'Look, I'm completely pressured.
March 16, 1995 |
Students at Cal State Northridge did their part to support athletics when they voted for a referendum that will increase semester fees $27. The extra money will save several programs that were targeted for elimination, including women's basketball. Now it's time for the Northridge administration to do its part to save women's basketball--by getting rid of Coach Kim Chandler. So she has another year left on her contract?
March 11, 1995 |
With distractions everywhere, Bob Hiegert briefly took the bait. The Cal State Northridge athletic director sat in his office late Thursday night awaiting election results on a crucial funding measure that would decide the future makeup of his program. Coaches, administrators and athletes milled nervously around his desk. It was crunch time. At 10 p.m., a caller reached Hiegert and gave him some numbingly bad news. The athletics referendum had again been shot down.
June 28, 1987 |
Northridge physical education instructors and coaches unanimously recommended in December that the university step up to NCAA Division I status in athletics. Football would be the only sport not affected by the change. "We feel the San Fernando Valley community is ready to support Division I teams," said Bob Hiegert, Northridge athletic director. In subsequent months, work began on campus to study the feasibility of the proposed move.
May 21, 1992 |
Cal State Northridge black student leaders said Wednesday that they are pressing ahead with their call for the resignation of Athletic Director Bob Hiegert. Black Student Union president Karen Brannon and Black Student-Athletes Assn. president Patrick Johnson are more convinced than ever that Hiegert should step down in the wake of a 68-page task-force report that concluded that racism exists in the CSUN athletic program.
January 10, 1987 |
Since November, when Cal State Northridge coaches voted unanimously to recommend that the university step up from Division II to Division I, members of the athletic department have anxiously awaited an encouraging word from CSUN President James W. Cleary. But Cleary, 58, has gained a reputation of being steadfastly opposed to big-time collegiate sports--and the improprieties that often go with them--in his 18 years as school president.