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April 9, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rod Baker, a Seton Hall assistant coach and former head coach at Tufts University, has accepted an offer to become UC Irvine's next men's basketball coach, sources said Monday. Arrangements were made for Baker to fly to Southern California on Monday evening, but no press conference had been announced. Baker, 39, has been an assistant to Seton Hall Coach P.J. Carlesimo since 1988.
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July 11, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER
Rod Baker, whose six seasons as UC Irvine men's basketball coach ended in March, has signed a personal services contract with the University of Cincinnati. The Bearcats have an opening for an assistant coach and Baker is considered the front-runner. The personal services contract enables him to recruit for the Bearcats, school officials said. Baker, who last month was a finalist for an assistant coach's job at Rhode Island, will join a program that was among the best in the nation.
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October 15, 1996 | JOHN WEYLER
Remember that great sword fight scene in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," when one knight continues to taunt his opponent while his limbs are being chopped off one by one, until he's just an armor-clad torso trying to bite his foe on the knee? It brings to mind the situation men's basketball Coach Rod Baker is in as practice begins today.
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May 28, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER
Rod Baker, former UC Irvine basketball coach, is one of four finalists for an assistant coaching position at Rhode Island, a school official said Tuesday. A decision could come today, according to Rhode Island sports information director Mike Ballweg. Former UCLA Coach Jim Harrick was hired as Rhode Island coach in May. Baker said Tuesday he has not had "any substantive" talks with Harrick. Baker, 45, was fired from Irvine after six seasons during which his teams compiled a 52-116 record.
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August 31, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lloyd Mumford, a former backup guard at Villanova, says he is transferring to UC Irvine to join the basketball program. Mumford, a 6-foot point guard, played in 24 games for Villanova last season, averaging 3.2 points and totaling 33 assists. He will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season as required by NCAA regulations. Mumford was a redshirt freshman last season, after missing the previous season with a broken leg.
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April 9, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rod Baker, a Seton Hall assistant coach and former head coach at Tufts University, has accepted an offer to become UC Irvine's next men's basketball coach, sources said Monday. Arrangements were made for Baker to fly to Southern California Monday night, but no news conference had been announced, the sources said. Baker, 39, has been an assistant to Seton Hall Coach P.J. Carlesimo since 1988.
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March 15, 1993 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine finally rid itself of the 1992-93 basketball season Friday, tossing a jumbled memory of turnovers, injuries, suspensions, and 21 losses toward the waste basket like a crumpled-up stat sheet. Coach Rod Baker was conducting one of the final post-mortems when someone asked if he could say anything positive about the season that was. "Yes," Baker said. "It's positively over." Baker's first Irvine team a year ago did more with less.
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December 1, 1992 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The bus ride from Logan Airport to the hotel was enough for Lloyd Mumford and Coach Rod Baker to know they were home. "Coming from Logan, you go past the toll booth and through the Callahan Tunnel. Once you go through the Callahan Tunnel, there's a sense of being home," said Mumford, a transfer from Villanova who will make his UC Irvine debut tonight against Boston University, perhaps 20 minutes from his family home in the Boston neighborhood of Mattapan.
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January 12, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
UC Irvine, already struggling with a five-game losing streak, has lost starting forward LaDay Smith for two to four weeks because of a mild stress fracture in his left foot, Coach Rod Baker said.
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April 10, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
UC Irvine continued contract negotiations with Seton Hall assistant Rod Baker, who was offered the men's basketball job and had agreed in principle before flying to Southern California Monday. Irvine reserved a room on campus for a news conference Tuesday, but by Tuesday morning the request was canceled, a school official said.
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March 3, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What had been predicted and expected happened quickly. Less than 24 hours after UC Irvine's season finale, men's basketball Coach Rod Baker was told Sunday he would not return. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero told Baker Sunday morning that his contract would not be renewed. Guerrero also met with Baker's staff and the team. Guerrero had said repeatedly he would make a decision at the end of the season, but he moved more quickly than most anticipated.
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March 3, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What has been predicted and expected happened quickly. Less than 24 hours after UC Irvine's last game, Rod Baker was informed he would not be back as coach. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero told Baker in a Sunday-morning meeting that his contract would not be renewed. Guerrero also met with Baker's staff and the team. Guerrero had said repeatedly he would make a decision at the end of the season, but he moved quicker than most anticipated.
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March 2, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rod Baker's sixth season, and quite possibly his career at UC Irvine was extended by a timeout with 1.4 seconds left Saturday night. He made it brief, then paced, hands on hips and waited. What can you say in 20 seconds to a team you might never coach again? "He just told us to keep in the game mentally and to try to steal the inbound pass," guard Lamarr Parker said. "He was just coaching, like he always does."
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March 1, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rod Baker, on the eve of what likely will be his last game as UC Irvine coach, remained upbeat, certain he will retain his job. The Anteater players, a day from ending--mercifully--the worst season in the program's history, attempted to prop up their coach. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, who soon will make his decision, kept mum, saying he will stick with his original plan of waiting for the season to end.
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February 28, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine Coach Rod Baker talked with optimism Thursday afternoon, experienced some harsh reality later in the evening, then got a big pick-me-up to end his day. It all comes with running the Irvine program these days. His team blew a 12-point second half lead, losing to UC Santa Barbara, 79-71, in overtime in front of 1,293 at the Bren Center. The Anteaters demonstrated some unity, dabbled with some internal combustion, then talked of banding together for their coach.
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May 28, 1997 | CHRIS FOSTER
Rod Baker, former UC Irvine basketball coach, is one of four finalists for an assistant coaching position at Rhode Island, a school official said Tuesday. A decision could come today, according to Rhode Island sports information director Mike Ballweg. Former UCLA Coach Jim Harrick was hired as Rhode Island coach in May. Baker said Tuesday he has not had "any substantive" talks with Harrick. Baker, 45, was fired from Irvine after six seasons during which his teams compiled a 52-116 record.
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November 23, 1996
Rod Baker, UC Irvine men's basketball coach, is scheduled to participate in a benefit to raise funds to fight juvenile diabetes at 6 tonight at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. Baker will model a tuxedo for auction at the event sponsored by the Orange County Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. A champagne reception and dinner proceeds the auction. Tickets are $125 per person and all proceeds will go to charity. More information: (714) 553-0363.
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October 15, 1996 | JOHN WEYLER
Remember that great sword fight scene in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," when one knight continues to taunt his opponent while his limbs are being chopped off one by one, until he's just an armor-clad torso trying to bite his foe on the knee? It brings to mind the situation men's basketball Coach Rod Baker is in as practice begins today.
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