Holmoe Steps Down

Tom Holmoe announced his resignation as Cal's coach Sunday night at a press conference in Berkeley, effective at the end of the season.

"I do take full responsibility for the failures of the team this year and in the past years," said Holmoe, who has a 15-37 record at Cal in four-plus seasons. "Every coach knows he usually pays the price for a poor won-lost record, which we have. It falls on me."

"Maybe it will take a little bit of pressure off them to know what a lot of people have already felt, the writing on the wall that I would not be here next year," he said. "It will perhaps alleviate some problems and pressure they may have and I think it will do the same for the coaches."

Cal (0-8) has just three games remaining to try and avoid the school's first winless season since 1897. The Bears host USC this weekend and then play road games at Stanford (Nov. 17) and Rutgers (Nov. 23).

First year athletic director Steve Gladstone said he immediately would begin looking for Holmoe's successor -- saying his primary concern would be "the individual's ability to lead," adding he would "look at every single viable candidate."

Gladstone declined to discuss any candidates nor mention any possible candidates by name.

Cal quarterback Kyle Boller, while pointing out that Holmoe was "like a dad to everybody," said a coaching change could bring a "spark" to the team.

"It can't get any worse," Boller told the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's hard. He recruited me. He's a great person and I think he's a great coach. Maybe this wasn't the place for him to do it."

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