Passing of a Legend

Pete Newell, one of the basketball's most respected and beloved figures who led California to the 1959 NCAA championship, passed away Monday after a long illness. He was 93.

Head coach of the Golden Bears from 1954-60, Newell guided Cal to four consecutive conference titles (1957-60) and was voted National Coach of the Year in 1960. He finished his Cal career with a 119-44 record, which included an NCAA runner-up finish in '60 in addition to the 1959 title.

Newell also led the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal at the 1960 Games in Rome with a squad that featured former Cal center Darrall Imhoff as well as such future NBA standouts as Oscar Robertson and Jerry West. He later served as Cal's Director of Athletics from 1960-68.


Bobby Knight and Pete Newell embrace before the December 3, 2006 Pete Newell Challenge versus Texas Tech at HP Pavilion.

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There will be a special tribute to Newell before Tuesday's Cal-USF game, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Pavilion.


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