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Bob Dunning: Let there be light (on recruiting)

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From page A2 | January 02, 2013 |

BLUE AND GOULD … yes, it took UC Davis a long while to hire a head football coach to replace 20-year veteran Bob Biggs, but what do you expect when you have the Great Logo Controversy taking center stage during the hiring process? … as I understand it, every candidate turned down the Aggies after viewing that new-and-improved University of California logo, and Ron Gould was only convinced to take the job after UC brass agreed to scrap the new logo altogether … when it comes to recruiting 18-year-old kids, forget fancy facilities, an attractive schedule and sexy uniforms … no, it’s the logo that counts … now that UC has reverted to its tried-and-true — not to mention stuffy — logo, recruiting can begin in earnest … let there be light …

EVEN MORE LOGOMANIA … Rich at yahoo.com, who claims to be an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara (BA), UCLA (MA) and UC San Diego (another MA) — a likely story if there ever was one — says he is curious “why no one asked me if I thought the logo needed updating.” … that’s because they asked me, Rich … I designed it in 10 minutes on the back of a napkin at IHOP, submitted it to the UC brass, and to my surprise, it was accepted … I was paid handsomely for my time …

SPEAKING OF THE AGGIES … the UC Davis sports scene was affected, perhaps significantly, with Boise State’s recent about-face on joining the Big East for football only and the Big West (UCD’s conference) for all other sports … San Diego State took a similar path eastward … over the weekend, however, Boise officials came to their senses and realized the proper place for Bronco football — under head coach Chris Petersen, the former Aggie great — was in its long-standing home, the Mountain West Conference … it cost Boise a $5 million exit fee to pull the switcharoo, but it never made any sense for a team in Idaho to be scheduling the likes of Temple, Connecticut, Memphis and South Florida anyway …

With the announcement, Boise decided to keep all its athletic teams, men’s and women’s, in the Mountain West instead of the Big West … if San Diego State does the same, the Big West will be back where it was, with the exception of UOP, which is joining the West Coast Conference … San Diego State’s men’s basketball team, a perennial national power, would have walked through the Big West schedule … it’s too bad they apparently won’t be visiting The Pavilion once a year as originally planned …

LIFE’S A GAMBLE … my friend George, noting that I predicted USC would beat the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech, 62-0, in the Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve, says he “bet the house” and most of his 401(k) on the Trojans, who ended up losing the game, 21-7 … given that the bet, according to George, was with his neighbor, there’s a simple solution here … sports betting is illegal in California, so no court will enforce an illegal wager … George might not get invited to the next neighborhood block party, but that’ll be the extent of it …

RAMP IT UP … Barbara at gmail.com sends photographic evidence of those several offramps along Highway 113 between Davis and Woodland where motorists are warned that the ramp will be closed on certain dates between the hours of “5 a.m. to 4 a.m.” … Barbara thinks maybe someone at Caltrans is counting backward, but the fact of the matter is that the ramp will remain open from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. to accommodate dairy farmers taking their product to market … if you can come up with a better explanation, I’m all ears …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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