Report: Cal AD had to fire coach

February 12, 1993|By McClatchy News Service

Contrary to nearly everything else being written this week, the decision to fire California's basketball coach, Lou Campanelli, wasn't made by athletic director Bob Bockrath.

The final call belonged to Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien.

A source close to the school, who requested anonymity, said yesterday that Tien, along with Vice Chancellor Daniel Boggan Jr., was appalled over Campanelli's verbal abuse of players, mercurial behavior and, in the source's words, "conduct unacceptable to the university."

Bockrath reportedly wanted to delay the decision until the end of the season, but his bosses would hear none of it. Tien and Boggan wanted Campanelli out -- immediately.

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