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The name California Golden Bears is commonly used for 27 varied athletic programs of the University of California, Berkeley. In various athletic competitions, these programs are referred as California or Cal. The University of California competes in the NCAA's Division I mainly as a member of the Pacific Ten Conference, and for a limited number of sports as a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Over the course of the school's history, California has won national titles in 16 different sports and 66 team titles overall. Cal athletes have also competed in the Olympics for a host of different countries. Notable facilities used by the Bears include California Memorial Stadium and Haas Pavilion. Cal finished the 2005-2006 athletic season with 865.5 points, earning seventh place in the Director's Cup standings, the Golden Bears' highest finish ever. Cal did not receive any points for their national championships in rugby and men's crew because those sports are not governed by the NCAA.
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Rugby union began playing at Cal in 1882 and continued until 1886, when it was discarded in favor of American Football. Rugby would make a return in 1906 after football was considered too dangerous to play. From 1906 to 1914, Cal rugby acquired a respectable 78-21-10 record. 1914, however, saw the return of football and Cal did not field a rugby team for almost 20 years. It was during this time that Cal began to compete for the World Cup, which is awarded to the winner of the annual series between Cal and the University of British Columbia.
National collegiate championships for rugby union began in 1980 and Cal has been totally dominant, winning 24 titles out of a possible 29. Cal won four consecutive titles from 1980 to 1983. Current head coach and Cal alumnus Jack Clark took over the team in 1984, and has achieved even more prolonged success, leading the Bears to 20 national titles including a string of twelve consecutive championships from 1991 to 2002 and five more from 2004 to 2008.
The Golden Bears first played basketball intercollegiate in 1907 and began full conference play in 1915. The 1920s was the memorable decade for Cal basketball, as the Bears won 6 conference titles under coaches E.H. Wright and Nibs Price.
The first season of women's basketball at Cal was played from 1972-1973, right after Title IX went into effect. The longest tenured coach in Cal history was Gooch Foster, who captained the team from 1979 to 1996. Cal was quite successful during this period; it won the conference twice in a row, and had 11 winning seasons. Since the early 1990s, however, success has been hard to come by, as the Bears have had only three winning seasons, including the recently completed 2005-2006 season.
In 2006-2007, Cal women's basketball began a revival, with its first 20 win season since 1992, a second straight trip to the NCAA Women's Tournament.
In 2007-08, Cal tied the 1983-84 Bears for the most wins in school history (24-4, with one game remaining in the regular season). The Bears have been ranked as high as 8th in the national polls and set a Pac-10 record attendance in women's basketball with 10,525 witnessing Cal's 60-58 loss to Stanford at Haas Pavilion.
The Cal baseball team plays at Evans Diamond, located between Haas Pavilion, the Recreational Sports Facility, and Edward's Track Stadium. Cal has appeared in the post-season a total of nine times, including five times in the College World Series; Cal won the title in 1947 and 1957.
Founded in the same year as the university in 1868, crew was the very first sport at UC Berkeley. Since then it has become one of the most consistently successful Cal varsity programs. Women's crew began in 1974 and it has also become a perennial contender.
Unlike most other sports at Cal where Stanford is considered their chief rival, the Crew's traditional rival is the University of Washington Huskies which year in and year out fields some of the best crews in the country.
Cal reached the pinnacle of the sport during the tenure of Pete Newell, who was head coach from 1955 to 1960. The Golden Bears earned the conference title four out of his five years and in 1959, won the NCAA title. In his last year, Cal came close to another NCAA title, but lost to Ohio State in the final.
Cal achieved much better success in the 1990s, qualifying for the NCAA tournament five times.