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Dear Sandy Barbour,

Fire Ben Braun.

Since Ben Braun started coaching the Cal Men's Basketball Team in 1996, the team has made it to 5 out of 11 NCAA tournaments. While this may not seem that bad, that number is deceptive; as a fan who has watched nearly every men's basketball game for the past 4 years, the men's team has had the players to make it to the tournament every year (but has somehow fallen short most times).

With only three offensive sets that the team runs (and which I, a fan, seem to know by heart) "stagnant" can only begin to describe Braun's offense. Braun always seems to have one great recruit fall right into his lap every few years and that player becomes his offense: Leon Powe, feed him the ball at the elbow and watch him work (the only reason that worked was because Leon's a beast); Ryan Anderson, give him the ball at the three point line and if he's not open, swing the ball around then back again and hope he's open that time.

Braun is supposed to be a defensive minded coach; then why is it that so many of the opposing players get wide open shots? Supposedly it's his secret "strategy".

I do not claim to be a basketball expert, but when conservatively-minded alumni agree with the liberal attitudes of us students that Braun needs to go, I think it is saying something.

Ms. Barbour, the University of California is a pac-10 school with a history of basketball excellence. It is about time that this mediocrity came to an end. In a season where the team lost close to 10 games in which they were within at least 5 points of the lead in the final few minutes of the game you have to question the coach. While it is tough for coaches to win games for teams, they can certainly lose games. All Braun needs to do is put the team in a position to win; night in and night out, he puts the team in a vulnerable position to lose.

You gave him his 2 year extension and he just made the team worse...his time is up.

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Sandy Barbour - Athletic Director, UC Berkeley

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