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Historical Events of UC Davis Athletics

1905-19 | 1920-49 | 1950-69 | 1970-79 | 1980-89 | 1990-99 | 2000-Present

1905-19

1905: Appropriation of monies for University of California's purchase of 779-acre site in Davis, Calif.

Oct. 1908: First students arrrive at UC Davis.

1909: Athletic Association is formed with S. Coil presiding. UC Davis competes in its first athletics event of any kind, the All-Yolo League track meet.

Apr. 22, 1909: Campus hosts its first Picnic Day, then known as Farmer's Day.

1910-11: First athletics facilities installed on campus, consisting of a track, football field and baseball diamond. The Athletic Association also furnishes participants with their first uniforms. In this year, rugby, basketball and baseball compete in their first events. Indoor events such as basketball appear to have been contested at the Judging Pavilion, located in the current site of the Chemistry building.

1912: Dr. W.E. Bates launches first campus health-care facility, a three-bed ward in the South Hall resident hall.

1912: The Athletic Association is dissolved and athletics falls under auspices of new Associated Students of the University Farm.

1912: Men's basketball wins the school's first conference title in any sport, then as a member of the Yolo County Athletic League.

Jan. 1914: First women students at UC Davis.

1914: Jimmy Thorburn named as Physical Director, presumably the predecessor to the Director of Athletics.

1914: First Aggie tennis match.

1915: Student newspaper, The Agricola, is first published. The newspaper changed its name to The California Aggie in 1923. The Agricola yearbook, in existence since 1910, changed its name to the Farm Rodeo in 1917.

1915: UC Davis joins the California-Nevada League, along with Nevada, Saint Mary's and Pacific.

1915: First American football game. Prior to 1915, the Aggies actually competed in rugby, although such competition was often referred to as football.

1916-17: First Aggie swimming and water polo competition.

1917: California Senate Bills 483 and 484 pass, allocating monies toward a new gymnasium on the UC Davis campus. The previous "gym" is actually nothing more than the basement of the South Hall residence hall. Measuring 36x40 feet with an eight-foot ceiling, the original facility housed limited equipment.

1919-20: First Aggie wrestling and boxing competition.

1920-39

1920: First Aggie cross country competition.

Jan. 21, 1921: Grand opening of the University Farm Gym, located along the south end of the Quad. The celebration culminates a long process that initially launched in 1916 as a fund-raising effort by Dud Heron and Prof. Ed Voorhies, evolved into the 1917 Senate appropriation, then entailed two additional fund-raising campaigns in 1919 and 1920.

[The Gym served as headquarters for athletics until the completion of the new gymnasium, now known as Hickey Gym, in 1938. The Gym housed the library until 1940, when that capacity moved to a new site, now known as Peter Shields Library. From 1940 to 1961, it was known as Recreation Hall and served as a single-structure student union. In the 1960s, Recreation Hall was replaced by the current Memorial Union.]

1921: First Picnic Day track meet, featuring all high school boys.

1922: The Block CA Society is formed. In addition to organizing social benefits and issuing awards, the primary function of Block CA is to finance athletics medical costs.

1922: UC Davis adopted use of "California Aggies" as a nickname. According to Stromgren's compilation, the athletes were previously simply known as "the Davis Farmers".

1924: Coach Bill Driver organizes system of student managers. Managers reports are often the only documented information from many of the early years of Aggie athletics.

1925: Coach Driver lobbies for the adoption of the mustang as the school symbol. According to an article in the California Aggie, the basketball team had unleashed the call of a wild stallion during a game against Fresno State in 1924. Furthermore, a thoroughbred stallion called "Gun Rock" was stationed on campus from 1921-31, helping further inspire the image of an equine with athletics teams. However, the term "stallion" did not meet with campus approval, so Driver pushed for "mustang" instead. In a football write-up dated October 21, 1925, the California Aggie used what is believed to be the first reference of the Mustang as an athletics mascot.

1925: UC Davis joins its first organized athletics league, the Far Western Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a.k.a. the Far Western Conference.

1926: First Aggie soccer competition.

1929: Aggie football, now under the guidance of second-year head coach Irving "Crip" Toomey, wins its first Far Western Conference title.

1932: Tennis is recognized by the Executive Committee (the governing body of the Associated Students) as an "official" sport at UC Davis. A group of women also start a tennis team, leading to the formation of Cal Aggie Women's Association in 1933.

1936: Baseball is established as a recognized sport by the Executive Committee after several years as an intramural program.

1937: UC Davis hosted the national boxing championships in Sacramento, after having hosting four straight Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Boxing Tournaments.

1937: The student enrollment at UC Davis exceeds 1,000 for the first time. However, the majority of the population comprises non-degree students.

1937-38: Irving F. "Crip" Toomey is announced as the first-ever Director of Athletics.

Apr. 8, 1938: A modern gymnasium, bearing a price tag of $350,000, is dedicated by the U.C. Regents. The new structure features classrooms, a band room, housing for the university's ROTC program and features folding bleachers with a capacity of 1,500 spectators. It also has an adjoining swimming pool measuring 100x60. The gymnasium would later be named for coach/athletics director Vern Hickey who, coincidentally, arrived on the UC Davis campus the following year.

1940-1969

1941"Elton Tobiassen captures the NCAA title at 145 pounds, becoming the school's first-ever national champion.

1942-45: Due to World War II, the FWC suspends its operations and athletic activity virtually ceases on campus. The campus becomes a military training center (in 1944) and even Toomey draws up a physical education curriculum designed to train students for military service.

1946: Athletics programs are revived at UC Davis, although the FWC would not resume for one more year. The participation is decimated, however, and only football, basketball, track and field, baseball and swimming appear on the athletic rolls. By 1948, the listed offerings resemble more closely that of the next few decades: football, basketball, track and field, boxing, tennis, baseball, soccer, water polo and swimming.

1947: Dr. Marya Welch becomes the first woman employee of the physical education department. She forms the Women's Athletic Association (WAA), which would serve as the governing body of women's sports on campus in the quarter-century preceding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

1948: University President Robert Sproul inaugurates All-Cal Weekend in Berkeley, featuring all four University of California football teams participating in a doubleheader. UC Davis faced UC Santa Barbara, while the host Golden Bears took on UCLA.

1953-54: The Far Western Conference undergoes its biggest post-war overhaul, as San Francisco State, Nevada and Sacramento State joins or rejoins the league with existing members UC Davis, Chico State and Humboldt State. This began the FWC's most stable period, as these six members remained in the conference through the 1960s.

1959-60: The Executive Committee passes an amendment dissolving a demarcation between "major sports" and "minor sports". The "major" sports, defined as baseball, basketball, football, boxing and track, were eligible for the Block CA Society benefits, most notably athletic insurance coverage. Student-athletes in the minor sports, which were tennis, wrestling, golf, skiing, swimming, soccer and water polo, were not eligible for Block CA Society membership and instead had a separate group called the Circle CA. One sport, rifle, was designated as "an activity, not a sport" and no longer considered part of the athletics program.

1965: Sacramento station KCRA Channel 3 announces it will broadcast UC Davis football games against Chico State (Oct. 23), Sacramento State (Nov. 6) and San Francisco State (Nov. 20), marking the first time an Aggie athletics event is aired on live television.

1966: UC Davis cross country, under the guidance of coaches Bill Adams and Bob Hamilton, captures the team title at the NCAA Pacific Regional. It is believed to be the university's first-ever team appearance in NCAA postseason competition in any sport.

1970-79

April 1970: Defensive ends Tom Williams and Jerry DeLoach and tight end Howard Gravelle are the first Aggie football players selected in the NFL draft. Williams is the very first, as he was selected by San Diego in the second round.

June 1970: Outfielder Gary Schlagenhauf is selected by the Kansas City Royals in the seventh round of baseball's amateur draft. He reported to the Royals' Pioneer League farm club in Billings, Montana, becoming the first Aggie baseball player to play professional baseball.

June 1970: Byron Spradlin and Ed Haver finish 1-2 in the steeplecase at the NCAA track and field championships, making Spradlin the second Aggie student-athlete to win an NCAA title in school history, and the first since Elton Tobiassen won his boxing championship in 1941.

Nov .1970: UC Davis football defeats Sacramento State, 28-0, in the season finale. With that win, the Aggies finish the year at 6-4, thus beginning a national-record streak of 36 (and counting) consecutive winning seasons.

Nov. 1971: Two weeks after its historic "Miracle Game" victory at Cal State Hayward, UC Davis football defeats Humboldt State on a last-second field goal. The Aggies clinch a Far Western Conference title with that kick, igniting a record run of 20 consecutive league championships.

1972: Junior zoology major Jane Davis earns a spot on the Aggie junior varsity soccer team, becoming the first woman in school and Far Western Conference history to compete for a men's program. With coed intramural soccer no longer offered, and no women's team available, the men's squad is her only opportunity to play her new-found sport.

1974: Ray Goldbar arrives from Sacramento's Encina High School to launch men's and women's gymnastics varsity programs. UC Davis had had club programs on and off since the 1940s, most recently under the watch of Bill LaQuard. Goldbar's launching of the two programs was to coincide with the opening of a new multi-purpose arena. Recreation Hall opened in 1977.

1977: Recreation Hall opens its doors, serving as the new home facility for men's and women's basketball and men's and women's gymnastics.

1979: The men's golf team, under the guidance of head coach Joe Carlson, wins the NCAA Championship at nearby El Macero Country Club. It is the first national team title by any Aggie athletics program.

1980-89

1980: UC Davis women's tennis and women's gymnastics each win Division III team titles at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Both teams would successfully defend those titles the following year before UC Davis moves its women's athletics programs under the auspices of the NCAA in 1981-82.

1981-82: The NCAA begins sponsorship of women's athletics championships, almost a full decade after the passage of Title IX. The women's Golden State Conference and the men's Far Western Conference, both of which UC Davis is a member, merge to form the Northern California Athletic Conference.

1982: UC Davis adds women's soccer after deciding to discontinue field hockey as an intercollegiate sport. The Aggies defeat Cal, 1-0, to win the California State Collegiate title in their final year of club play (May 1983).

1983: Righthander Steve Brown pitches in 12 games for the California Angels, becoming the first former UC Davis student-athlete to play major league baseball.

June 1983: Preston Neumayr is selected by the Kansas City Kings in the eighth round of the 1983 NBA Draft, thanks in part to a 32-point performance against Cal's Kevin Johnson. Through 2006, he remains the only Aggie to enter the NBA Draft.

Feb. 18, 1986: UC Davis lost to San Francisco, 14-8, its first home baseball game at the new unfinished stadium, located adjacent to Recreation Hall. The Aggie baseball team previously played in what is now the practice field west of Toomey Field. The baseball stadium, constructed thanks to thousands of volunteer hours, remained an ongoing project literally for the remainder of the 20th century. After the press box, concessions and restroom facility and grand entrance was completed, the venue was renamed the James M. & Ann Dobbins Baseball Complex.

1987: UC Davis men's gymnastics competes in its final year, approximately one year after athletics director Gale Mikles announces it would be discontinued.

1988: Jorja Hoehn (women's basketball), Marlene Piper (volleyball), John Nelson (men's tennis), Deanne Johnson (women's track) and Jesus Rico (men's soccer) begin their first years as head coaches at UC Davis. Hoehn replaces Pam Gill, who takes over as head women's tennis coach. Simon Davies would replace Rico, Lonnie Williams would replace Bob Hamilton and Nancy Slocum would take over for Keith Comfort the following year. Ray Goldbar replaces Pete Gibson as women's gymnastics coach after the men's program is discontinued. Johnson would leave UC Davis for Cal Poly, then return in 1992-93 after marrying Aggie men's track coach Jon Vochatzer.

The two-year period represents the largest influx of coaching personnel in program history, mostly due to Chancellor Theodore Hullar's decision that coaches shall concentrate on a single sport. Before then, Bob Biggs was the head men's tennis coach and an assitant football coach. Bob Foster was the head women's tennis coach and an assistant football coach. Jon Vochatzer served as head track coach and assistant football coach. Kathy DeYoung served as head coach for both volleyball and softball.

1990-99

May 1990: Juniors Alison Vidal and Reagan Sidal lead UC Davis women's tennis to the NCAA title at nearby Gold River Racquet Club in Rancho Cordova, Calif. It is the first NCAA women's title for UC Davis, and the first national team title of any kind at UC Davis since the tennis team won the AIAW Division III banner in 1981.

1992: After months of discussion and debate, Chancellor Hullar announces that UC Davis will move to NCAA Division I status on a non-scholarship basis, an option not available under NCAA regulations. The NCAA later rejects the possibility of D-I non-scholarship status and with UC Davis remains a Division II member.

May 1992: The Aggies win 15 of 19 sets in a 5-1 victory over Hampton (Va.) to claim their first-ever NCAA men's tennis championship. UC Davis almost completed a sweep of all three titles that year as Jeff McCann and Steve Summer captured the doubles championship and Mark Segesta finished as the national runner-up in singles.

March-May 1993: The campus's Phase III budget process announces that all state funds to athletics, save for those directly allocated to education purposes in the physical education department, will be eliminated. This amounts to approximately $1.2 million in funds, and department officials estimate a loss of as many as 10 sports plus staff layoffs.

May 6, 1993: Led by freshman Pam Enkoji, UC Davis women's tennis goes wire-to-wire as the country's No. 1-ranked team, capturing the NCAA championship in Industry, Calif. It is the second national title in four years for the Aggie women, and the fourth overall, including the AIAW championships in 1980 and 1981.

May 26, 1993: UC Davis undergraduates vote by a 66-34 margin in favor of the Student Services Maintenance Fee, a fee hike of $34 per quarter to fund numerous programs threatened by the Phase III budget cuts. More than a third of the fee is allocated to intercollegiate athletics, allowing the department to maintain all 20 of its sports. Designed as a stopgap for the Phase III cuts, the SSMF contains a "sunset clause", which means the SSMF would expire after three years.

1993-94: Wrestling and women's gymnastics compete in their first seasons as Division I members, under the NCAA's multidivisional format.

May 18, 1994: UC Davis undergraduates approve the Student Activities and Services Initiative, which augments the previous year's Student Services Maintenance Fee. The SASI accomplishes several functions for athletics: it extends the timeline of the SSMF by eliminating the previous measure's sunset clause, and increases the athletics budget to allow for the addition of three women's sports, yet to be determined.

June 1996: The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) awards its inaugural Division II Directors Cup to UC Davis. The most only all-sports award in collegiate athletics, the Directors Cup is bestowed upon the four-year institution with the most successful overall athletics program. The Aggies would win the $35,000 Waterford Crystal chalice again in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Fall 1996: Second-year athletics director Greg Warzecka announces the department's intent to award athletics grants-in-aid, beginning in the 1998-99 academic year. The grants had a maximum of $2,500, far less than what is offered by other Division II programs and well below the annual costs incurred by UC Davis students.

Spring 1997: Women's rowing, women's water polo and women's lacrosse each begin their first seasons as varsity programs under the auspices of intercollegiate athletics. The addition of the three sports is the result of the 1994 Student Activities and Services Inititative.

May 17, 1997: The athletics marketing and promotions office hosts the first Aggie Auction fundraiser, designed to raise funds for the upcoming athletics grant-in-aid program. The inaugural event, held at the Sacramento Convention Center, is deemed a "rousing success" although its $115,000 gross is a mere fraction of revenue the Auction would generate years later.

Nov. 1997: Women's basketball player Kelly Ditto and gymnast Anna Greene sign the first national letters of intent (NLI) in UC Davis athletics history. UC Davis began taking part in the NLI program when it announced it would offer athletic grants-in-aid starting in the fall of 1998.

Mar. 21, 1998: UC Davis men's basketball defeats Kentucky Wesleyan, 83-77, to capture the NCAA championships at the Commonwealth Convention Center in Louisville, Ky. The game is aired live on CBS, marking the first nationally televised Aggie athletics contests since the football program's annual playoff runs in the early 1980s.

Apr. 21, 1998: Former Aggie swimmer Rand Schaal and his father, Ted Schaal, make a donation of $1.4 million to the university, $1 million of which is earmarked for the construction of a new aquatics facility on campus. It is the largest contribution in the history of the athletics department, and plants the seed for a major facilitiies initiative one year later.

1998-99: The majority of UC Davis intercollegiate athletics teams begin play in an enlarged California Collegiate Athletic Association. As two members of the Northern California Athletic Conference moved to NCAA Division III status, five of the six remaining NCAC member institutions joined the CCAA, already a strong Division II conference.

Feb. 1999: The athletics department celebrates its 50th anniversary of women's athletics, hosting two receptions that reunite past woman athletes, coaches and dignitaries. Among the festivities: an art exhibit celebrating the history of women in sport; and a reenactment of the first collegiate women's basketball contest at Smith College, compete with the original rules and replicas of the original "blooomer" uniforms worn in that game.

Feb. 24, 1999: UC Davis undergraduates pass the Facilities and Campus Enhancement (FACE) Initiative, which provides $65 million to, among other projects, fund three major facilities relevant to athletics: the multi-use stadium, the Activities & Recreation Center and the Schaal Aquatics Center.

Apr. 1999: UC Davis women's gymnastics captures the team title at the USAG Collegiate Championships in New Haven, Conn. This national meet, sponsored and governed by USA Gymnastics, features programs offering a limited amount of athletics aid.

May 1999: The campus unveils a family of athletics marks and logos. The release of the artwork is the result of a year-long process during which faculty, staff, students and alumni advised the consulting firm of SME Design, Inc.

Fall 1999: The magazine Sports Illustrated For Women selects UC Davis as the No. 1 university in the nation for women athletes. SI For Women repeats the honor in 2000, then its parent publication, Sports Illustrated, names UC Davis as its top Division II school for 2001-02.

Oct. 1999: Middle distance runner Jamila Demby becomes the first Aggie to win the NCAA Woman of the Year award. She is actually the second UC Davis student to earn state finalist recognition for the award, as soccer star Kim Haskell had attained that status in 1997.

Demby's honor begins an oustanding run of Aggie success for the award, as her teammate Kameelah Elarms advances to the top 10 for the award in 2001, teammate Tanisha Silas wins the honor in 2002, softball player Susan Churchwell reaches the top 10 in 2003, then lacrosse player Kelly Albin wins the school's third WOTY award in 2004.

2000-Present

May 2001: Sophomore water polo player Tiffany Hodgens is selected to U.S. Water Polo's Division I All-America third team, making her the first Aggie in any sport to earn D-I All-America status. Oddly, she is also named to the D-II All-America squad by the same organization in the same year.

June 1, 2002: After four appearances as an at-large participant at the Division I championships, the Aggie women's rowing team won the inaugural NCAA Division II team title at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis. It is the first NCAA team title for UC Davis in any sport since men's basketball's championship in 1998.

Nov. 12-14, 2002: The UC Davis student population passes the fifth athletics-related initiative in 11 years, this time in the form of the Campus Expansion Initiative (CEI). The measure allocated monies to athletics that would fund a move from Division II to Division I (assuming the campus announces such an intent). Soon after, the campus declared 2002-03 as its exploratory year for the possibility of moving from D-II to D-I membership.

Nov. 23, 2002: The Aggie women's cross country team places 10th at the NCAA D-II Championships. It is the last-ever appearance at the national meet for UC Davis, which begins its transition to D-I the following year. The Aggies advanced to the meet every year since the NCAA began sponsoring women's athletics, finishing among the top 10 in all but one of those seasons.

Mar. 11, 2003: Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef announces that UC Davis would join the Big West Conference and begin a four-year reclassification process from NCAA Division II to Division I status. The announcement came after substantial discussion and debate on the UC Davis campus, and almost five months after the student body passed the Campus Expansion Initiative.

May 18, 2003: Ending a stretch of 11 straight NCAA postseason appearances, UC Davis softball defeats Georgia College and State, 7-0, to win its first-ever NCAA Division II title. The Aggies had made the national tournament on four previous occasions, finishing third each time.

June 1, 2003: One year to the day after winning the inaugural Division II championship for its sport, UC Davis women's rowing repeats as national champions by scoring the maximum 20 points. It is the last NCAA D-II postseason competition of any kind for UC Davis, as the university would begin its transition process the following year.

Jan. 10, 2004: The men's and women's swimming team host the Aggie Open, the first competition held at the new Ted & Rand Schaal Aquatics Center. The new facility, featuring an Olympic-sized pool, multiple diving springboards, locker rooms and office space, replaces the 65-year-old Hickey Pool as the aquatics teams' home facility.

Dec. 2004: Lacrosse midfielder Kelly Albin, who had recently earned the school's third NCAA Woman of the Year award, becomes the first Aggie student-athlete to be selected for the NCAA's Today's Top VIII Award. Like the WOTY, the Today's Top VIII Award honors achievement in athletics, academics, character and leadership.

Feb. 25, 2005: Junior swimmer Yuka Kobayashi wins the 100-yard backstroke at the Big West Conference Championships, becoming the school's first champion in any sport in the new conference. Though UC Davis as a whole is not a member of the Big West until 2007-08, the men's and women's swim teams are permitted to compete for conference titles according to a vote of the league's coaches. BEGINNING OF RECLASSIFICATION TO NCAA DIV. I

MARCH 11, 2003: Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef announced that UC Davis will join the Big West Conference and thus reclassify from NCAA Division II to Division I status. This concluded almost a full year's worth of discussion by campus administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and the local community.

JUNE 1, 2003: The Aggie women's rowing team captured its second straight NCAA title. It was the last NCAA Division II postseason competition of any kind for UC Davis. The D-II titles by the rowing and softball teams that year helped clinch the university's sixth NACDA Division II Directors' Cup, which honors the nation's most outstanding overall athletics program.

JULY 18, 2003: The athletics department celebrated the groundbreaking of the Marya Welch Tennis Center, an expansion of the previous Hickey Courts.

JANUARY 10, 2004: The men's and women's swimming teams hosted the Aggie Open, the first competition held at the Ted & Rand Schaal Aquatics Center. The new facility, featuring an Olympic-sized pool, multiple diving springboards, locker rooms and office space, replaced the 65-year-old Hickey Pool as the aquatics teams' home facility.

FEBRUARY 25, 2004: The formation of the Great West Football Conference was announced. The original lineup of the football-only alliance is comprised of UC Davis, Cal Poly, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and Southern Utah.

APRIL 2004: The NCAA Division I Board of Directors passed the Big West Conference-sponsored Proposal No. 2003-13, which shortened the waiting period for a reclassifying institution to earn an automatic qualification for NCAA Championships. Under previous rules, UC Davis would have had to wait until 2009-10 in most of its sports, and 2015-16 in men's basketball.

FALL 2004: The Aggies began playing a predominantly Division I schedule, after largely competing against their D-II foes during the 2003-04 year.

FALL 2004: Wide receiver Tony Kays finished his junior year with a school-record 93 catches. Both his total and his rate of 8.45 receptions per game would have led all I-AA players, but UC Davis student-athletes are not eligible to rank among NCAA statistical categories.

DECEMBER 2004: Women's lacrosse midfielder Kelly Albin became the first Aggie student-athlete to earn an NCAA Today's Top VIII Award. She previously won the school's third NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Both accolades recognized combined achievement in athletics, academics, character and leadership.

FEBRUARY 25, 2005: Yuka Kobayashi captured the 100-yard backstroke title at the Big West Conference Championships, becoming the first Aggie student-athlete in any sport to win a conference championship in the new affiliation. Although UC Davis would not become an official member of the Big West until 2007-08, the league's coaches invited the Aggie swimming and diving teams to participate at the conference meet during the reclassification period.

APRIL 14, 2005: The new Marya Welch Tennis Center was formally dedicated to its namesake, who pioneered women's athletics at UC Davis in the 1940s. The ceremony featured an exhibition match between John McEnroe and Wayne Ferreira.

SPRING 2005: Sophomore midfielder Katie McMahon lead the lacrosse team with 69 goals in 18 games. Her rate of 3.83 goals per game outpaced all Division I players.

JUNE 4, 2005: The UC Davis athletics department celebrated the groundbreaking of the university's new multi-use stadium.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2005: The Aggie women's golf team placed eighth at the Oregon State Invitational, the inaugural event for the athletics program's newest sport. Under the guidance of former softball coach Kathy DeYoung, the all-freshman squad won three tournaments in its debut season, including a dominating victory at the D-I Independent Championships.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2005: The UC Davis football team overcame a 17-0 deficit to earn a 20-17 upset over Stanford. The victory was the second of five Aggie triumphs over the Cardinal during that athletics year, as men's soccer, men's basketball, wrestling and baseball also captured wins. The unlikely rivalry was dubbed "Farm vs. Farm", nods to both UC Davis' agricultural roots and Stanford's long-time nickname.

DECEMBER 2005: UC Davis launched its six-month-long NCAA Division I certification self-study, which investigated and evaluated such wide and varied issues as governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, equity and student-athlete welfare. The steering committee for this task was chaired by Stan Nosek, vice chancellor for administration; and included the chancellor, university staff, faculty, students and alumni. The 176-page report of this committee was submitted to the NCAA the following May.

MARCH 2006:Women's basketball finished its season at 11-5 against the Big West Conference, a mark that would have placed the team in a tie atop the regular season standings had the Aggies been official members.

APRIL 13, 2006: The bat of Lukas Kirby and the pitching arm of Michael Potter lifted the Aggie baseball team to a 2-1 win over No. 1 Cal State Fullerton, marking the first time UC Davis had beaten a top-ranked Division I team in any sport. Earlier in the season, the Aggies had nipped Oregon State, which would go on to capture the first of two back-to-back NCAA titles.

MAY 12-14, 2006: UC Davis hosted the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championships at Schaal Aquatics Center. It was the first time the university has hosted an NCAA championship (excluding regionals and "play-in" events) since 1995, and the first on-campus NCAA championship since the 1981 D-II wrestling tournament. The Aggies, which had upset Loyola Marymount in the Western Water Polo Association title game, earned their first berth in the NCAA tournament, where they placed fifth.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2006: Sule Anibaba's goal lifted Aggie men's soccer to a 1-0 win over 12th-ranked UC Santa Barbara. The Gauchos went on to capture the Big West Conference title, then won their first NCAA championship with a 2-1 win over UCLA in the College Cup final.

SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2006: A peer-review team conducted its evaluation visit of the UC Davis campus. In addition to inspecting campus facilities and amenities, this group met with Chancellor Vanderhoef, the NCAA Certification Self-Study Steering Committee, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, head coaches, student-athletes, and other key campus officials. The review team would get back to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification, which would then make a determination of UC Davis' certification status.

NOVEMBER 12, 2006: UC Davis faced Georgia Southern in the College Basketball Experience (CBE) at Duke's legendary Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game was televised on ESPNU, marking the first time an Aggie athletics event was carried on a national network since CBS aired the 1998 NCAA Division II title game.

MARCH 17, 2007: Derek Moore won the 141-pound title at the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He was the first UC Davis student-athlete to capture a D-I national title, as wrestling had entered such status under the NCAA's multidivisional classification allowance.

APRIL 1, 2007: UC Davis women's lacrosse defeated Saint Mary's, 17-5, in the first official athletics contest at the university's new multi-use stadium. The Aggies would host the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships at the new venue a month later.

MAY 8, 2007: Senior golfer Louie Bishop was selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America as a finalist for the Byron Nelson Award. Candidates for the Nelson are graduating seniors with demonstrated achievement in academics, golf, character and integrity.

SPRING 2007: Aggie softball finished its season at 31-27-1, a 16-win improvement over the program's previous year. No other UC Davis team enjoyed such a large two-year improvement during the reclassification.

JULY 1, 2007: The Big West Conference declared UC Davis as an official member. The Aggies had competed against the Big West members during the three previous seasons, including a full schedule in the round-robin sports during the 2005-06 an 2006-07 years.

JULY 2007: The multi-use facility now known as Aggie Stadium reached completion, culminating a two-year construction phase. Women's lacrosse had used the stadium for the latter half of its 2007 season, and football played its annual May spring game on the Sportexe turf. However, many parts of the facility were still undergoing construction at the time.

JULY 2007: The NCAA declares UC Davis as a certified member of Division I.

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Baseball After two baseball loses UCD looks to rebound at Raley Field Davis Enterprise, May 13, 2014
Women's Golf Hole-in-one highlights UCD's Day 1 performance Davis Enterprise, May 9, 2014
Softball Cruse pitches Aggies to a softball win Davis Enterprise, May 8, 2014
General Sports briefs: Jahn gets another goal in Republic FC win Davis Enterprise, May 6, 2014
Men's Golf UCD men get at-large bid Davis Enterprise, May 6, 2014
General Sports briefs: Aggies post a blowout baseball win Davis Enterprise, May 4, 2014
General Sports briefs: Aggies accumulate awards, athletes Davis Enterprise, May 2, 2014
General If the glass shoe fits (Surprise FCS teams for 2014) The Sports Network, April 29, 2014
Women's Golf UC Davis wins 5th straight Big West title GolfWeek, April 25, 2014
Baseball Young reinvents his game to help Aggies improve on the diamond Davis Enterprise, April 24, 2014
Lacrosse Landry evolves into UCD women's lacrosse leader Davis Enterprise, April 17, 2014
General Brain injuries ignite discussion of head trauma protocol The California Aggie, February 6, 2014
Men's Golf Aggies win tournament title and Hansen takes first at El Macero Davis Enterprise, April 22, 2014
Men's Golf Regional digest: Hansen, UCD take titles at El Macero Sacramento Bee, April 20, 2014
Men's Golf New short-range facility to aid Aggie, El Macero golfers Davis Enterprise, April 20, 2014
Men's Golf Aggie men shoot 9-under, lead own tourney Davis Enterprise, April 20, 2014
Football Petersen in process of starting over ESPN.com, April 16, 2014
Softball UC Davis softball dominates Mustangs once again The Aggie, April 14, 2014
Baseball Razo rolls through Sunken Diamond San Mateo Daily Journal, April 12, 2014
Football Gould likes early workouts with UCD newcomers fitting in Davis Enterprise, April 8, 2014
Gymnastics UCD takes fifth at NCAA gymnastic regional Davis Enterprise, April 6, 2014
Golf Aggies' golf teams finish strong in weekend tournaments The California Aggie, April 3, 2014
Tennis UC Davis tennis plays well in weekend tournaments The California Aggie, April 3, 2014
Baseball Mustangs trample all over Aggies The California Aggie, April 3, 2014
Baseball 49ers strike gold as they sweep Aggies in weekend series The California Aggie, April 3, 2014
Football Quarterback battle to highlight UC Davis spring football Davis Enterprise, March 31, 2014
General Sports briefs: Aggies see early lead evaporate at Cal Poly Davis Enterprise, March 30, 2014
Football UC Davis football season tickets go on sale Tuesday Davis Enterprise, March 30, 2014
Football 'Trust the process' enters second football season Davis Enterprise, March 30, 2014
Football Three new Aggie coaches take the field for spring football Davis Enterprise, March 30, 2014
Women's Lacrosse Gauchos edge Aggies in the pool Davis Enterprise, March 30, 2014
Women's Lacrosse Landry lifts Aggie Lacrosse in the Motor City Davis Enterprise, March 28, 2014
Women's Golf Chen shines as UCD women take third at Golf event Davis Enterprise, March 27, 2014
Women's Tennis 'Home' match in Stockton goes Aggies' way Davis Enterprise, March 27, 2014
Baseball Patterson powers Aggies past Nevada Davis Enterprise, March 26, 2014
Gymnastics UCD off to Arkansas for gymnastics regional Davis Enterprise, March 25, 2014
Gymnastics UCD's DeFrancesco steals the show at MPSF Championships Davis Enterprise, March 23, 2014
Women's Swimming & Diving Alvarez, Cheung fare well at NCAA swim championships Davis Enterprise, March 23, 2014
Gymnastics UCD gymnasts host conference meet, then off to NCAAs Davis Enterprise, March 21, 2014
Women's Swimming & Diving Veteran and 'newbie' Aggie swimmers ready for NCAAs Davis Enterprise, March 20, 2014
Field Hockey UC Davis field hockey will gain footing with new stadium Davis Enterprise, March 18, 2014
Men's Soccer Huge upset for UC Davis is a win for soccer in the area Davis Enterprise, March 18, 2014
Baseball UCD roundup: Batty's walk-off wins a series for the Aggies Davis Enterprise, March 18, 2014
Men's Soccer Sacramento Republic a hit despite 1-0 loss to UC Davis Sacramento Bee, March 17, 2014
Women's Basketball Aggie women still hurting from tournament loss Davis Enterprise, March 16, 2014
Men's Basketball Les looks back at UCD men's long season Davis Enterprise, March 16, 2014
Baseball UCD roundup: Aggies sweep a Saturday doubleheader Davis Enterprise, March 16, 2014
Lacrosse UCD roundup: Aggies stay undefeated with lacrosse victory Davis Enterprise, March 13, 2014
Baseball UCD roundup: Patterson powers Aggies baseballers Davis Enterprise, March 12, 2014
Women's Basketball Aggies won't take lowly UCSB lightly in tourney opener Davis Enterprise, March 11, 2014
Women's Basketball Aggies women enter Big West basketball tourney with added incentive The Sacramento Bee, March 10, 2014
Lacrosse UCD roundup: Aggie women stick it to Cal Davis Enterprise, March 9, 2014
Baseball UCD baseball wins three games Davis Enterprise, March 9, 2014
Women's Basketball Aggie women lose game and bye in home finale Davis Enterprise, March 9, 2014
Women's Basketball Cardinet bridges storied Davis basketball past with current success Davis Enterprise, March 7, 2014
Men's Basketball Loss means Aggie men are out Davis Enterprise, March 7, 2014
Women's Basketball Aggies strong at home as Riverside falls, 78-52 Davis Enterprise, March 7, 2014
Women's Soccer Newest Aggie Kaufman looks ahead to UCD women's soccer future Davis Enterprise, March 7, 2014
Men's Basketball It's win or no postseason for Aggie men Thursday Davis Enterprise, March 6, 2014
General Aggie mic men voice their love of UCD basketball Davis Enterprise, March 6, 2014
Men's Basketball Inside the Game with Georgi Funtarov The California Aggie, February 27, 2014
Men's Basketball Injured UC Davis basketball duo gain new perspective Sacramento Bee, February 26, 2014
Swimming & Diving Cheung, Alvarez come up big as Aggies swim to MPSF title Davis Enterprise, February 25, 2014
General UCD roundup: Lynch leads Aggies with his hot hitting Sacramento Bee, February 23, 2014
Women's Basketball With an angel on their shoulders, Aggie women beat Hawaii Davis Enterprise, February 23, 2014
Men's Soccer Aggies set for friendly against Sacramento Republic FC Sacramento Bee, February 23, 2014
General UCD trainer Radzinski checks in from Sochi Sacramento Bee, February 22, 2014
Baseball UCD roundup: Lynch leads Aggies with his hot hitting Sacramento Bee, February 22, 2014
Lacrosse Aggies eager to start lacrosse season Davis Enterprise, February 20, 2014
Women's Basketball Former soldier finds fortune with Aggies Sacramento Bee, February 18, 2014
General UC Davis trainer looks forward to second Olympics Sacramento Bee, February 14, 2014
Field Hockey San Pasqual coach takes job at UC Davis U-T San Diego, February 11, 2014
Men's Basketball Aggie men stand tall, but drop nailbiter to UCI Davis Enterprise, February 9, 2014
General Sports briefs: UCD softballers start with a win over Arkansas Davis Enterprise, February 9, 2014
Men's Basketball Oh boy, Georgi: Funtarov's shot wins it for Aggies Davis Enterprise, February 7, 2014
Women's Basketball UCD women hit clutch free throws in win Davis Enterprise, February 7, 2014
General Sports briefs: Local product paces UCD golfers in Round 1 Davis Enterprise, February 7, 2014
Softball Aggie softball season starts with five games in Las Vegas Davis Enterprise, February 7, 2014
Football New UCD recruits helps where Ags need it most Davis Enterprise, February 7, 2014
Men/Women's Soccer UCD soccer squads get a raft-load of new talent Davis Enterprise, February 6, 2014
Women's Basketball Four Aggies in double figures lift UC Davis past UC Santa Barbara, 82-70 The California Aggie, February 6, 2014
Football Aggies get 2 QB commitments and lots of speed at WR, secondary Davis Enterprise, February 6, 2014
Men's Basketball UC Davis tops CS Northridge 90-86 on late 3 in OT Sacramento Bee, February 6, 2014
Men's Basketball Are the patchwork Aggie men starting to gel? Davis Enterprise, February 5, 2014
Women's Basketball Local college basketball notes: UC Davis' Doherty coming up Sacramento Bee, February 5, 2014
Men's Waterpolo Two locals among Aggie academic stars Davis Enterprise, February 5, 2014
General Sports briefs: UCD gymnasts keep winning awards Davis Enterprise, February 5, 2014
Men's Golf Fore! UCD men begin golf season in paradise Davis Enterprise, February 5, 2014
General UCD roundup: Aggie women take down the Tritons in tennis Davis Enterprise, February 4, 2014
Women's Basketball Harris provides solid leadership to Aggie women down stretch Davis Enterprise, February 4, 2014
Women's Basketball Fipps hits 1,000-point milestone at UC Davis Sierra Star, February 4, 2014
Women's Basketball UCD women erase an early deficit The Davis Enterprise, February 2, 2014
Women's Basketball Aggies' Doherty emerges as a power in the paint The Davis Enterprise, February 2, 2014
General UCD roundup: Aggie men drop a tennis match by a slim margin The Davis Enterprise, February 2, 2014
Women's Basketball Defense dented as Cal Poly holds off UCD women The Davis Enterprise, January 31, 2014
Men's Basketball Clutch Aggie men clip Cal Poly The Davis Enterprise, January 31, 2014
General Sports briefs: UCD hires a new field hockey coach The Davis Enterprise, January 31, 2014
Men's Basketball Hawkins, UC Davis outlast Cal Poly 62-58 The Sacramento Bee, January 30, 2014
General UCD athletes using their heads The Davis Enterprise, January 29, 2014
Women's Basketball First-place Cal Poly in town as Fipps 18 short of 1,000 The Davis Enterprise, January 29, 2014
General UCD roundup: MPSF weekly awards are all Aggies The Davis Enterprise, January 29, 2014
General Sports briefs: pool squad stays perfect The Davis Enterprise, January 28, 2014
General Roundup: Aggies get a women's water polo win The Davis Enterprise, January 26, 2014
General Sports briefs: Cheung captures MPSF weekly award The Davis Enterprise, January 24, 2014
Women's Water Polo Water polo hopes to reload, not rebuild The Sacramento Bee, January 19, 2014
Basketball Local College Hoops: Hawkins sparks UC Davis to victory The Sacramento Bee, January 18, 2014
Women's Basketball UC Davis coaches, teammates marvel at Beyer's comeback from injury The Sacramento Bee, January 15, 2014
Gymnastics Gymnasts handle business in home opener The Davis Enterprise, January 14, 2014
Women's Swimming and Diving Diver DeNeffe paces Aggies on the platform The Davis Enterprise, January 14, 2014
Women's Swimming and Diving UC Davis makes a splash in return to the pool The Davis Enterprise, January 12, 2014
Women's Basketball UC Davis star Sydnee Fipss' love for basketball started with plenty of hard knocks The Sacramento Bee, January 10, 2014
Women's Basketball Fans of Aggie women might be difference in Big West The Davis Enterprise, January 10, 2014
Men's Basketball Men's basketball starts the new year off strong The Sacramento Bee, January 9, 2014
Gymnastics UC Davis gymnasts open strong at NorCal Event The California Aggie, January 9, 2014
Women's Soccer Aggies nab a new women's soccer coach The Davis Enterprise, January 9, 2014
Gymnastics Sports briefs: Aggies take fourth at season-opening gymnastics meet The Davis Enterprise, January 7, 2014
Women's Lacrosse UC Davis-Stanford Lacrosse Upset Wins 'Best of 2013' Lacrosse Magazine, December 26, 2013
Men's Basketball Life is good for Aggie swingman Georgi Funtarov Davis Enterprise December 18, 2013
Men's Basketball Local college basketball notes: Les wants more defense out of UC Davis The Sacramento Bee December 5, 2013
General UC Davis roundup: Aggie women get past Akron on Saturday The Davis Enterprise, December 1, 2013
Football Trust elevated Aggies from lousy 0-4 football beginnings The Davis Enterprise, December 1, 2013
Men's Basketball Fire alarm can't stop Elyria from downing Midview in season opener The Chronicle-Telegram November 30, 2013
Men's Basketball Walton leads Pioneers past Middies The Morning Journal November 29, 2013
Women's Basketball USF women beat UC Davis on late 3-pointer The Sacramento Bee, November 29, 2013
Football Aggies come home to talk about their sports books The Davis Enterprise, November 29, 2013
Basketball Aggie men home Saturday; women get two on the road The Davis Enterprise, November 29, 2013
Men's Basketball UC Davis men give too many free points in loss to Sac State The Davis Enterprise, November 27, 2013
Women's Soccer Aggie women rout formerly high-scoring San Jose State, 95-61 The Davis Enterprise, November 27, 2013
Women's Soccer Robinson to leave UC Davis sidelines The Davis Enterprise, November 27, 2013
Football 13 Aggies earn all- Big Sky nods; Manzanares is Newcomer of year The Davis Enterprise, November 27, 2013
Men's Water Polo Stingy Tritons edge UC Davis for WWPA Tournament The Davis Enterprise, November 26, 2013
Football Game balls aplenty in UC Davis domination of Causeway Classic The Davis Enterprise, November 26, 2013
Basketball Basketball doubleheader welcomes Aggies home The Davis Enterprise, November 26, 2013
General Sports briefs: Women's soccer squad gets academic award The Davis Enterprise, November 26, 2013
Football Causeway Classic a one-way win for UC Davis, 34-7 The Sacramento Bee November 24, 2013
Football Ailene Voisin: Aggies' Gould gets off to roaring start in rivalry The Sacramento Bee November 24, 2013
Football Senior leader King goes out with his fourth win over Sac State The Davis Enterprise November 24, 2013
Men's Basketball UC Davis wins first two at PSU hoops tourney The Davis Enterprise November 24, 2013
Men's Water Polo Aggie men now one game from WWPA glory The Davis Enterprise November 24, 2013
Football UC Davis rushes past Sacramento State 34-7 The Sacramento Bee November 23, 2013
Football The talk is over: Strap `em on for the 60th Causeway Classic The Davis Enterprise November 22, 2013
Swimming and Diving UC Davis has a good first day at Mizzou The Davis Enterprise November 22, 2013
Football A four-year starter, Aggie QB Wright will be remembered The Davis Enterprise November 22, 2013
Women's Basketball UC Davis women get Santa Rosa's Bertsch, four other hoops recruits The Davis Enterprise November 20, 2013
Men's Water Polo Decorated Aggie squad eyes long-awaited WWPA crown The Davis Enterprise November 20, 2013
Football UC Davis football coach Ron Gould is no stranger to rivalry games The Sacramento Bee November 19, 2013
Football Manzanares leads UC Davis to victory The Sacramento Bee November 18, 2013
Football Turay embraces new role as running back escort The Davis Enterprise November 17, 2013
Football Aggie special teams play a big part in win over North Dakota The Davis Enterprise November 17, 2013
Men's Basketball Utah runs are too much for UC Davis men The Davis Enterprise November 17, 2013
General Sports briefs: Aggie soccer seasons ends in semifinals The Davis Enterprise November 17, 2013
Men's Basketball Ohio star signs with Aggie men; Hawkins status still unclear The Davis Enterprise November 14, 2013
Men's Soccer Suddenly prolific Aggies head to UCI for men's soccer semis The Davis Enterprise November 14, 2013
Football No mascot UND might find identity in freshman QB The Davis Enterprise November 14, 2013
Football UC Davis to play host to North Dakota The Sacramento Bee November 13, 2013
Men's Basketball UC Davis, Sac State men's basketball each signs a player The Sacramento Bee November 13, 2013
Men's Soccer Aggies score three times, cruise into Big West soccer semifinals The Davis Enterprise November 13, 2013
General Sports Briefs: UC Davis men show pool power The Davis Enterprise November 12, 2013
Women's Basketball Aggie women drop a nonleague game at Pacific The Davis Enterprise November 12, 2013
Men's Basketball Aggies beat Holy Names but two guards take a seat The Davis Enterprise November 12, 2013
Swimming and Diving UC Davis edges Nevada in swimming RGJ.com November 10, 2013
Men's Soccer UC Davis tops Sac State in men's soccer The Sacramento Bee November 10, 2013
Men's Basketball Quest For Big West Men's Basketball Title Begins This Weekend Big West Conference November 6, 2013
Women's Basketball Game at No. 1 UConn highlights UC Davis women's basketball schedule Sacramento Bee November 5, 2013
Men's Basketball UC Davis seeks breakthrough in men's basketball Sacramento Bee November 5, 2013
Football Turnovers and big plays missing, but Aggies still coming on Davis Enterprise November 1, 2013
Women's Basketball Sneak peek at Aggie women's basketball team due Friday Davis Enterprise October 31, 2013
Football Cal Poly comes to town banged up, but still fearsome on defense Davis Enterprise October 31, 2013
Football Linebackers key the Aggie turnaround Davis Enterprise October 31, 2013
Football Wright, Aggies get there the old-fashioned way; they earn it Davis Enterprise October 29, 2013
Football Aggies find positives in close loss at No. 5 Montana State Davis Enterprise October 27, 2013