Aug. 19, 2012
By Mark Billingsley
Sacramento Bee Correspondent
(Published by Sacramento Bee, Aug. 19, 2012)
Bob Biggs admits it. The emotion gets to him every now and then, and the longtime UC Davis football coach tends to get a little choked up.
But that's all right. It's always been his ability to be completely open with his players and coaches that has made him a successful coach and mentor of young men.
So it was only natural that Biggs became emotional when he announced late last November that he would retire following the 2012 season. It will be his 20th season as head coach, 35th in the program, including his years as an assistant under Jim Sochor and Bob Foster.
The tally rises to 38 when you include his years as a quarterback at UC Davis, where he was named a first-team Little All-American by the Associated Press and later earned induction into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame.
He was the Aggies' first 2,000-yard passer, and he once threw 59 passes in a playoff game, something unheard of during that era.
So please allow the coach an emotional, nostalgic trip every once in a while.
He's earned it.
"I think coach Biggs' demeanor is the same," senior defensive end Bobby Erskine said. "But he is getting a little more emotional. Occasionally, he'll get choked up, especially when he says something like 'Aggies Pride.' "
The seniors, Erskine said, are proud they are going out with Biggs. It provides extra motivation to better last season's 4-7 record.
"We want to send him out on a winning note," Erskine said.