Several Pac-12 coaches admitted they’d prefer to see their league go to eight-game conference schedules (down from nine) but the reality is, the league’s media contract won’t allow for that. In the face of that, with the upcoming College Football Playoff on the horizon, should all the conferences have the same scheduling standards?
Ousted UCLA basketball coach Ben Howland, who was fired two days after the Bruins were eliminated from this year’s NCAA tournament, held a press conference Monday afternoon.
Andrew Smith had a double-double with a career-high 16 rebounds and 14 points, and Butler made 18 of 20 free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
Saint Mary’s (27-6) isn’t complaining about traveling for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. They’re just glad to get away from rival Gonzaga, which was No. 1 in the final AP college basketball poll on Monday and got the top seed in the West Regional. Saint Mary’s lost to the Zags three times during the season, including the conference tournament.
UNLV has grabbed a No. 5 seed in the East region of the NCAA tournament, and will take on California, a No. 12 seed, in the second round on Thursday in San Jose.
Jahii Carson scored five of his 34 points in overtime, Carrick Felix had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Arizona State held off Stanford 89-88 in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday.
Starting Wednesday, the Pac-12 tournament will be played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, a venue mostly used for boxing events.
Their “Battle of the Bay” charity bocce tournament is three months away, but John Madden and former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci are already trading barbs.
The Cal Bears had to sweat out Selection Sunday, after failing to win the PAC-12’s automatic bid.
A gay softball organization has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to three players who were disqualified from its 2008 Gay Softball World Series in the Seattle area because of their perceived heterosexuality.