The NCAA board of directors today approved legislation that will substantially reduce the period of time during which underclassmen can withdraw their names from the NBA draft. Players will have only until May 8 — currently the deadline is June 15 — to change their minds and return to college.
The change won’t go into effect until at least the 2010-11 season.
Here’s the complete story, courtesy of the Associated Press.
Now that spring practice is over and the NFL Draft is behind us, it’s a good time to catch our breath and take a look back at what happened this spring. Starting Monday, I will be doing a position-by-position review of spring practice — what happened, what did we learn, and where do we stand. We’ll begin with everybody’s favorite subject — the quarterbacks. Stay tuned.
Cal senior-to-be Jamal Boykin will host an art show to display 44 drawings he has done of President Barack Obama on Saturday, May 9, at the Alphonse Berber Gallery at 2546 Bancroft Ave., in Berkekey. The showing will run from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
(Note: We originally were given the wrong address for the gallery. The address above is correct).
The Barack Obama Collection also includes photography work done by Nican Robinson, who played on the Cal team the past two seasons.
At 7 p.m. on May 9, Boykin will talk about his drawings, and teammate Patrick Christopher will deliver a poetry reading.
Donations will be encouraged to raise money for art supplies for students at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley. Refreshments will be served.
Washington State announced the signing of guard Reggie Moore, the club’s first personnel addition since the arrival of new coach Ken Bone.
Meanwhile, Arizona said goodbye to sophomore guard Zane Johnson, who will transfer to another school.
Sports Illustrated ranks Cal at No. 20 in this post-spring top 25.
Memorial Stadium will look a little different this season as the university plans on making some minor changes to make the facility more earthquake-friendly. These are temporary changes that are unrelated to the major stadium renovation that will take place after the SAHPC is complete.
Former Cal linebacker Worrell Williams will attend the 49ers’ mini-camp this weekend but has yet to sign a contract. His agent, Tony Fleming, said Williams still has some other options but wants to go to the 49ers camp to see how it goes.
Several sources are reporting that Renardo Sydney, the plum of USC’s recruiting class, is having second thoughts and may head elsewhere. Here is the Los Angeles Times’ story on the situation. Rivals.com had this report. The 6-foot-10 forward from Los Angeles is rated as the nation’s No. 10 prospect, according to Rivals.
The pre-season hype for 2009-10 has begun: ESPN.com’s Andy Katz has pegged the Bears as the No. 8 team in the country. Check out his full top-25.
Here’s a pretty good offseason story on Jahvid Best. Nothing really groundbreaking, but always good to see the national perspective.