Bears finish 11th in Directors Cup standings

Cal wound up 11th in the final Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, which rank the nation’s top overall athletic departments based on the performance of 20 men’s and women’s teams.

The Bears were fourth in 2010-11 and ninth in 2009-10.

Stanford won the Cup for the 18th consecutive seasons. UCLA was third and USC seventh.

Other Pac-12 teams: 19. Arizona; 24. Oregon; 30. Arizona State; 31. Washington; 57. Colorado; 66. Oregon State; 74. Utah; 106. Washington State.


Football: Tosh Lupoi’s 3-year deal at Washington worth an average of $416,000 per season

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times has tweeted salary figures he obtained on Tosh Lupoi and Eric Kiesau, hired by Washington this week from Cal.

Lupoi, the defensive line coach and star recruiter, got a three-year guaranteed deal worth $350,000 per year, plus a $100,000 bonus and another $100,000 if he stays all three years. That works out to an average of $416,000 per — less than what has been widely reported all week.

Kiesau, hired as offensive coordinator, also has a three-year deal, paying him $375,000 in 2012, $400,000 in 2013 and $425,000 in 2014.

Condotta said these figures come from memos of understanding — preliminary contracts — but not the final, official contracts. Those could have additional incentives or benefits.

Here’s a link to the UW website with all the figures.


Basketball: UW nearly overtakes No. 7 Duke

The Pac-12 is now 0-10 this season against Top-25 teams . . .

   — Duke 86, Washington 80: The Huskies (4-4) rallied from 19 points down in the second half but could not catch the No. 7 Blue Devils (9-1) at Madison Square Garden.  UW scored just 26 points in the first half, then erupted for 54 in the second period. Freshman Tony Wroten Jr. scored 23 points off the bench and C.J. Wilcox had 22 for the Huskies. Duke won despite missing 17 free throws.

   — Oregon 74, Fresno State 70: Devoe Joseph, a senior transfer from Minnesota, scored 18 points in his debut and the Ducks (5-2) won at home. Garrett Sim added 17 points and E.J. Singler scored 14.

   — Arizona 63, Clemson 47: The Wildcats (7-3) got 14 points from freshman Nick Johnson and 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists from Solomon Hill.

   — UCLA 77, Penn 73: In their first game since Reeves Nelson was booted from the team, the Bruins (3-5) used 21 points from Lazeric Jones to topple the Quakers (5-6) at Anaheim. Joshua Smith scored 12 points for UCLA and twins Travis and David Wear had 12 and 11 points, respectively.

   — New Mexico 44, USC 41: San Jose’s Drew Gordon had 13 points and 13 rebounds and the Lobos (7-2) held off the Trojans (4-6) in Los Angeles. Maurice Jones scored 19 points and his teammates combined for 22.

   — Arizona State 60, North Dakota State 57: Carrick Felix hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Sun Devils (4-5) to a home victory. Felix finished with 15 points and Kyle Cain added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

   — BYU 61, Utah 42: Mountain West Conference rivals until last year when both left for new conferences, the Cougars (8-2) beat the Utes (1-8) for the 10th time in their past 11 meetings, Utah guard Josh Watkins, coming off a one-game suspension, scored 14 points to lead the host Utes, who are averaging just 48 points over their past three games.


Basketball: Did SI put the jinx on Bruins?

Today, hours after UCLA lost its season opener to Loyola Marymount on Friday night, the Sports Illustrated college basketball issue arrived in my mailbox with Bruins forward Reeves Nelson on the cover.  Wonder if Ben Howland is happy about that?

SI picks UCLA at No. 15 in the country, followed by Arizona at No. 18.

Cal checks in at No. 23 with Washington at No. 26. The magazine also projects Oregon reaching the NCAA tournament.

Meanwhile, two Pac-12 teams played Saturday . . .

   — Washington 91, Georgia State 74: C.J. Wilcox scored 22 points and Darnell Gant added 18 to lead the Huskies. Freshman guard Tony Wroten Jr. had 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers in his debut.

   — Oregon State 86, Cal State Bakersfield 62: Ahmad Starks and Joe Burton each scored 16 points and San Leandro HS product Jared Cunningham had 14 points and five steals for the Beavers in their opener.