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Basketball: Ducks to get lift from transfer Moser

Forward Mike Moser, who grew up in Portland, Ore., began his college career at UCLA, and spent the past two seasons at UNLV, apparently will play his senior campaign next year at Oregon.

Moser told the Oregonian he plans to transfer to Oregon, and will be eligible to play immediately if he completes one online class to finish his undergraduate degree.

This is a huge boost for the Ducks. Moser averaged 14 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore in 2011-12, then struggled with elbow and hip injuries this season.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013
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Basketball: Pac-12 coaches salaries

Who is the highest-paid Pac-12 basketball coach?

Who is most under-compensated?

Where does Cal’s Mike Montgomery fit in?

Click here for answers to all of those questions.

Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013
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Basketball: Rush resigns as Pac-12 ref boss

This ended the only way it could have, with Ed Rush offering his resignation as Pac-12 coordinator of basketball officials.

Whether he was “encouraged” by his bosses to resign or simply came to the decision on his own, Rush could not remain in the position after offering a bounty to game officials if they hit Arizona coach Sean Miller with a technical foul or ejected him.

Rush said he made the comments in jest, and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believed him.

It’s not the point. Perception is everything when it comes to the credibility of game officials, and the Pac-12 was not easily going to put this matter in the rear view mirror as long as Rush remained at his post.

Here’s the story.

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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Basketball: Pac-12 commish backs refs boss

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is backing Ed Rush, the league’s director of officials for men’s basketball, despite Rush offering incentives to game officials for giving Arizona coach Sean Miller a technical foul during the Pac-12 tournament.

Rush has said he was joking and Scott on Tuesday told Andy Katz of that Rush won’t be fired.

Here’s the story.

Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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Basketball: Aaron Gordon to Arizona

Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty HS-San Jose — perhaps the Bay Area’s best prospect since Jason Kidd — committed this morning to Arizona.

All signs had pointed to the Wildcats for more than a week now, so this was no surprise. The only question was whether Steve Alford’s arrival at UCLA might complicate things. Alford successfully coached Gordon’s older brother, Drew, at New Mexico after he transferred out of UCLA.

Gordon, a 6-foot-8 forward, apparently has been assured by Sean Miller that he will get the chance to play the small forward position vacated by departing senior Solomon Hill.

Combined with PFs 6-8 Brandon Ashley and 6-10 Grant Jarrett and 7-foot C Kaleb Tarczewski, the Cats may boast the nation’s most imposing frontline next season.

Nick Johnson is expected back at SG, leaving only PG as a question after the exit of senior Mark Lyons. 

T.J. McConnell, a transfer from Duquesne University who sat out this season, becomes eligible as a redshirt junior next season and is expected to handle the PG spot. McConnell averaged 11.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game in 2011-12. Combo guard and senior-to-be Jordin Mayes also is available.

Click here for staff writer Darren Sabredra’s story on Gordon’s decision.

– Gordon will play in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-America game along with Cal signee Jabari Bird of Salesian HS.

The game will be shown live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
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Basketball: USC hires Dunk City’s Andy Enfield

USC hired the hottest name to emerge from this year’s NCAA tournament, filling its coaching vacancy with Andy Enfield of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Prior to the start of the NCAAs, Enfield was perhaps best known outside Ft. Myers, Fla., as being married to a former Victoria’s Secret model.

But when his high-energy “Dunk City” team scored a pair of tournament upsets — including over No. 2 seed Georgetown — Enfield became a coaching star on the rise in just his second season at the school.

“Those in the basketball world have known of his abilities for a while,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden.

USC has long been considered something of a sleeping giant in hoops, but always has been overshadowed by rival UCLA … and it’s own football team.

Whether or not Enfield can change the formula, it’s certain his arrival will be interesting.

Enfield, 43, will be formally introduced on Wednesday. His hiring comes just days after UCLA hired Steve Alford from New Mexico.’s Andy Katz reported Enfield signed a six-year deal with more than $1 million per. He earned $157,000 at FGCU.

Here’s more on the story.

Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013
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Basketball: Pac-12 ref boss offered officials incentives to deliver “T” or eject Arizona’s Miller

This one sounds like an April Fools Day joke, but it’s not.

The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that Pac-12 director of officials Ed Rush offered his referee crew “inappropriate incentives” if they gave Arizona coach Sean Miller a technical foul or ejected him from a Pac-12 tournament game. originally reported the story and the Pac-12 office confirmed the essense of the report today in a statement.

Rush is saying he made the remark as a joke, but Miller received a technical one day later in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.

Here’s the story from the Daily Star.

Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013
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Basketball: UCLA hires Alford as coach

UCLA has hired New Mexico’s Steve Alford as its next coach.

Alford, the former star guard for Bob Knight at Indiana, won 155 games in his six seasons at New Mexico.

Here’s the official UCLA news release.

Posted on Saturday, March 30th, 2013
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Basketball: Howland reportedly to be fired

Media sources are reporting that UCLA coach Ben Howland will be fired, likely on Sunday.

The school released a statement on Saturday night saying Howland had not been fired.

Here’s the latest from Stay tuned.

Posted on Sunday, March 24th, 2013
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Basketball: Saturday game time/TV info

Cal’s NCAA tournament game Saturday against Syracuse will begin at approximately 6:40 p.m. and will be aired on TBS. That should be good news for all of you who don’t get truTV (I don’t either).

Syracuse crushed Montana 81-34 on Thursday night, improving to 27-9.

Pac-12 schools went 3-0 on Thursday, with Oregon and Arizona also winning.

Two more Pac-12 teams play Friday:

   — No. 10 Colorado vs. No. 7 Illinois at 1:40 p.m. on TNT

   — No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 10 Minnesota at 7:57 p.m. on . . . truTV.

Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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