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Hall of Fame: Eight news Bears inducted

One-time basketball career scoring leader Sean Lampley, former NFL standout Todd Steussie and four-time Olympic medalist Heather Petri head the 2013 class entering Cal’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Also scheduled for induction into the 28th class will be track star Rick Brown, softball player Candace Harper, women’s basketball player Trish Stafford-Odom, swimmer Staciana Stitts, and rower and long-time contributor Gary Rogers.

Induction ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, at the annual Hall of Fame banquet at the Greek Orthodox Church Conference Center in Oakland. Information on tickets to the banquet can be found online at bigcsociety.org.

The new inductees will also be honored at halftime of Cal’s Oct. 19 football game vs. Oregon State at Memorial Stadium.

Here’s more on each of the eight inductees:

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Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
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Basketball: Crabbe on NABC All-America 3rd team

Cal junior guard Allen Crabbe, already named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was picked today to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-America third team.

Crabbe is just one of two players from the West named to one of the three five-man teams.

Crabbe, who averaged 18.4 points and 6.1 rebounds this season, is the first Cal player named to the NABC All-American team since Shareef Abdur-Rahim was chosen to the third team in 1996.

Jason Kidd (1994) and Darrall Imhoff (1960) both were NABC first-team All-America selections.

The NABC All-America teams:

First Team
Trey Burke, Michigan, sophomore guard
Doug McDermott, Creighton, junior forward
Otto Porter, Georgetown, sophomore forward
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, junior guard
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, junior forward

Second Team
Shane Larkin, Miami, sophomore guard
Ben McLemore, Kansas, freshman guard
Mason Plumlee, Duke, senior forward
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, freshman guard
Cody Zeller, Indiana, sophomore forward

Third Team
Allen Crabbe, Cal, junior guard
Russ Smith, Louisville, junior guard
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, junior forward
Jeff Withey, Kansas, senior center
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, senior guard

Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2013
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Basketball: Crabbe earns NABC honor

Cal’s Allen Crabbe was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 20 all-star team.

Also chosen to the District 20 team — which merely consists of the Pac-12 schools – were UCLA’ s Shabazz Muhammad, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson, and Arizona’s Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill.

Second-team District 20 picks were Stanford’s Dwight Powell, Colorado’s Spence Dinwiddie, Oregon’s E.J. Singler, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, Washington State’s Brock Motum and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.

(No Andre Roberson of Colorado?)

Former Cal backup D.J. Seeley of Fullerton State was chosen to the District 9 second team. Saint Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk highlighted the District 9 first team.

Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Gottlieb a Naismith finalist

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb, who directed the Bears to a 28-3 record, a Pac-12 regular-season co-championship and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, is among four finalists for the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year award.

Gottlieb joins Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw and Dayton’s Jim Jabir as the four finalists for the honor. The winner will be announced at the Women’s Final Four in New Orleans.

Cal opens NCAA tournament play Saturday against No. 15 seed Fresno State at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. (PT). The game will be shown on ESPN2.

 

Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2013
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Basketball: Crabbe says he would trade Player of the Year award for a Pac-12 tournament title

Allen Crabbe said he spent the offseason in Berkeley working to improve his game in order to help his team, not to win an award.

But after becoming the seventh Cal player to be named Pac-12 Player of the Year on Monday, Crabbe said, “it’s a wonderful feeling, a blessing.”

“The offseason really is a time for you to improve your game and I wanted to become more of a complete basketball player, somebody who can impact the game on both ends.

“At the beginning of the season you’re not thinking about awards, just what you can do to help your team. With team success comes individual success.”

Crabbe said he called his parents with the news and they were excited, as you’d expect.

His focus this week is on the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, where the Bears will open Thursday against either USC or Utah.

“We let the regular season kind of slip away from us,” he said. “We can go out here and redeem ourselves. We know what all the teams are capable of doing. We can’t take games lightly.

“We’re all prepared, all focused, all going to play hard to win this Pac-12 tournament champiionship. I feel like we could have won the regular season.”

Crabbe made it clear he’d swap his Player of the Year award for a conference title.

“It’s a good award. I feel like none of this stuff really gets to me,” he said. “I feel like I’m a team player. I want to help my team win. That’s what I’m focused on. We still have business to take care of .

“At the beginning of the season, you’re not talking about, `I’m playing for an award.’  We’re playing for the championship. I’d trade it in. We have an opportunity to put ourselves in a situation to redeem ourselves.”

Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Basketball: Crabbe named Pac-12 Player of Year

Junior guard Allen Crabbe was named Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year on Monday, the third Cal player in four seasons to collect the award.
 
Crabbe, who averages a conference-best 18.6 points, is the seventh Cal player dating back to Jason Kidd in 1994 to earn the honor.
 
Other Cal players to win the award were Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1996), Ed Gray (1997), Sean Lampley (2001), Jerome Randle (2010) and Jorge Gutierrez (2012).
 
“I am really happy for Allen,” Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. “He is been a mainstay in our program and has improved each year. Allen has been a guy that has been under constant pressure to carry the load offensively and has done a very good job for us. This is a reward for a lot of hard work and I think well-justified.”
 
Oregon’s Dana Altman was voted coach of the year and UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad and Arizona State’s Jahii Carson shared freshman of the year honors.
 
Stanford’s Dwight Powell was named most improved player and Colorado’s Andre Roberson was voted best defender.
 
The awards are based on a vote of the league’s 12 coaches.
 
Crabbe earned first-team all-conference honors for the second straight season. Justin Cobbs was chosen to the second team.
 
The remainder of the 10-man first unit: Carson, Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie, UCLA’s Larry Drew II, Arizona’s Solomon Hill and Mark Lyons, Powell and Oregon’s E.J. Singler.
 
Joining Cobbs on the second team: UCLA’s Kyle Anderson, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, Washington State’s Brock Motum and Washington’s C.J. Wilcox.
 

Posted on Monday, March 11th, 2013
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Basketball: My all-Pac-12 team

 The coaches will announce their All-Pac-12 teams on Monday.

Here are my choices:

FIRST TEAM

– Justin Cobbs, Cal: A combo guard playing the point, Cobbs wasn’t afraid to take big shots when the Bears needed them. His game-winner against at Oregon was as big a play as the team had all year.

– Allen Crabbe, Cal: Drew more defensive attention than any single player in the Pac-12 and still led the league in scoring. Improved his ability to get into the lane, his rebounding and his playmaking.

– Jahii Carson, ASU: Devastatingly quick. Dangerous in the open court. Talented enough coach Herb Sendek went up-tempo this season. Single-biggest reason the Sun Devils won 10 more games than a year ago.

– Larry Drew II, UCLA: Senior transfer from North Carolina was exactly what the young Bruins needed most — a rudder. Set a UCLA single-season record with 239 assists, and they’ve had a couple pretty good teams over the years.

– Solomon Hill, Arizona: Understated, but well-rounded and a difficult matchup who can play on the perimeter or in the paint. Strong and experienced. Always productive.

– Mark Lyons, Arizona: Just as Drew gave UCLA direction, Lyons brought experience at the point as a transfer from Xavier. Made big shots in big games. Has played in three Sweet 16 games — would like to make it four.

– Brock Motum, WSU: Among good players on bad teams, Motum was the best with the least around him. The Pac-12′s No. 2 scorer.

– Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA: It took the freshman wing a while to get in shape, but he delivered 13 20-point games for the league champion. A shooter and a scorer, Muhammad will leave for the NBA without an all-around game.

– Dwight Powell, Stanford: The most improved player in the conference, Powell showed what he could do when healthy. After two injury-plagued seasons, he delivered a consistent performance for the Cardinal.

– Andre Roberson, Colorado: The best rebounder and most versatile defender in the league. Roberson is the kind of player every coach loves — productive without needing to shoot the ball a lot.

HONORABLE MENTION

– Kyle Anderson, UCLA: The most versatile of UCLA’s three excellent freshman, Anderson passes like a point guard and rebounds like a power forward. He needs more strength and explosiveness, but he has a chance to be very good.

– Carrick Felix, ASU: Along with Stanford’s Powell, Felix was the league’s most improved player. And he was a factor at both ends of the floor. Led the league in double-doubles.

– Roberto Nelson, Oregon State: Finally, after seemingly years of build-up, Nelson delivered this season. His team underachieved, but not Nelson.

– E.J. Singler, Oregon: The best all-around player on his team, Singler probably will earn first-team honors from the coaches, who like to reward seniors. Fact is, he was better in every statistical category a year ago.

– C.J. Wilcox, Washington: A nagging foot injury prevented Wilcox from practicing much of the season and he shot just 31 percent since Jan. 31. Still, he refused to leave the lineup and led the Huskies in scoring.

COACH OF THE YEAR

ASU’s Herb Sendek probably would have won this in early January (when the Sun Devils were 14-2), and Oregon’s Dana Altman might have taken it six weeks ago (when the Ducks were 17-2). But it’s a full-season deal, and one of the youngest (albeit talented), drama-driven, defection-ridden, ill-fitting teams wound up surviving the craziest Pac-12 race in years. UCLA’s Ben Howland should get some credit for that. The winner: Howland.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

There will be sentiment for a variety of players, but it comes down to Crabbe and Muhammad. Muhammad is very good and helped the Bruins win the Pac-12. But Crabbe had the better season. He scored more, rebounded more, had 80 assists to 24 for Muhammad, and bought in defensively on a team that wouldn’t have won without doing so. The winner: Crabbe.

Posted on Sunday, March 10th, 2013
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Athletics: Teresa Gould honored by WBCA

Teresa Gould, the deputy director of athletics/senior woman administrator at Cal, is the recipient of the 2013 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Administrator of the Year Award.

The WBCA Administrator of the Year Award is presented annually to an administrator, athletic director or assistant athletic director, or senior woman administrator who has exceled at encouring the growth and quality of the women’s basketball program. The candidate must also have served as a professional role model for student-athletes.

“Congratulations to Teresa,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass.  ”I believe it is extra special to have people within the institution, in addition to the coaches and players, who are passionate about the game.  Having strong relationships on campus with important people such as Teresa is crucial for any coach trying to run a successful program. Teresa couldn’t be a better role model for other administrators.”

In her eighth year at Cal, Gould oversees budgetary and operational needs of various intercollegiate sports, including women’s basketball.

 

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Pac coaches snub Gottlieb

Media covering Pac-12 women’s basketball honored Cal’s Lindsay Gottlieb this week as the league’s coach of the year, but the coaches themselves gave the award to Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.

For the 13th time.

Cal and Stanford shared the Pac-12 regular-season title, each at 17-1. It was the first-ever conference crown for the Bears, a distinction the media decided gave an edge to second-year coach Gottlieb.

The coaches, who vote for the traditional all-conference team, gave the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year award to VanDerveer for the third straight season.

Stanford (28-2) earned the No. 1 into the Pac-12 tournament by virtue of its better overall record than Cal (27-2). 

Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarenden of Cal were picked to the all-conference first team, as they were in the media vote. Eliza Pierre and Clarendon also were named to the all-defensive team.

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
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Women’s basketball: Gottlieb named Pac-12 coach of the year; 3 Bears on all-conference team

On the heels of an historic season, Cal women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year and three Bears players were selected to the all-conference first team.

Brittany Boyd, Gennifer Brandon and Layshia Clarendon all were named to the all-Pac-12 squad while Boyd and Eliza Pierre were voted onto the All-Defensive Team.

Cal’s women earned a share of their first-ever conference title this season, posting a 17-1 league record. The Bears are 27-2 overall headed into the Pac-12 tournament. Both win totals are records in the 39-year history of the sport at Cal.

Brandon and Clarendon were repeat all-conference selections.

Boyd, a sophomore, averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Brandon, a Wade Watch Trophy and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award candidate, averages 12.4 points and 11.0 rebounds.

Clarendon, a Wade Watch Trophy candidate, Naismith Award candidate and a Senior CLASS Award finalist, leads California with 15.9 points per game – a mark she has increased to 17.6 in conference play. 

Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike was named Pac-12 Player of the Week and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.

The Pac-12 women’s awards are chosen by the media.

 

Posted on Monday, March 4th, 2013
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