PAC-12 BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
This is the eleventh in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The UCLA Bruins were hitting their stride in 2012-2013, coach Cori Close's second season. They knocked off Cal in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals to play for the championship. After that they went on to the NCAA Tournament, where they went to the second round before bowing out.Then prior to the following season, down went four players: forward Kacy Swain, guard Kari Korver, and two of the incoming freshmen, Paulina Hersler and Savanna Trapp. This came on the heels of losing three of their starters and top scorers. The Bruins struggled, finishing the year 13-18 and 7-11 in conference play for eighth place. After a first-round loss in the Pac-12 Tournament, their season was done.But throughout the tough times, there was always a flicker of promise in the background. This season, they are here - the number one 2014 recruiting class in the country, aka UCLA's big freshmen: #6 Jordin Canada [Read More
published October 29, 2014 at 11:38pm EDT
ONE WEEK TO STANFORD BASKETBALL
So it is one week until we get a Stanford Womenandrsquo;s basketball preview. Stanford opens its exhibition season against Vanguard. Many, many questions are floating around this yearandrsquo;s team. This will be the first time in six years without an Ogwumike, so how will Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer adjust?Much has been made by the surprise announcement that VanDerveer is scrapping her beloved triangle offense in favor of screens. She made her point with a classic andldquo;Tara-ismandrdquo; telling anyone over 6andrsquo;3 that andldquo;their new middle name is screen.andrdquo; She says she wants to free up senior guard Amber Orrange and soph guard Lili and#40;Lee-Leeand#41; Thompson.Still, the Pac-12 coaches picked Stanford to win the conference and#40;which C and R thought for sure Cal would have a lock on the preseason voteand#41;. The coaches claimed they werenandrsquo;t fooled by the andldquo;we donandrsquo;t have an Ogwumike or a returning All-Americaandrdquo; and andldquo;we are playing a whole new offe [Read More
published October 26, 2014 at 7:18pm EDT
PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - BERKELEY
This is the third in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.This is Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb's fourth season at the helm of the program, which has been punctuated so far by the Bears' trip to the 2013 Final Four. But this year may be the most challenging yet for the East coast native and her team, as personnel have become fewer and younger. Gone is Afure Jemerigbe and#40;12.1 points per gameand#41;, Gennifer Brandon and#40;8.2 points, 8.5 rebounds per gameand#41;, Hind Ben Abdelkader and#40;4.9 points per gameand#41; and Mikayla Lyles and#40;4.2 points per gameand#41;, leaving ten players on this season's roster.That slate includes four seniors, three sophomores and three freshmen - a youthful team not unlike the one Gottlieb inherited her first year in Berkeley. These Bears are all hers, however, having played for her their entire careers, or transferring to play for her.A light roster means no one can take a night off. The young group will also have to learn f [Read More
published October 14, 2014 at 12:39am EDT
COMPARING UNIVERSITIES' RESPONSE TO CHARGES OF SEXUAL ASSAULT -- WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES?
Last week, the day after he came off the bench to lead the University of Florida to a 10-9 victory over Tennessee, quarterback Treon Harris was accused of sexually assaulting a female student on campus in the early morning of Sunday, October 5.andnbsp; The following day, the University announced that campus and local police were working together to investigate forensic evidence, and that it was suspending Harris from the team in the meanwhile. Citing "no tolerance" for sexual assault, University president Bernie Machen vowed that student safety was the institution's top priority.andnbsp; But last Friday, Harris's accuser withdrew her complaint.andnbsp; The university reinstated Harris and he is expected to be back on the field this weekend.andnbsp; Meanwhile, 150 miles away in Tallahassee, Florida State is struggling to get a handle on its own controversy arising from allegations of its quarterback's sexual assault controversy. This week Fox Sports News reported on evidence seeming to suggest [Read More
published October 14, 2014 at 10:48am EDT
PAC-12 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
This is the second in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The Huskies may be poised to see their resilience pay off this season.Hammered by injuries two years ago, and then seeing their coach hired away by Ohio State, Washington bounced back in 2013-2014 to go 20-14 and sixth in the Pac-12. They made it to the quarterfinals of the WNIT before bowing out.The Huskies' top four scorers return this year: Kelsey Plum, who electrified the conference with her play and her consistency, averaging 20.9 points per game as a freshman last season; fellow guard Jazmine Davis and#40;18.8 points per gameand#41;, a senior; junior forward Talia Walton and#40;11.1 points per gameand#41;; and senior forward Aminah Williams and#40;7.4 points per gameand#41;.Coach Mike Neighbors, who was an assistant coach for two years at Washington before taking the head position, said making up for the versatility and reliability of the graduated Mercedes Wetmore will be hard."You donandrsquo;t [Read More
published October 11, 2014 at 11:38pm EDT
NCAA SOCCER &NDASH; BRACKET PROJECTIONS V3.5
OK, Iandrsquo;ve decided to streamline the process a bit to eliminate some redundancy. The listed seeded teams are what was before my projected seeded teams, the seed candidates are the remaining RPI Top 25 teams ranked according to results against Top 50 teams. Teams in the andldquo;above the bubbleandrdquo; section are ranked only by RPI. Teams in andldquo;the bubbleandrdquo; section are those in the bubble ladder from previous versions that would be andldquo;inandrdquo; PLUS auto bid qualifiers in that zone that are also ranked against the bubble teams. One-bid conferences are pretty self-explanatory and ranked by RPI.
Bubbles burst are teams on the outside looking in according to the bubble ladder in previous versions of this. After that are the next five teams that did not make the bubble scrutiny list.
1 andndash; Stanford andndash; Pac-12 2 andndash; North Carolina andndash; ACC 3 andndash; UCLA andndash; Pac-12* 4 andndash; Florida andndash; SEC*
5 andndash; Pepperdine andnd [Read More
published October 11, 2014 at 12:56pm EDT
WOMEN&RSQUO;S COLLEGE WRESTLING CONTINUES EXPANSION WITH FIVE NEW TEAMS
Freshman Kiaya Van Scoyoc of Warner Pacific University
The extraordinary expansion of womenandrsquo;s wrestling continues this year as five more colleges have added wrestling teams for this coming season.
Eastern Michigan University
Life University and#40;Georgiaand#41;
Lyon University and#40;Arkansasand#41;
Ottawa University and#40;Kansasand#41;
Warner Pacific College and#40;Oregonand#41;
This starts what will be a three year expansion, with sixteen more teams to be added on the collegiate level according to National Wrestling Coaches Associations. The hope is more females will also lead these grapplers as coaches.
This year 220 female wrestlers will join the collegiate level teams and it doesnandrsquo;t look like it will slow down anytime soon. Many girls interested in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and possible making the leap to MMA are seeing wrestling as an outlet to hone their skills. More and more states are hold womenandrsquo;s championships including California, Oregon, Guam, Hawaii, Mas [Read More
published October 11, 2014 at 12:23pm EDT
PICKING A COLLEGE AS AN ELITE ATHLETE
andnbsp;andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; Deciding on a university is a pivotal moment for many young people. Where you want to live, what you want to study, and the community you enter for four and#40;or moreand#41; years can define the rest of your life. When you take elite athleticism into account, the process can be even more complicated. You have to pick a new school, a new home, and a new team.
andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; According to a February article in Businessweek, for many of the athletes who represented the U.S. in Sochi this past winter, one of the best options was to stay local and go to school online and#40;especially at DeVry University, which has a longstanding partnership with the USOCand#41;. andnbsp;
andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp; Other athletes, however, may find collegiate athletics to be the door to their professional careers, and it's not unusual for a highly-ranked team to be situated within a prestigious univers [Read More
published October 8, 2014 at 4:55am EDT