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Roundup: Started from the bottom, now we off to New Orleans

Apr 2, 2013

Showing the tenacity and determination it had all season, Cal knocked off Georgia 65-62 in overtime to head to its first Final Four in program history. The Golden Bears got 25 points from senior Layshia Clarendon and 14 from junior Afure Jemerigbe. Now it's off to New Orleans, where the Gritty Gottliebs will face either Louisville or Tennessee in a national semifinal matchup Sunday. Congrats to the Golden Bears!

The other big news of the night was that USC hired Andy Enfield as its new head men's basketball coach. Enfield comes to Troy via Florida Gulf Coast, where he led the A-Sun Eagles to the Sweet 16 this year as a No. 15 seed. Dan Wetzel writes that USC is betting his "Dunk City" magic will cast a spell on Los Angeles.  

The other other big news of the day was that there have been complaints that Coordinator of Officials Ed Rush offered improper incentives to officials during the Pac-12 Tournament. Yesterday, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott responded to the officiating complaint.  

USC's hire comes a couple of days after the Bruins tabbed Steve Alford as the new man in charge in Westwood. The Los Angeles Times notes that Alford has a big job ahead of him at UCLA.    

The date for undergraduates to declare for the NBA Draft is fast approaching, so Arizona State super-frosh Jahii Carson has requested a draft projection from the NBA.    

Sad news for lifelong Buffs fans, as former Colorado basketball coach H.B. "Bebe" Lee passed away. He took the Buffaloes to their only Final Four back in 1955.    

Now that the NCAA tournament is over for the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, Chiney Ogwumike has big travel plans - like going to Nigeria this spring to work as an intern with the Minister of Petroleum while also helping to build a basketball court with the charity organization "Access to Success." And what have you done with your life?  

There are six mid-week games happening today on the baseball scene, including Washington State hosting Gonzaga to cap off a nine-game homestand.  First pitch is set for 6 p.m. PT, then it's off to Salt Lake City for three against the Utes and Provo for one against those other Cougars.  

A good bit of football news to get to, including some very good news from Utah, where new tests show that Star Lotulelei's heart is in normal range, which could help his draft stock after it fell at the combine due to health concerns.    

Now on to spring practice features! Today is the beginning of Oregon's spring practice slate, and as the Mark Helfrich era begins, the Ducks expect a smooth transition.    

Arizona linebacker Dakota Conwell is getting up to speed this spring after spending most of his freshman season on the sidelines.    

Joe Montana or Steve Young? Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick? Cody Vaz or Sean Mannion? The Oregon State quarterback competition is expected to drag out through training camp.    

Last but not least, Bob Condotta reboots spring practice with five questions for April. At the top of his list - will Keith Price's resurgence continue? Gotta love you some "Teeth"!