Ray's Top 25: Stanford climbs, UCLA makes cut

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Ray's Top 25: Stanford climbs, UCLA makes cut

Every week, our Senior Decider votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, which of course makes all other opinions both superfluous and valueless (hey, dont say you never get your moneys worth here).

So here, after Week Nine, is the world of college football, whether you like it or not. And if you dont, theres a new one next week you might like better.

RELATED: Ratto's Week Nine rankings

Alabama An enduring test, but it always helps to have the best players with the ball late Oregon If the Ducks play USC 100 times, the final score would 62-51 every time Kansas State Still very much in the hunt as they plow remorselessly through the Big 12-ish Notre Dame How much finer can one cut a piece of salami before it just becomes coldcut dust? Ohio State Leaders and Legends can fight it out for spots 2-12 Louisville They simply never lose Florida State The week off didn't make the rest of the ACC look any better except No. 9 Georgia Ole Miss thought about it for a little bit, then went predictably supine Clemson This is the exception in the Florida State remarks Florida Missouri shouldn't have been that hard Louisiana State If the Bayous had held for 51 more seconds, this could be Alabama South Carolina Steve Spurrier was thinking of witty sayings, and playing 90 holes of speed golf Oregon State Good second half at home against ASU keep them in place Texas A&M This SEC ain't so hard to figure out . . . heh heh heh Oklahoma This is their true place, though they may end the season higher Toledo Idle Kent State Not idle, but Akron comes pretty damned close Texas Gave Lubbock the back of its hoof Stanford Colorado scored zero, which is probably a touchdown more than it deserved Northern Illinois Umass is new, but getting older Mississippi State This was coming for awhile Rutgers Needed the week off to deal with bigger issues Ohio Kent State on Thanksgiving weekend is the showdown UCLA Arizona was supposed to a lot better than -56 Louisiana Tech Still chugging along with just the one loss

Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

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Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.

Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.

"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."

The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.

Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.

Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

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Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

BERKELEY — California star Ivan Rabb will declare for the NBA draft, a move that has been expected since the season began.

The sophomore star announced his decision Wednesday through the school. He says, "After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA draft."

While Rabb says the timing is right to turn his attention to a professional career, he plans to finish school eventually — a promise he made to himself and his mother.

The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward was Cal's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and top rebounder averaging 10.5 boards for the Golden Bears, who lost to Cal State Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT last week without him. Rabb was listed out with a foot injury.

Former coach Cuonzo Martin resigned the next day to become Missouri's new coach.