Ray's Top 25: Stanford jumps

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Ray's Top 25: Stanford jumps

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 Two, 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 Two rankings

1 Alabama Widened their advantage over the field to the point that the next ranked team should be No. 5 2 Florida State Boxed a nice set of ears in Wake Forest. 3 Oregon Having finished the Hostess Cakes portion of the schedule, they now get down to business. 4 LSU Idaho really is too beneath them. 5 Georgia Waiting for the other shoe to drop, but until it does . . . 6 Texas So. Mississippi is the lesser of the three Mississippis, but it's a Mississippi nonetheless. 7 Stanford David Shaw says he likes the school very much. He's about to find out how much is much. 8 Oklahoma Resting comfortably. 9 Notre Dame Navy, Purdue and Michigan State. All wins. Hard to argue so far. 10 Florida Tennessee was ranked by some folks. No more. 11 Ohio State Either Cal is better than we thought, or the Big Ten is exactly as bad as we think. 12 South Carolina East Carolina is still the best win. 13 UCLA Houston has been seen quite enough, thank you. 14 Clemson Florida State will tell us everything we need to know next week. 15 Kansas State Oklahoma is next, and unlike Missouri State, Miami or North Texas in every way. 16 Southern California Stanford didn't win, Stanford dominated. 17 Michigan State Notre Dame didn't win, Notre Dame dominated. 18 West Virginia Dana Holgerson said James Madison was a tougheropponent than Marshall. It wasn't. 19 Rutgers South Florida was a worthy win in a shrinking conference. 20 TCU I'm pretty noncommittal about this team. Well, most teams, in fact. 21 Mississippi State Moved up because Virginia Tech took the pipe. Other than that, not a lot to gush about either way. 22 Michigan Massachusetts. That's all. 23 Iowa State The conference schedule begins next week, and doesn't get easy until November 17. They do this, they're good. 24 Arizona Just making a cameo until Oregon gets hold of them. 25 Ohio Interchangeable with Louisville; their best wins were against disgraced Penn State and disgraced North Carolina.

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.