Another SJSU defensive player has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Safety Cullen Newsome is the newest Spartan added to the list, which now stands at five on the season.Newsome, a senior from Roseville, Calif., recorded a season-high 10 tackles and also intercepted a pass in the Spartans 31-20 win over Texas State on Saturday.We talked about how we was going to have to make a lot of individual tackles in the option, head coach Mike MacIntyre said about Newsomes preparation for Texas States tricky option offense. He made a lot of open field tackles and read eyes very well and was able to make a pick. He played a phenomenal game and Im extremely proud of Cullen.Newsomes interception came on Texas States opening drive of the second half while SJSU trailed 20-17. The SJSU defense held the Bobcats scoreless in the second half and limited them to just 98 yards in the final two quarters. I think it was a huge part in getting momentum back and finally proving our adjustments were working, Newsome said after the win. It helped the team realize that once it gets fixed its easy to stop.Newsome joins linebacker Vince Buhagiar, cornerback Bene Benwikere and defensive end Travis Johnson as Spartans recognized with the defensive award this season. INJURY REPORT Sophomores running back Tyler Ervin (right shoulder) and linebacker Derek Muaava (right knee) were hurt in Saturdays win and did not return to the game. Ervin underwent an MRI Monday and Muaava is scheduled to have an MRI done Tuesday.MacIntyre has ruled Muaava out for this Saturdays game at Idaho. We are not sure of the extent yet, he said. Theyre going to let the swelling go down first. He just made a cut and his knee gave out.Ervin, the teams main kick returner and part-time running back, suffered his injury in the first quarter of the Texas State game after breaking a 32-yard run to set up an SJSU field goal. That play was the longest play of his from scrimmage this season.If we lose those guys theyll be big losses, MacIntyre said. Well miss them if they cant play but we have to find guys to step in and play thats part of having a good football team.
BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA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.
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.