Stanford falls to No. 9 in BCS

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Stanford falls to No. 9 in BCS

Following their 53-30 loss to Oregon on Saturday night, Stanford plummeted to No. 9 in the latest BCS standings.

Although their BCS title game and Rose hopes are all but dashed, they could still find their way into a BCS game.

If Stanford takes care of business by beating Cal in the Big Game next Saturday, and then beats the Irish of Notre Dame the week after, it is likely they will end up in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

By beating Stanford, Oregon replaced the Cardinal at No. 4. The Ducks remaining schedule consists of home games against USC and Oregon State, followed by hosting the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game.

LSU and Oklahoma State hold down the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively, and if both finish the season undefeated, will certainly meet in the BCS title game.

The Alabama Crimson Tide check in at No. 3, as they hope either the Tigers or Cowboys slip up to give them a shot to play for a national championship.

How will Stanford's loss affect Andrew Luck's Heisman Trophy status? Check back Monday for the latest version of the Heisman Watch.

Drew Shiller is a Web Producer at CSNBayArea.com. You can follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA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