After leading Cal over USC, Rabb named Pac-12 Player of the Week

After leading Cal over USC, Rabb named Pac-12 Player of the Week

SAN FRANCISCO — After powering Cal to an upset of No. 25 USC Sunday evening, sophomore forward Ivan Rabb earned the first Pac-12 Player of the Week honors of his career, the league announced Monday.
With Cal down 73-72 in the waning seconds of the USC game, Rabb hit both of his free throws to give the Bears a 74-73 edge. The Trojans began mounting their comeback with 5.2 seconds on the clock and as Jordan McLaughlin went up for the final shot with one second remaining, Rabb blocked the shot. It was one of two blocks he logged after picking up four fouls, earning his fourth foul at 9:44 of the second half. 
Rabb finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds to go along with two assists, two blocks and three steals in Cal’s first true road win over a Top 25 opponent since Feb. 21, 2013.
In Thursday's matchup with No. 4 UCLA, Rabb helped the Bears pull within five points of the Bruins late in the second half, using a 17-point, 20-rebound outing. Rabb's career-high 20 rebounds made him the first Golden Bear to log 20 rebounds since Leon Powe's 20 vs. USC on March 9, 2006, and is the highest total in Pac-12 action this year.
Rabb led his teammates by averaging a double-double with 17.0 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game this weekend, and also led the Bears in steals (4).
Cal returns to action at Haas Pavilion this weekend, hosting Washington on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Washington State on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino


Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset


Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset


BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.


A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.