March 13, 2011SAN JOSE STATE PAGE
The San Jose State University men's basketball season continues.After advancing to the 2011 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament semifinal round for the first time, San Jose State accepted an invitation to participate in the fourth annual College Basketball Invitational (CBI) presented by Zebra Pen.In its first appearance in the College Basketball Invitational presented by Zebra Pen, San Jose State University will face Creighton University, Tuesday, March 15 at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.Presently, the Spartans have a 17-15 win-loss record. The 17 wins are the most for San Jose State since 1981. The Spartans' last game was a 58-54 loss to Western Athletic Conference champion and 23rd-ranked Utah State in Associated Press poll on March 11."Playing in the CBI is another step forward for our basketball program. We had a successful season and are delighted to participate in post-season basketball," says San Jose State head coach George Nessman. "The CBI will be a fun experience for our players, coaches, fans and San Jose State University."San Jose State features All-WAC fifth-year senior guardsAdrian Oliver and Justin Graham. The 6-foot-4 Oliver is a two-time, first-team All-WAC player who is in the top-five in scoring for the second season in a row. Oliver, fourth in 2010, is third nationally in 2011 with his 24.3 points a game average. He holds or shares 13 school records. Graham, another 6-foot-4 senior, is a 2011 honorable mention All-WAC player and an All-WAC Defensive team selection. Graham is the school record holder for career assists and career steals and is averaging 14.3 points a game.San Jose State is making its first appearance in the CBI and a return to national post-season basketball for the first time since the 1996 NCAA Basketball Championship.San Jose State's first-round game, site, opponent and game-time in the 16-team CBI tournament is not yet determined. First-round games are scheduled for March 15 and 16. Quarterfinal and semifinal games take place March 21 and March 23, respectively. The championship series is a 2-out-of-3 format on March 28 and 30 with a final game on April 1, if necessary. HDNet will televise the semifinals and championship series."We're honored and flattered that the Gazelle Group invited San Jose State to participate in the CBI. Our thanks go to Rick Giles and Ray Cella of the Gazelle Group who heard our story about our breakthrough season and offered our basketball program a post-season experience we will remember for a long, long time," says San Jose State director of athleticsTom Bowen. The Gazelle Group, a national sports-marketing firm based in Princeton N.J., produces the CBI. During the college basketball season, the Gazelle Group produces nationally-recognized events such as the 2K Sports Classic, the CBE Classic, the Legends Classic and the All-American Championship.
Courtesy San Jose State media services
Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars.
According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016.
Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job.
According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.
Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.
Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.
Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.
The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice.
Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round.
"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."
Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff.
"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."
San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.
In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender.
"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said.
The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.