Wrapping this season up with a bow and saying thank you to everybody for all of your support.
Special thanks to Deb Gumbley, who provided me with photos, a bottle of wine and kind words whenever I needed them.
More news to come in the next few days, no doubt.
Stanford. If the Cardinal are still feeling, four days later, like they missed their opportunity to win a national title, they’re entitled to that. It certainly feels that way.
Hard truths: Texas A&M was a bad matchup for Stanford and the Cardinal did not play nearly as well as they needed to.
Excessive turnovers, foul trouble, top players who didn’t contribute as much to the cause as they needed to …all true, and yet Stanford lost by one point to a talented, motivated Aggies team that went on to win it all.
It was tough to watch Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen come away without at least the opportunity to play for the title.
Mel Murphy’s strong finish in her final game was a silver-lining.
Cal. Thursday’s breaking news. A local TV station in Virginia reports that the deal is done and Boyle is the Cavaliers’ new head coach.
The news that DeNesha Stallworth left was the first blow. Then the rumors that Boyle was leaving for the job in Virginia. Boyle’s statement from the Monday night that said “I am not the Virginia coach” sure looked like semantics.
This past season was rough for Boyle and the Bears. She could not push the right buttons to get a young, but experienced team to play at another level. She admitted that. She also publicly questioned their work ethic and their heart and probably didn’t win points with her players or athletic director Sandy Barbour.
Is that enough of a reason to leave? Or is it merely time?
Successors? Temple’s Tonya Cardoza is on the wish list of Cal fans.
UCLA. Nikki Caldwell left for LSU and the lure of an SEC job and a huge paycheck. Who takes that job? So far, it’s pretty quiet in Westwood. Even the UCLA message boards are quiet.
Washington. Kevin McGuff comes in as the fourth straight male coach hired in the Pac-10 in the last three seasons. First it was Michael Cooper, then Paul Westhead at Oregon and Scott Rueck at Oregon State.
McGuff appears to have gotten out of Xavier along with his two top players before the rebuilding began. He certainly has a rebuilding job to do in Seattle. But McGuff is a good recruiter and he’ll bring a new energy to the Huskies program.
USC. The Women of Troy were good enough to be in the NCAA Tournament field. Their run to the WNIT Final proved that. But they didn’t play well enough down the stretch and that is the problem – again – that coach Michael Cooper needs to address.