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Draft day lunch with Candace Parker

I guess they’re not having the WNBA draft the day after the NCAA finals anymore. Wonder why.

But CP is going to host a lunch for fans on draft day, Thursday, April 9 in Los Angeles. Here’s the email I got earlier tonight:

Join 2008 #1 draft pick, Rookie of the Year and MVP Candace Parker at ESPN Zone as she watches the Los Angeles Sparks pick their newest members of the team during the 2009 WNBA Draft on ESPN. Enjoy lunch, mingle with Candace Parker and hear from head coach Michael Cooper and General Manager Penny Toler as they give you an exclusive behind the scenes talk (via webcam) after each pick.

1011 S. Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Thursday, April 9
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

All MVPs attending with a REFERRAL will receive an autograph coupon to Opening Night post-game team autograph session

BUY season tickets at the event and receive a signed Lisa Leslie photo!

Pay $20 now or $30 at the door. Entry fee includes lunch and a donation to Tickets for Kids for Opening Night.

Space is limited to the first 150 MVPS!

If you want to go, you send an email to:

I don’t know if I’m going yet. I’d like to, but I don’t know if I can handle the sight of a nine months pregnant CP. I’ll see.

California rankings going into tomorrow’s state championship games

Maxpreps says it’s Brea, Mater Dei, Cajon, St. Mary’s and Poly:,basketball&ssid=9f835eb4-0a53-4bec-89a8-a39e076e9f88&state=ca&urpath=,national

Somebody called Cal-Hi Sports says it’s Brea, St. Mary’s, Mater Dei, Poly and Sacred Heart Cathedral:

I guess we’ll see tomorrow.

Perfect graduation rate schools

Pretty damned impressive:

Fourteen women’s basketball teams in the NCAA tournament have perfect graduation rates.

That list includes the tournament’s top seed, Connecticut, according to a report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

Of the other No. 1 seeds, Duke has a 90 percent graduation rate, Oklahoma is at 69 percent and Maryland is at 67 percent.

The other schools with 100 percent graduation rates are DePaul, Evansville, Florida, Lehigh, Marist, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Sacred Heart, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt and Villanova.


WBCA JC/CC awards announced

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association has announced that Ned Mircetic of Ventura College is their 2009 National Junior College/Community College Coach of the Year. Mircetic, who just coached his 19th year at Ventura, has taken his teams to 12 state Elite Eight games, appeared in nine consecutive Final Four contests, made seven straight championship game appearances and captured five state titles.

In an interview with me last fall for a story on junior colleges that I was writing, Mircetic said he loves his job.

“My job coaching women’s basketball is the best job in the state of California,” he said.

Mircetic is known for his off-court warmth, and he maintains relationships with many of his former players – several of whom are coaches themselves now. But in practices and during games, Mircetic is intense.

“I’ve been around long enough so that (potential recruits) know what to expect from me,” he said.

I met Mircetic over a year ago when I took my basketball kids to check him out. I would trust any kid of mine with him.

Mircetic will be honored at a luncheon April 6 in St. Louis during the Final Four tourament.


The WBCA also named their All-American team and Honorable Mention Team:

Fantastic couple of lists.

Uncool things to do: fire someone with no reason given

Longtime St. Mary’s Academy (Inglewood, CA) Coach Bo Corona was fired yesterday. He not only didn’t see it coming, he was shocked:

I’ve always thought that if you’re going to fire someone, especially with no warning, that you owe them an explanation. That whole “going in a different direction” line is so tired.

What to do if you think your daughter’s coach has violated one or more rules

Some comments here recently have indicated that some parents think the coach or coaches of their daughter’s basketball team have committed rule violations. So I’ve done a little research.

This section of the California Interscholastic Federation website serves as a resource in determining if a violation has indeed occurred:

The CIF is broken down into 10 regions, and each has a local office. I called both the City Section and Southern Section offices this morning to ask what the proper procedure is for a parent wishing to file a complaint.

A spokeswoman for the City Section office said all complaints are welcome, but only those that are signed with the writer’s legitimate name, address and phone number will warrant an investigation. She also said that the confidentiality of the letter writers will be protected in the event of an investigation. A spokeswoman for the Southern Section office said the same policies held true there. Written correspondence should be sent to:

(City Section)

Trent Cornelius, Commissioner, girl’s basketball
1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90017

(Southern Section)

Sharon Hodge, Commissioner, girl’s basketball
10932 Pine Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720-2428

List of all 10 section offices:

I encourage those who feel they have a legitimate complaint to step up and say something. Don’t just complain about it on a message board or a blog. If you really feel your daughter is being cheated, you must speak out on her behalf. She’s a kid; she needs you to help her.

I believe that too many people feel like they could “never” make a difference by speaking out. But the more I’ve lived the more I’ve seen that 1. it’s amazing what you get if you just ask and 2. if you speak out and be persistent, you get places.

Finally, last night I changed my profile to include an email address where you can reach me with comments or questions. I’ve never claimed to know everything, but I’m great at finding out what I don’t know.

Don’t be nasty like some of my ninth-grade students:

WNIT begins tomorrow

Here is the WNIT schedule, aka, what happened to my team if they didn’t get invited to the Big Dance?

UCLA Coach Nikki Caldwell told reporters Saturday night that they had opted out of this tournament.

Bev Smith won’t return to Oregon

To no one’s surprise, eight-year Oregon coach Bev Smith‘s contract won’t be renewed. The announcement was made just a short time ago:

Though I expected it, it’s tremendously sad for me. Bev Smith was my first basketball hero – she was pretty much the reason I got into the sport in the first place.

I remember how they honored her on senior night in 1982, with a special ceremony and lots of signs in the rafters. I remember how, a short time later, Oregon lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, on March 13, 1982, to Mizzou. I remember the picture of Bev, anguished on the bench, in the paper the next morning – a Sunday. And that day, I went for a run for the first time.

It’s 27 years later and I’m still running, and I am enjoying the benefits of having been an athlete for most of my life: strong heart, low cholesterol, etc. I owe it to Bev Smith for the original inspiration.

I have no idea why she wasn’t able to be an effective coach for Oregon, and I appreciate how excruciating it must have been for Oregon officials to dismiss her. I hope that Bev will find happiness in future endeavors, whatever they are. Her legacy as a player remains the same as it has been for almost three decades.

Edit March 17 to add link from the Register Guard:

Kilkenny said senior associate athletic directors Renee Baumgartner and Joe Giansante would join him on a search committee for Smith’s replacement. Kilkenny said he’d like to have a new coach in place within 30 days.

With a new arena on the horizon, the Ducks want a coach with name recognition who will play an up-tempo, high-scoring style that will be attractive to both traditional women’s basketball fans and newcomers to the sport.

As an Oregon alumni, I’d like to see this too. I have an Oregon women’s basketball T-shirt in my closet that I haven’t worn for a long time.

Bracket is out

My friend Don and I had dinner a few weeks ago and agreed that we could stare at a bracket for an hour. So I gotta go………………

No surprises: Baylor and Stanford

Baylor won the Big 12 Tournament over the weekend:

Stanford won its second Pac-10 Tournament in a row last night:

This is a real nice piece on Nnemkadi Ogwumike:

I’m not a Stanford fan, but I like Ogwumike, and she’s doing a great job as a freshman.

During the awards ceremony last night, Brynn Cameron went and got her son, who sat on her lap. It was cute. Here’s a piece on that:

Being a student athlete mother is no joke. She gets props.

NCAA seedings will be announced in 10 minutes.

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