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Oregon State can talk to Greenberg

By PETE YOUNG, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 7, 2002

TAMPA -- South Florida basketball coach Seth Greenberg is a candidate to fill the vacancy at Oregon State.

USF athletic director Lee Roy Selmon said he granted Oregon State permission to pursue Greenberg and Greenberg already might have interviewed.

"I did get a call from the Oregon State athletic director, who requested permission to speak with (Greenberg)," said Selmon, who was contacted by Mitch Barnhardt during the middle of last week. "Indications were that there was the intent to interview him. I'm pretty sure they have contacted him by now."

Greenberg's wife, Karen, reached at home Friday, said Greenberg was in Tampa. He has not returned phone calls the past two days.

Oregon State was 12-17 last season, 4-14 in the Pac-10, ahead of only Washington State. The Beavers are looking for a replacement for Ritchie McKay, who left for New Mexico on March28.

Greenberg, who turns 46 on April 18, guided USF to a 19-13 record and an NIT appearance last season. He is 93-86 with two NIT appearances in six seasons at USF, and he was 105-70 in six seasons at Long Beach State.

According to The Oregonian, Greenberg is one of at least six candidates. The others: Division II Metro State's Mike Dunlap, Pacific's Bob Thomason, Cal State Northridge's Bobby Braswell, Arizona assistant Jay John and Seattle SuperSonics assistant Dean Demopoulos, a former longtime Temple assistant.

Selmon said he wants Greenberg to stay.

"I told him (Oregon State) had called and that I'd given permission," he said. "And I reiterated that he's our coach and we hope he remains the coach here."

KNIGHT SIGNING: More than 3,000 Bob Knight devotees waited in line as long as nine hours Saturday in Indianapolis to collect the former Indiana coach's signature on Knight: My Story. A line of about 2,000 people stretched out the door and two blocks from a downtown bookstore. Some arrived as early as 8 a.m. for the 5 p.m. signing.

Gophers win hockey title

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Grant Potulny scored on a power play 16:58 into overtime as Minnesota beat Maine 4-3 for its first title since 1979.

Minnesota's Matt Koalska tied it with 52.4 seconds left in regulation after Robert Liscak gave Maine a 3-2 lead with 4:33 left.

Michael Schutte, who scored twice, was called for tripping Koalska with 4:02 left in overtime, giving the Gophers their power play.

Pohl, who finished as the nation's scoring leader with 78 points, assisted on the goal, dropping the puck to Potulny, who put it through Matt Yeats' legs.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Jim Foster left Vanderbilt to coach Ohio State, ending an 11-year run with the Commodores that included 10 NCAA Tournament appearances. Foster was 256-99 at Vanderbilt and led it to the 1993 Final Four. He replaces Beth Burns, who was fired March4 after going 81-65 in five seasons.

Baseball

USF 6, TCU 5: USF scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Jeff Baisley singled to score Myron Leslie to make it 5-4. Mike Barclay doubled to score pinch-runner Brian Hierlmeier. And Ronnie Handley later singled in Barclay to win the game.

ALABAMA 7, FLORIDA 2: Jeremy Brown hit a grand slam in the third to lead host Alabama. Jeffrey Norris earned the win for Alabama. He allowed 10 hits and 2 runs in 6 innings.

MIAMI 5, FSU 2: Dan Touchet allowed two runs in 72/3 innings for the visiting Hurricanes. Miami took a 3-2 lead in the sixth when first baseman Jerrod Brown couldn't handle a double-play throw, allowing Danny Figueroa to score.

ECKERD 10-3, SAINT LEO 6-4: The host Lions and Eckerd split a doubleheader, with Eckerd winning the first and Saint Leo the second in eight innings.

TAMPA 15-2, LYNN 8-1: The Spartans scored eight in the seventh in the first game, and Eric Beattie allowed one run and three hits in five innings in the second.

SOFTBALL: The host Seminoles set a school record for runs in defeating Florida A&M 18-3. ... Florida split a doubleheader with Ole Miss, losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second 2-0. The victory ended a 10-game road losing streak and was its first SEC road victory of the season. ... Florida Tech swept a doubleheader from Eckerd 4-2 in nine innings and 1-0.

GOLF: Florida State led the Florida Women's Collegiate Championship by six strokes over Florida entering today's final round in Miami Lakes. USF and Miami were tied for third, 13 strokes behind Florida. ... Florida's men were tied for third with North Carolina State and Clemson entering today's final round of the Augusta State Invitational in Augusta, Ga. They were seven behind Wake Forest and 12 behind Tennessee.

TENNIS: Florida State's men lost to North Carolina 6-1 at home. Mat Cloer and Jarrod Owen won in doubles for the Seminoles. ... The USF men won 4-3 at Miami. Paco Antelo, Uli Kiendl, Nadim Naser and Jorge Escallon won singles matches for the Bulls. ... Florida State's women swept the singles matches to defeat Georgia Tech 6-3 at home.

TRACK: Florida's women won the SEC Quad Meet with 190 points. Megan Westfall won the pole vault at 12 feet, 3 1/2 inches as the Gators took the top four spots. Candice Scott led a sweep of the shot put with a 51-11 1/4. The men finished second to Tennessee.

ROWING: Central Florida won seven individual titles en route to winning its fifth consecutive state title at By-Pass Canal in Tampa. Tampa finished ninth, earning medals with third-place finishes in the women's varsity pair and women's freshman/novice lightweight four. Florida finished 10th.

GYMNASTICS: Minnesota's Clay Strother repeated as champion on the pommel horse and floor exercise at the NCAA championships in Norman, Okla. Stanford's Marshall Erwin won on rings, and teammate Dan Gill won the vault. California's Cody Moore won the parallel bars and Michigan's Daniel Diaz-Luong the high bar. ... Florida's women qualified for the NCAA meet by taking second in the Central Region meet in Baton Rouge, La., .55 points behind LSU.

-- Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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