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Greenberg visits with Oregon St.

By PETE YOUNG, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 8, 2002

TAMPA -- South Florida basketball coach Seth Greenberg met with Oregon State administrators Sunday and is one of at least six candidates for the Beavers' vacant coaching position.

Oregon State athletic director Mitch Barnhart said he spoke with Greenberg but would not comment further.

"I'm not confirming anything on anybody's visits, so where they're getting their information is beyond me," Barnhart told the Oregonian.

Oregon State is likely to wait until at least Tuesday to make a decision. When asked by the Oregonian if an announcement was imminent or if Greenberg was about to be hired, Barnhart said, "No."

Oregon State, located in Corvallis, about 85 miles southwest of Portland, 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 to take the New Mexico job on March 28.

Greenberg, who turns 46 on April 18, guided USF to a 19-13 record and an NIT appearance this season. He is 93-86 with two NIT appearances but no NCAA appearances in six seasons with the Bulls, and he was 105-70 in six seasons at Long Beach State.

According to the Oregonian, the other candidates for the Oregon State position are Division II Metro (Colo.) State's Mike Dunlap, Pacific's Bob Thomason, Cal State Northridge's Bobby Braswell, Arizona assistant Jay John and Seattle SuperSonics assistant and former longtime Temple assistant Dean Demopoulos.

Greenberg and his wife, Karen, were expected to return home from Oregon early this morning.

Report: Jeffries leaving

Indiana's Jared Jeffries will announce today his intention to enter the NBA draft, ESPN's Dick Vitale reported.

Jeffries, who just finished his sophomore season, was held in single figures in the national championship and semifinal games. The Big Ten's player of the year is expected to be drafted -- possibly as a lottery pick -- but some have expressed concerns about the strength of the 6-foot-10 forward.

WOODEN AWARD: Jason Williams of Duke, last year's runner-up, was given the honor as the nation's top male player.

BRADLEY: Jim Les, 38, a standout on the school's winningest team in 1985-86, was named coach.

CENTRAL MISSOURI STATE: Kim Anderson, the Big Eight player of the year in 1977 for Missouri, was named coach.

WASHINGTON: Forward Doug Wrenn, the Pac-10 newcomer of the year, said he will remain for his junior season rather than enter the NBA draft.

Hockey

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Adam Hauser heard the criticism throughout his four-year career, despite being the Golden Gophers' all-time leader in most goaltending categories.

Nobody's trying to discredit him now. He and his Minnesota teammates have a national title.

UM capped a stellar comeback Saturday with a 4-3 overtime victory against Maine, the Gophers' first title since 1979. For Hauser, it was a fitting end.

Strong through the first two periods, he let in two goals in the third as Maine took a 3-2 lead with less than a minute left.

It took a goal by Matt Koalska with 52.4 seconds remaining to tie and give the Gophers a chance to win in overtime on Grant Potulny's power-play goal.

Hauser was pulled at the end of regulation for a sixth attacker and watched the final minute from the bench. "I was just hoping that they score," he said. "When we did, it was just a feeling that I've been having for a while that our job's not quite done."

Hauser, who finished with 42 saves, popped out of the dressing room as Minnesota was celebrating and jokingly shouted to reporters: "How you like me now!?"

Saturday's game marked the fifth time in the past seven seasons the title game went to OT.

It also was a bitter end to an emotional season for the Black Bears. Maine was playing its season in honor of Shawn Walsh, its coach of 17 years, who died of cancer before the season. Walsh led the Black Bears to titles in 1993 and '99.

Baseball

FSU 9, MIAMI 7: Stephen Drew hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th to lead the Seminoles (30-11) in front of 4,096 at Dick Howser Stadium. Miami (18-15) took a 7-6 lead in the 13th after shortstop Drew's fielding error allowed Haas Pratt to score from third.

ALABAMA 6, FLORIDA 5: Travis Garner's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Crimson Tide over UF (24-10, 6-6 SEC).

TCU 7, USF 6: The Horned Frogs won the rubber game of the three-game series, rallying with a run in the top of the ninth against the Bulls (19-13, 7-5 C-USA).

Softball

FLORIDA: The visiting Gators lost the rubber game of their series 5-0 to Mississippi.

SAINT LEO: Wendy Geer's run-scoring single in the ninth lifted the visiting Lions to a 1-0 win over Lynn, which won the second game of the doubleheader 4-0.

TAMPA: Christ Exizian pitched a perfect game, lifting the Spartans to a 1-0 victory and a split of their doubleheader against Florida Tech. Tech won the first game 2-1.

Golf

STREAK CONTINUES: Arizona sophomore Lorena Ochoa won an NCAA-record seventh straight tournament, shooting 4-under 68 to win the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Ochoa, from Guadalajara, Mexico, finished the 54-hole event at 9-under 207, four ahead of Arizona State's Jimin Kang. Ochoa, an 11-time winner in her college career, has not shot over par in a final round this season and is a combined 22-under on the final day of the seven tournaments she has competed in. She spent the past three weeks playing LPGA Tour events.

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT: Florida State won the Ryder Florida Collegiate Championships in Miami Lakes, finishing with a three-round total of 900. Florida was second, 11 shots back, followed by USF at 918 and Miami at 930.

FLORIDA: The Gators tied for fourth at 851 at the Cleveland Golf Augusta State Invitational in Georgia. Tennessee won with 841.

Tennis

FLORIDA: The women's SEC home winning streak ended at 108 as Georgia took down the Gators 4-3. The Bulldogs clinched at least a tie for the SEC regular-season championship. ... The men dropped their third straight, falling to host Georgia 5-2.

FSU: The women fell to visiting Clemson 4-3 in the regular-season finale.

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

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