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UCSB CANCELS WOMEN’S WATER POLO SEASON AFTER 10 COVID-POSITIVE CASES REPORTED

The Gauchos have already played eight games on their 2020-21 schedule and were scheduled to host the University of Hawai’i on Sunday. UCSB women have a record of 3 wins and 5 losses so far this season, and rank fifth in the Big West Conference as of today. Cal State Northridge’s players opted out of the 2021 season due to COVID concerns. -- SwimSwam

New SCORE initiative seeks more access for Black coaches in college soccer

Among the coaches and programs that have agreed to take part in the initiative are: Sasho Cirovski of the University of Maryland, Nick Carlin-Voight of the University of Portland (WCC), Chaka Daley from the University of Michigan (B1G), Terry Davila of Cal-State University at Northridge (Big West), Chris Gbandi from Northeastern University (CAA), Leo Griffin from the University of San Francisco (WCC), Kevin Grimes of the University of California, Berkeley (Pac-12), Ryan Hopkins from San Diego State University (Pac-12), Bobby Muuss from Wake Forest University (ACC), Bo Oshoniyi of Dartmouth College (Ivy) and Ray Reid from the University of Connecticut (Big East). -- ESPN

Clive Charles Diversity Initiative created

The CCI is an opt-inpledge by DI men's soccer programs to include a Black group of candidates for caoching vacancies. Eleven programs were announced as part of the first class: Sasho Cirovski – Maryland, Nick Carlin-Voigt - Portland, Chaka Daley – Michigan, Terry Davila – Cal-State Northridge, Chris Gbandi - Northeastern, Leo Griffin – University of San Francisco, Kevin Grimes – Cal, Ryan Hopkins – San Diego State, Bobby Muuss – Wake Forest, Bo Oshoniyi - Dartmouth, and Ray Reid - Connecticut. -- Top Drawer Soccer

Inland softball teams to watch during the 2021 season

The Titans are playing catch-up with others, as the Colton Joint Unified School district didn’t clear teams to begin conditioning and practicing until mid-March. Grand Terrance has a veteran squad led by senior infielders Nikki Barboza (Sacramento State), Priscilla Estrada (California Baptist) and Ashlyn Zermeno (St. Mary’s). Senior Jessica Hubbard (Cal State Northridge) is a standout in the circle. -- San Bernardino Sun

Long Beach State Notebook: Softball Pitching Staff Eclipses CSUN

Shannon Haddad, Kellie White, Morgan Quinlan, Samantha Fowler and Sophia Fernandez proved they’re the best pitching staff in the Big West this year by combining for three wins with a 0.00 ERA and 27 strikeouts during the weekend series sweep at Cal State Northridge. The Beach (12-5, 8-1) outscored the Matadors 24-4 in the three games. -- The562.org

A Team in Anguish, a Vote and a Season Relinquished

Among the women’s teams were prominent names — Duke, Virginia and Vanderbilt. Varied circumstances contributed to the decisions to cancel: Southern Methodist’s players had previously accused their coach, whose contract was not renewed last month, of abusive behavior; a Vanderbilt player developed a heart condition linked to the virus; Cal State Northridge did not have enough players. -- The New York Times

Who's the 'next Gonzaga?' There may never be another one

In April 2013, after hiring Reggie Theus as his new basketball coach, Cal State Northridge athletic director Brandon Martin audaciously told reporters, “We want to be the next Gonzaga.” Theus went 53-105 in five scandal-tainted seasons before he and Martin were fired. -- Yahoo Sports!

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