Sports ShortsSTAYING AND GOING . . . Stanford evidently won't be losing as many players early to the NFL as previously thought. Linebackers Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov plus defensive end Ben Gardner all announced last weekend via Twitter that they will be returning to Stanford for another year. That trimmed the possible exodus in half because junior tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo plus redshirt junior cornerback Terrence Brown have announced their intentions to forego their final year at Stanford to make themselves available to the NFL draft. Brown, fifth on the team with 65 tackles, including three for a loss, announced his decision Tuesday with a statement through the Sports Information Department.
Ertz, an All-American, led the Cardinal in receiving this season with 69 receptions for 898 yards and six touchdowns. Toilolo caught 24 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
NEW JOB . . . Menlo College is losing a women's volleyball coach because the Stanford men's volleyball team is gaining a full-time assistant. Daniel Rasay, who has been a volunteer assistant at Stanford and the women's coach at Menlo the past three years, will assume new duties at Stanford effective immediately. Rasay departs Menlo after a remarkable 2012 season, in which the Oaks finished undefeated in Cal Pac Conference play and culminated in a trip to the NAIA National Championship. Rasay, a Hawaii grad, was named the Cal Pac Coach of the Year.
SPECIAL HONOR . . . Menlo School senior Drew Edelman will be honored during the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California induction ceremony on Jan. 27 in San Francisco. Edelman and four other student-athletes will receive an award during the induction ceremony, featuring basketball legend Rick Barry, NBA coach Herb Brown, San Francisco State football and basketball coach Vic Rowen, sports agent Matt Sosnick and sportswriter Art Spander. Edelman and her fellow award-winners will be honored in a ceremony at the Four Seasons in San Francisco at 5 p.m. Edelman is only the fourth recipient from the Peninsula. Previous athletes and sports figures inducted into the Hall of Fame include Harris Barton and Keena Turner of the San Francisco 49ers, former San Francisco Giants owner Bob Lurie, former Stanford athletes Sam Warburg (tennis) and Ben Wildman-Tobriner (swimming) and Stanford tennis benefactor Tad Taube. The Jewish Sports Hall of Fame committee, comprised primarily of current and former educators, selects the student honorees. Committee members weigh the student's application across the categories of athletic achievement, grade-point average, community service, student letter, letters of recommendation and extra-curricular activities. There are 14 Jewish Halls of Fame in the United States.