Lindsay Gottlieb had barely gotten done talking to her California team about ignoring any outside NCAA tournament chatter when she learned President Barack Obama had picked her Golden Bears to reach the Final Four.
Getting by rival Stanford in the process, no less.
Her players quickly texted and teased. And, now, there's no way the coach won't let them enjoy the ultimate compliment - for a little while, at least. Even Gottlieb herself was giddy, calling her retired judge father, Stephen, and waking him late Tuesday on the East Coast.
''We could win a lot of games and my father will still be more probably excited if the president is talking about it,'' Gottlieb said, chuckling during a Wednesday conference call. ''With everything that's happened this year you kind of try not to get too excited about things, but I'm a child of a political family and that was pretty cool. It's funny, literally my message to the team yesterday was, `Anything that you hear from the outside, good or ba...