800px-south-bend-college-football-hall-of-fame-blocking.jpg Remember the bizarre story about Stanford University reject, Azia Kim? She spent 8 months convincing everyone she was a student at the Palo Alto campus before being busted by their housing department last May. The incident sparked an online sensation among college kids nationwide–especially here at UC Berkeley. Many students even wondered if such brazen trickery occurs on our own campus. Fortunately, the Clog now has an answer: “Yes, it does occur. Kind of. Almost.”

Meet Kevin Hart, an offensive lineman from Nevada who told his hometown reporters that Jeff Tedford wanted him bad. To put it briefly, people didn’t believe it and eventually revealed Hart’s recruitment story to be a complete fabrication by Hart himself (though he initially said someone probably conned him.)

You may be tempted to call him the Azia Kim of Cal athletics, but his con only lasted a few days. To mention both impostors in the same breath would totally dishonor Kim’s impressive 8-month stint, especially since Hart’s plan was condemned to failure the moment he made the absurd claim.

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There must be something in the water here at Cal that lets most coaches stay on with their teams, instead of bolting for greener pastures.

Wednesday, Cal women’s basketball coach Joanne Boyle turned down an offer to coach at her alma matter, Duke, and stay with the Bears until 2014.

That’s pretty huge, especially since Boyle was the Blue Devils top choice.

What could have made her stay with Cal? No one knows except for Boyle, (and maybe her dog, if she has a dog).

Like we said earlier in the week, we thought she was good as gone. If we were her, there was no way we’d turn down Duke, a chance to coach for a national championship next year or Coach K.

Sure, maybe someday Boyle will have the Bears just as good as the North Carolina’s, the UConn’s and the Tennessee’s of women’s basketball. (Okay, maybe not Tennessee). But to us it’s still pretty odd to see Boyle back at Haas Pavilion. She would have been an automatic contender next year if she signed with the Blue Devils. Instead, she’s going to have to continue to build at Cal.

On a side note, this is huge for athletic director Sandy Barbour, who staved off two possible coaching defections this year. First, and more importantly, keeping Jeff Tedford around was huge. Now Boyle’s still around. Looks like Barbour knows what she’s doing.

Earlier: Boyle Reportedly on Duke’s Short List

Boyle Says No to Duke, Signs Seven Year Extension With Cal [Daily Cal]