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February 25, 1987
Marina High School center Mark Georgeson and Ocean View forward Ricky Butler were named co-most valuable players in the Sunset League in a vote of the league's boys' basketball coaches. Georgeson, who has signed with the University of Kentucky, averaged 16.5 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Butler, who signed with the University of Kansas, averaged 12.8 rebounds and shot 55% from the field. Marina Coach Steve Popovich, who led the Vikings to the league title, was named the coach of the year.
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October 2, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Ricky Butler, a former UC Irvine basketball standout, is playing professionally in Israel for a team in the city of Rehovoth, said Butler's agent, Guy Zucker. Butler also has signed a one-year contract with the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Assn., but the contract is not binding unless he reports to the team's camp.
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August 14, 1991
Ricky Butler of UC Irvine was drafted Tuesday by the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Assn. Butler, a 6-foot-7 center, was selected in the seventh round. He averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds for UCI last season. After a standout career at Ocean View High School, Butler signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas. However, he failed to meet academic requirements and sat out his freshman season after transferring to UCI. Butler was a three-year starter for Irvine.
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August 14, 1991
Ricky Butler of UC Irvine was drafted Tuesday by the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Assn. Butler, a 6-foot-7 center, was selected in the seventh round. He averaged 17.8 points and 8.4 rebounds for UCI last season. After a standout career at Ocean View High School, Butler signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas. However, he failed to meet academic requirements and sat out his freshman season after transferring to UCI. Butler was a three-year starter for Irvine.
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August 11, 1987 | JIM McCURDIE, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Butler, the former Ocean View High School forward, will attend UC Irvine this fall and will be eligible to join the Anteater basketball team for the 1988-89 season, Irvine Coach Bill Mulligan confirmed Monday night. Butler was a three-time selection to The Times' All-Orange County team. He had been expected to attend the University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship, but failed to meet the school's academic requirements.
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October 2, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Ricky Butler, a former UC Irvine basketball standout, is playing professionally in Israel for a team in the city of Rehovoth, said Butler's agent, Guy Zucker. Butler also has signed a one-year contract with the Rapid City Thrillers of the Continental Basketball Assn., but the contract is not binding unless he reports to the team's camp.
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August 10, 1987 | JIM McCURDIE
Former Ocean View High School forward Ricky Butler is expected to announce tonight that he will attend UC Irvine beginning this fall. Butler was to attend the University of Kansas on a basketball scholarship, but he failed to meet the university's academic admission standards. Irvine Coach Bill Mulligan said last week that he had expected Butler to announce a decision Sunday about where he would enroll.
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February 3, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Butler lost a year of eligibility because of Proposition 48 and gained about 30 pounds in the process. He started the season as a third-string power forward, endured the fat jokes, and slowly worked his way into the starting lineup. And Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton, the 6-foot 7-inch sophomore, who is down to 254 pounds, turned in the kind of performance that until now had only been a vision in Irvine Coach Bill Mulligan's daydreams.
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January 27, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That was the new Ricky Butler on the court at the Bren Center Saturday. "A selfish guy," Butler said, his smile spreading wide. Butler's 32 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs, helped his UC Irvine teammates break a four-game losing streak with a 92-87 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton, which has lost five of its past six games. "I just wanted to show the new me," said Butler, a 6-7 senior center.
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February 3, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Butler lost a year of eligibility because of Proposition 48 and gained about 30 pounds in the process. He started the season as a third-string power forward, endured the fat jokes--("Hey Ricky, if you can't guard him, eat him!")--and slowly worked his way into the starting lineup.
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April 18, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD
Jeff Herdman and Ricky Butler, who were honored as UC Irvine's most valuable players at the basketball banquet Tuesday, have played their last games for the Anteaters. But they are still working out, in hopes that their careers aren't over. Bill Mulligan, the Anteaters' coach until his retirement at the end of the season, said all year that Herdman and Butler would be playing somewhere next year. The question is where.
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January 27, 1991 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
That was the new Ricky Butler on the court at the Bren Center Saturday. "A selfish guy," Butler said, his smile spreading wide. Butler's 32 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs, helped his UC Irvine teammates break a four-game losing streak with a 92-87 Big West Conference victory over Cal State Fullerton, which has lost five of its past six games. "I just wanted to show the new me," said Butler, a 6-7 senior center.
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November 30, 1990 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
People know Ricky Butler not so much because of who he is, but because of who he was going to be, and what has happened along the way. "People still say, 'You went to Ocean View, you're the guy . . . " Butler said. "I say, 'Yeah, that's me.' " There was a time when you could imagine Butler standing at the free-throw line in the NCAA tournament with two shots coming and a trip to the Final Four in the balance. Butler imagined it, or at least imagined his college team winning the NCAA title.
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November 26, 1990 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They call him Showbiz, and there's no business like trying to stop him. Marc Brown is Siena's extraordinary point guard, a slight senior who danced and slithered his way to a triple-double in a 119-108 victory over UC Irvine Sunday.
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December 17, 1989 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
UC Irvine's basketball team, trying to solve the mystery of its worst start in school history, found part of the answer Saturday night. And it was the Butler who did it. Ricky Butler scored 18 of his career-high 28 points in the first half and Justin Anderson added 15 of his 17 in the second half as the Anteaters beat San Diego State, 75-62, before a crowd of 2,130 at the Bren Center. The Anteaters (2-5) broke a three-game losing streak and ended a five-game winning string by the Aztecs (5-3).
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February 18, 1989 | Gene Wojciechowski
Well, it's official: No more Ricky Butler fat jokes allowed. The former prince of pork rinds, duke of double dips, earl of eclairs, baron of burritos is hereby released from all heckling sessions. The wait for his weight to drop is complete. The Chunkster Dunkster, now at a more manageable 250 pounds, has left the state of portly and is on his way to pleasingly plump.
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February 18, 1989 | Gene Wojciechowski
Well, it's official: No more Ricky Butler fat jokes allowed. The former prince of pork rinds, duke of double dips, earl of eclairs, baron of burritos is hereby released from all heckling sessions. The wait for his weight to drop is complete. The Chunkster Dunkster, now at a more manageable 250 pounds, has left the state of portly and is on his way to pleasingly plump.
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December 22, 1988 | John Weyler
Anyone who saw Ricky Butler play basketball at Ocean View High School knew he was going to be good a college player. There just weren't any doubts. At 17, Butler already looked like a man playing with boys. Surely he was one of those athletes destined to make the transition from high school All-American to freshman impact player in one easy step. But for Ricky Butler, nothing seems to come easily anymore . . . except maybe gaining weight.
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February 3, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Butler lost a year of eligibility because of Proposition 48 and gained about 30 pounds in the process. He started the season as a third-string power forward, endured the fat jokes, and slowly worked his way into the starting lineup. And Thursday night at Cal State Fullerton, the 6-foot 7-inch sophomore, who is down to 254 pounds, turned in the kind of performance that until now had only been a vision in Irvine Coach Bill Mulligan's daydreams.
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February 3, 1989 | JOHN WEYLER, Times Staff Writer
Ricky Butler lost a year of eligibility because of Proposition 48 and gained about 30 pounds in the process. He started the season as a third-string power forward, endured the fat jokes--("Hey Ricky, if you can't guard him, eat him!")--and slowly worked his way into the starting lineup.
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