Roundup: Former Cardinal comes out, makes history
Former Stanford basketball player and current NBA center Jason Collins has come out and is now the first openly gay athlete currently playing in one of the major American team sports. The preceding is a link to a Sports Illustrated article written by him and Franz Lidz explaining his decision to come out now.
Using up all of the allowable time to make his decision, André Roberson has declared for the NBA Draft, forgoing his final year of college eligibility. Kyle Ringo of Buff Zone and Yahoo! Sports points out that Roberson's decision lowers the expectations for the Buffs in 2013-14, but there is still plenty of talent in Boulder for this team to make some noise next year.
The NFL Draft finished up Saturday, the same day somebody finally selected USC quarterback Matt Barkley. While many thought he could potentially be a late first-rounder this year and a top-10ish choice if he went out last year, Barkley was taken in the fourth round by the Eagles and former Oregon head honcho Chip Kelly.
Also going in the fourth round was "The Mayor" Johnathan Franklin, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the 125th pick. UCLA also had its Spring Showcase for football this past weekend, and Brett Hundley was the showstopper of the Bruins' showcase as the quarterback completed 16 of 23 passes for 179 yards, unofficially.
The Cardinal had three players selected in the NFL Draft this year - Zach Ertz went 35th overall to Philadelphia (joining Matt Barkley), Levine Toilolo went in the fourth round to Atlanta (joining Desmond Trufant) and Stepfan Taylor went in the fifth round to Arizona (joining the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu).
The Palouse saw one of its finest wide receivers drafted when the Chicago Bears selected Marquess Wilson in the seventh round. Wilson becomes the first Coug drafted since 2011, when Zack Williams went in the sixth round to Carolina.
In one of the more surprising developments of the 2013 NFL Draft, Matt Scott did not get picked, so he signed a free agent contract with the Jaguars instead.
Spring football also wrapped up for the Conference of Champions this weekend. Like UCLA, Oregon State called its "game" a Spring Showcase, and our Bryan Fischer writes that there was more consistency from the quarterbacks. One of those QBs, Sean Mannion, says it has been a good spring for him, while running back Chris Brown stole the show.
65-10 - what a whoopin'! That was the score of the Oregon spring game, but the score-keeping was heavily slanted towards the offense. So yeah, the offense won the day, but the defense is far from a concern. Also, the uniforms the Ducks wore for their spring game were pretty cool.
Utah's spring game was nine days ago, and the Utes are happy with their spring session. The offense looks much improved, especially up front.
Nobody was drafted from either of the Arizona schools (it's the first time in more than 50 years that has happened), meaning guys like Brandon Magee, Keelan Johnson and Josh Hubner went unselected. That said, Arizona State still made headlines late last week when it was announced that Notre Dame would host the Sun Devils at Cowboys Stadium Oct. 5 as part of the Irish's Shamrock Series in which they play home games across the country.
The dominance for Cal rugby continues as the Golden Bears bested Navy 74-6 in a Varsity Cup semifinal, setting up a date with BYU in the championship round next Saturday.
Husky Track opened up this weekend for a meet between the Cougs and Dawgs, and yeah, it really is purple. As far as the event is concerned, the Washington men and Washington State women came out victorious.
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