Roundup: We talkin' 'bout garbage cans
With the NCAA's decision on Oregon football now more or less in the rear view mirror, we can now focus on more important things in life, like Oregon's sweet new football facilities featuring a duck throwing away a beaver on the garbage cans.
Let's do another check-in with some of the Pac-12ers who were taken in last Thursday's NBA Draft. Many were surprised and by this 'Zona freshman's decision to enter the draft early, but the Oklahoma City Thunder had an early interest in Grant Jerrett and acquired him in a trade with the Blazers on draft night.
Now that he is a pro, Shabazz Muhammad has set new ground rules with his father about his pops' involvement in his basketball life. 'Bazz was drafted 14th overall by the Jazz before being traded to Minnesota.
A day after being drafted by Cleveland, Carrick Felix was introduced as a Cavalier along with No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett at a press conference.
Looking at what happened on draft night, Percy Allen of the Seattle Times asks "did C.J. Wilcox make the right decision by returning to school?" He was projected to go anywhere from late in the first round to the middle of the second round before deciding to return to Romar and Friends.
It looks as though Joe Burton will be going international with his game. The former Oregon State fan favorite has been playing for the Salem Sabres of the International Basketball League along with former Beav Daniel Deane and is in talks with teams in Europe, Asia and Canada.
Because we (or, more accurately, I) were so concerned with Allen Crabbe last week, we (or, more accurately, I) forgot to tell you that Missy Franklin won two more gold medals at the U.S. national swimming championships Wednesday after winning the 100 meter free Tuesday. She'll be a Golden Bear in the fall.
Big ups to Spencer Dinwiddie, who was named to Team USA for the World University Games that begin Sunday in Russia. He is the only Pac-12er on the 12-man roster.
Kudos are also in order for former Ute Alex Jensen since he will join the Utah Jazz staff as the director of player development. Jensen was the NBA D-League Coach of the Year for 2012-13 as he led the Canton Charge to an East Division championship and the D-League playoffs (former Pac-12ers Jorge Gutierrez and Kyle Weaver played for him in Canton last year. Speaking of Kyle Weaver, I got his Oklahoma City Thunder jersey for Christmas one year, so that was tight).
Current Woman of Troy golfer Doris Chen made the cut at the U.S. Women's Open this weekend in Southampton, N.Y., and ended up tied for 50th at 15-over while former USCer Lizette Salas finished in a tie for 20th at 8-over. If it wasn't for a third-round 82, she would have been a top-5 contender.
Christian Caple revisits the Tanner Lancona situation and writes an interesting piece on how NLI's are letters of intent, not guarantees. If you don't remember, Lancona signed with Washington State and later reached a mutual agreement with the Cougs to leave the program after an April meeting with head coach Ken Bone. Lancona has since signed with Saint Louis.
Another year, another Director's Cup on The Farm. Last week, our Sarah Kezele sat down with Stanford AD Bernard Muir to discuss Stanford's 19th consecutive Director's Cup.