Roundup: More water balloon fights in Corvallis

Oregon State

This Pac-12 Networks interview with Oregon State head coach Mike Riley features footage of a water balloon fight, something that has become a tradition in Corvallis. Bonus link, because this story is so interesting: Sports helped teach self-confidence to Gavin Andrews. Great work here from Connor Letourneau of The Oregonian about the Beaver right tackle.

USC

USC fans suffered a few nervous hours when it was reported that arguably the best wide receiver in the country left practice with an apparent injury, but fear not, because Marqise Lee is due back soon.

Arizona State

This is the definition of beast mode: former Arizona State wrestler Anthony Robles will be appointed to a key administrative post by President Barack Obama. Robles will be on the president’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Awesome to hear for the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling champ at 125.

Stanford

Preparations on The Farm begin today for the 2013 season, so let’s take a look at The Bootleg’s Stanford football camp preview, with finding a new center being one of the chief concerns.

Washington State

The Cougs scrimmaged Sunday, and the quarterbacks were sharp in Washington State’s scrimmage. Leach’s boys are back in Pullman; “The Lewiston Experience,” as Christian Caple calls it, is over.

Colorado

Pretty cool feature from the Pac-12.com crew about Colorado football adopting a young boy who is suffering from a brain tumor as the Buffs prepare for the upcoming season.

Washington

Looking very much like Keith Price’s backup, redshirt freshman Cyler is Miles apart from the rest of the quarterbacks on the roster outside of Teeth (catchy headline, huh?). Gregg Bell compares one of Miles’ moves to something Ben Roethlisberger would have done on one play, so that’s some high praise.

California

California Golden Blogs gives us a report on practice No. 6 from Cal football camp. Sounds like all three quarterbacks (Austin Hinder, Zach Kline and Jared Goff, or, as CGB calls them, Klindergoff) are performing well.

Oregon

Of course, everyone raves about that fast-like-a-NASCAR Duck offense that features explosive playmakers Marcus Mariota and De’Anthony Thomas, but Jason Quick of The Oregonian writes that a deep and talented Oregon defensive line has what it takes to be remembered.

Utah

Let’s stay in the trenches for a lil’ bit, because the Utes will be smaller but quicker at defensive end thanks to Trevor Reilly and Nate Orchard (the artist formerly known as Nate Fakahafua).

UCLA

UCLA checks in at No. 30 on USA Today’s college football countdown. Paul Myerberg has been counting down from 125 since the spring, doing about team a day for the last three months. And these aren’t your bare-bones previews, either. Good, in-depth stuff.

Arizona

You know a school is a basketball school when the local newspaper’s major sports headline in August is about the hardwood and not the gridiron. So it should be no surprise that the folks in Tucson are giddy about this upcoming 2013-14 campaign, especially when the freshmen and athleticism may let Arizona basketball bolster its defense.

Inside Higher Ed did a Q&A session with Larry Scott about how to fix NCAA Division I. A lot of wisdom in here.