Roundup: Sark, Mariota and Mora make headlines
If we learned anything from yesterday’s introductory presser at USC, it’s that Steve Sarkisian won’t shy away from title talk, saying that he came to Troy to win championships. Also, former Trojan head honcho Pete Carroll is “thrilled” for Sarkisian, his former offensive coordinator. The current USC offensive coordinator, Clay Helton, will coach the Trojans in their upcoming bowl game.
While Sark was gettin’ his shine on, the Ducks announced that Marcus Mariota and Hroniss Grasu would return to Oregon for another season. Win the day, (try to) win the spotlight.
And you didn’t think UCLA would let USC have all the fun in the sun yesterday, did ya? The Bruins happened to announce some pretty big news themselves Tuesday, telling us all that Jim Mora and AD Dan Guerrero agreed on a contract extension through 2019 after all the media speculation about him potentially being a fit for Washington. What about the QB though? Brett Hundley is weighing his return to UCLA, saying he won’t make a decision until after UCLA’s bowl game.
But alas, let’s turn our attention towards that little matter known as the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. On the Cardinal side of things, Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney keeps getting better. Dude has run for more than 1,000 yards and has 11 touchdowns in his last seven contests.
On the other side of the coin, D.J. Foster and the Sun Devils are looking for redemption after losing to the Farm Boys 42-28 in September in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicated. It’s also a chance for Foster to get some significant carries with Marion Grice injured. And here’s our very own Kevin Zimmerman’s article on ASU being ready to avenge their loss to Stanford.
Now that the Huskies need a head coach, CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler writes that Washington could look to Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier. Nussmeier is no stranger to Montlake, having been the OC for the Dawgs from 2009-11.
In Arizona’s first game after a thrilling win over Duke in New York City last Friday, there was no letdown as the 'Cats eased Sean Miller’s worries in a 79-58 win over Texas Tech. No. 2 team in the country, y’all.
Linda Lappe’s Colorado women’s hoops team is undefeated and ranked 11th in the country (highest ranking in nine years), but the Buffs anticipate a hostile environment when they play at 4-1 Wyoming tonight. Also, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 28 last night to lead the men’s Buffs past Colorado State (or as Spencer once called them, “little brother”) 67-62.
Tough one to swallow last night for the Fighting Krystkowiak’s, as the Runnin’ Utes came up just short in a 69-67 loss to Boise State. Missed free throws will kill ya, and the Utes were just 8-for-15 from the foul line last night. Football-wise, the Utes aren’t far from contending despite a disappointing year in 2013, writes Mike Sorensen of the Deseret News.
At 6-6, the Cougars gotta troll for the best bowl, hoping to land in New Mexico potentially.
Some big news in Major League Baseball concerning Beavs fans, as former Oregon State star Jacoby Ellsbury is headed to the New York Yankees after agreeing to a seven-year, $153-million deal with the Bronx Bombers.