Roundup: Will Ferrell crashes Pete Carroll's USC speech
Former Trojan football coach Pete Carroll criticized the NCAA after an appearance at USC last night, speaking at Bovard Auditorium. But the evening wasn't all serious as USC alum Will Ferrell crashed Carroll's speech and kicked a field goal into the crowd.
Wednesday night's Pac-12 slate started with the Wildcats’ 87-59 pasting of Cal, and Raphielle Johnson took away from the game that No. 3 Arizona is finding its collective rhythm offensively.
By defeating Stanford 76-64 Wednesday night in Tempe, Arizona State earned a much-needed win against the Card considering how poorly they played on the road the week before. The Sun Devils are now at 20 wins and pretty close to a lock for the NCAA tournament.
Oregon State-USC is one of two 8 p.m. PT tilts Thursday night in Pac-12 men's hoops action, and the Beavers are careful not to overlook the struggling Trojans, especially since they needed overtime to beat USC at home the first time around. Check out FOX Sports 1 for this bad boy.
One more thing from our buddy Raphielle Johnson at College Basketball Talk: He considers Joseph Young to be one of the top-10 shooters in the country, along with Jason Calliste. Ducks got a big one at UCLA Thursday night at 8 p.m. PT on ESPN2.
It never hurts to have solid production from your reserves, and UCLA’s three-man bench provides an energy boost to the squad (those three being Bryce Alford, Zach LaVine and Tony Parker).
Instead of lamenting Wednesday’s loss, let’s tell ya that Stanford AD Bernard Muir was named to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, and his term will begin Sept. 1.
The fact that Colorado's RPI is holding steady validates its scheduling strategy. It's currently at 26, which puts them safely inside the field of 68 for the moment. Also, Tad Boyle is "hopeful" Tre'Shaun Fletcher will play at Utah. He has not played since Jan. 12.
Nice feature here from the Spokesman-Review on Tia Presley driving the Cougars, as she has Washington State women's hoops at 9-7 in conference play. Cougs can wrap up a winning conference season with a split on the road in the Bay Area, which won't be easy by any stretch of the imagination. June Daugherty and friends begin their trip Thursday night at Cal, and you can watch the game at 6 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks.
Utah QB Travis Wilson talked on “Pac-12 Football Weekly” about being cleared for non-contact spring drills, and here’s a clip of it for you. In other Utah quarterback news, the Utes announced Wednesday that former Oklahoma signal-caller Kendal Thompson is transferring to Utah.
Cal’s Missy Franklin is nominated for world sportswoman of the year. Right now, her Bears are tied for first with Stanford after the first day of the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming Championships. Czech out our Sarah Kezele on the coverage all championships long from Federal Way, y’all.
With Washington spring practice starting Tuesday, Adam Jude takes a look at four key position battles in his Husky spring football preview.