Roundup: Basketball season over in the Pac-12
The Pac-12 basketball season is officially over with Stanford’s 75-56 loss to UConn in the women’s Final Four Sunday night, and Tom FitzGerald writes that it was a tough way to go out for the Cardinal. It’s the end of an amazing career for Chiney Ogwumike (she reflected on her college career with our Jill Savage), and it’s also the end of the line for Mikaela Ruef. As her Cardinal career ended, Ruef said, “I can’t believe it’s been five years.”
Cal has interviewed UC Irvine coach Russell Turner for the head coaching vacancy left behind by Mike Montgomery. Turner was also an assistant under Montgomery at Stanford and Golden State.
Colorado athletic director Rick George says there is still work to do to reach the fundraising goal needed to get started on a facilities project in Folsom Field and the surrounding area.
Congrats to Utah for being one of three Pac-12 women’s gymnastics teams to advance to the NCAA championships (UCLA and Stanford are the others). However, it looks like Utah will be in a tough crowd at the NCAA championships, with Alabama, UCLA, Florida, Penn State and Nebraska in their session. Also, Sports Illustrated provides us with a Q&A with Dave Christensen, Utah’s new offensive coordinator.
Rugby is making a return to the Olympics in 2016, and Arizona State’s rugby program is hoping to capitalize on the sport’s momentum. The Sun Devils are hosting BYU (last year’s Varsity Cup national champion) on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz., in what is being called the Rugby Bowl.
Kavin Keyes and Jace Fry led the Beavers to a sweep of Stanford in Corvallis, winning the Sunday game 2-1 over the Card.
So there’s a chance that suspended Washington QB Cyler Miles could return this spring. He was the assumed frontrunner to claim the spot Keith Price left behind before his suspension. Right now, the Huskies are working with two quarterbacks this spring: Jeff Lindquist and Troy Williams.
With 14 scholarship players at safety or cornerback in town this fall (including all of the starters), UCLA is preparing for competition in the secondary.
While he was the commander-in-chief for the Trojans in their Las Vegas Bowl victory, Clay Helton has no problem reverting to assistant for Steve Sarkisian.
When it comes to Washington State spring football practice, Jacob Thorpe tells us that the young defenders are getting up to speed.
Time for a fan poll, y’all. Let’s rank the top 10 moments in the 2013-14 Arizona basketball season.