Roundup: There's a new leader in Eugene
The search is over in Eugene: Kelly Graves has been named the new women’s basketball coach at Oregon, the school announced Monday. Graves compiled a 317-176 record at Gonzaga in his 14 years there, taking the Bulldogs to the Elite Eight in 2011. And how about this? Point guard Johnathan Loyd will join the Oregon football team as a wide receiver.
In other basketball coaching news, Eric Musselman is leaving Arizona State. The Sun Devils’ associate head coach wants to be a head coach again (he was the guy in charge at Golden State and Sacramento in the NBA).
The search for a Cal basketball coach seems focused on two – Travis DeCuire and Russell Turner, according to John Crumpacker. Also, Jeff Faraudo lets us know that Sonny Dykes is adding more live scrimmaging this spring in Berkeley. Why? Because “We’ve got to learn how to play football,” the head coach said. Sounds like a good enough reason to me.
The AAC Huskies beat the Pac-12 Huskies in Seattle in December before going on to win the national championship Monday night with a 60-54 win over Kentucky, and Percy Allen describes for us five things Washington can learn from Connecticut.
While it won’t take the sting off losing in the Elite Eight, Arizona is No. 2 in CBS Sports’ 2014-15 ridiculously early preseason top 25. Stanford also checks in here at No. 25.
In another CBS Sports article… Jon Rothstein proclaims that Utah will be one of five teams to rise next season in college hoops (along with SMU, Maryland, Miami and Texas A&M).
This is interesting: Football coaches from Japan are attending UCLA spring practices. Keep an eye out for the Kyoto Gangsters, y’all.
Stewart Mandel takes a look at the new-look USC, because Steve Sarkisian is starting to make USC’s offense his own. Things’ll be a lil’ more fast-paced on that side of the ball in LA.
Some unfortunate news in Boulder, as the NCAA has denied Colorado running back Josh Ford a sixth year of eligibility. On the brighter side of things, Kyle Ringo reports that Ford is on track to graduate in May with a sociology degree.
Kevin Gemmell of ESPN’s Pac-12 Blog thinks Washington State’s defense will be a mixed bag in 2014 in part because of its youthful secondary.
Sure sounds like Mike Riley wants hitting, but not tackling, in Oregon State’s spring sessions.
Over on The Farm, Hideki Nakada has joined the Stanford women’s soccer staff. He was a goalkeeper in Japan’s J-League and will work with the Cardinal keepers under the watchful eye of Paul Ratcliffe.