Roundup: Cal has its new basketball coach
Breaking news from Berkeley, as former Tennessee head man Cuonzo Martin is the new head coach at Cal. Martin went 63-41 at Tennessee and took the Vols to the Sweet 16 this year. He replaces the retired Mike Montgomery.
Mucho props to Chiney Ogwumike for going first overall to the Connecticut Sun in the 2014 WNBA draft. Not only does this give Stanford two No. 1 overall picks in the last three WNBA drafts (and four No. 1 overall picks in the last three years in major American pro sports drafts), but it means that Chiney will not be reunited with big sis Nneka, who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks. And, as Kate Bennert points out for WNBA.com, Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike will now have a coast-to-coast sibling rivalry. Also, let’s go behind the scenes with Chiney Ogwumike on draft day, courtesy of Laken Litman of For the Win. Big ups to the others who were drafted Monday night: Utah’s Michelle Plouffe at 19 to Seattle, USC’s Cassie Harberts at 20 to Atlanta, Cal’s Gennifer Brandon at 22 to Chicago and Stanford’s Mikaela Ruef at 31 to Seattle.
Both Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon have left for the NBA. Johnson and Gordon were the top two scorers, respectively, for the Wildcats in 2013-14. Coach Sean Miller thanked them both for their contributions at a press conference Wednesday, saying, "It's been a fun ride."
Well, here is one guy who is coming back: Nigel Williams-Goss is returning to Washington “after a brief flirtation with the NBA,” as Percy Allen puts it. (He didn’t apply for early entrance but did gather info on his draft prospects.)
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Ute Tribe and University of Utah have reached a new agreement for the school’s continued use of the Ute name and drum and feather logo for sports teams. Also part of the agreement is that the school will put forth efforts to encourage more Ute students to attend the university.
Arizona State is beginning the Sun Devil Stadium renovation, which will cost $225 million and continue through the 2017 offseason, according to the Arizona Republic.
This is pretty cool: Former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell is reuniting with Mike Leach at Washington State, although he won’t necessarily be a coach because Leach already has a full staff.
While Brett Hundley is still in town, UCLA is beginning the search for its next starting quarterback because Hundley has asserted that he expects be off to the NFL after the 2014 season. A couple of guys to keep an eye on here are Jerry Neuheisel and Asiantii Woulard.
Former Oregonian and current Sports Illustrated writer Lindsay Schnell whips up an Oregon State article for old times’ sake, letting us know that new offensive coordinator John Garrett is working to refine Oregon State’s offense this spring.
With Bralon Addison out with an ACL tear, the Ducks are now looking to other receiving options. Here are some options: Keanon Lowe and Chance Allen are pure receivers, while tight ends John Mundt and Pharaoh Brown and RBs Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall could also be called upon in the passing game.
So Mike MacIntyre pointed out eight Colorado players for impressive springs, and here they are (in no particular order): Phillip Lindsay (RB), Daniel Munyer (OG), Bryce Bobo (WR), Alex Kelley (C, G), Kenneth Olugbode (LB, Go Bells), Josh Tupou (DT), Derek McCartney (DE) and Ryan Moeller (DB).
New USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson is mic’d up in this link, provided to us by the reliable Jordan Moore of the Ripsit Blog.