Roundup: Tinkle ready to make OSU basketball relevant again

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Oregon State

Lindsay Schnell of Sports Illustrated writes that new head coach Wayne Tinkle is ready to make Oregon State basketball relevant again.

UCLA

UCLA has announced plans for a new basketball practice facility, which is estimated to cost between $30 and $40 million.

USC

Friday is the final day of the 2014 NCAA women’s golf championships, and USC sits in second heading into the final day. Steve Langsam has the rest of the Pac-12 field covered in that link as well.

Washington

Gregg Bell does it again, this time getting unleashed on Washington softball’s intrepid pair of aces, Kaitlin Inglesby and Bryana Walker. The Dawgs have headed to Florida to take on the Gators in super regional play beginning Saturday; winner goes to the Women’s College World Series.

Oregon

The No. 1 Oregon softball team also begins super regional play Saturday (taking on Minnesota) and head coach Mike White says a new stadium “can’t happen soon enough.” Howe Field is 78 years old.

California

Some Cal football players visited San Quentin State Prison recently, giving the Cal players an inside look at the benefits of living on the outside. This is a really good read.

Arizona

Kevin Gemmell informs us that center Steven Gurrola keeps Arizona’s offensive line moving. There will be a new starting quarterback and feature back, but at least the Wildcats return four starters on the O-line. Also, Jon Rothstein believes that Arizona men’s basketball owns the Pac-12 due to defections from other contending teams in the conference (and its own stock of talent, of course).

Colorado

In track and field news, 18 Buffs qualified for the NCAA prelims, which will be held May 29-31 in Arkansas. Keep an eye on Shalaya Kipp, who turned in the second fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in the world this season (she’s the No. 1 seed in that event, obvi).

Arizona State

Arizona State baseball concludes its regular season with Washington State, so let’s get a little dugout chatter with coach Tim Esmay.

Stanford

Stanford has won 19 consecutive Directors’ Cups, and GoStanford.com gives us a Directors’ Cup rewind to 1995-96. Recognize that guy in the picture above the headline?

Utah

The Deseret News ranks the best NBA and ABA players to come from NCAA Division I schools in Utah. Not surprisingly, Utah has the most guys on the list, including the top dude (Tom Chambers, sorry to spoil it).

Washington State

The ESPN Pac-12 Blog tabs wide receiver Vince Mayle as Washington State’s spring breakout player. He can certainly be Connor Halliday’s No. 1 option in 2014.

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