Roundup: Early Pac-12 football schedule is out
It's football time, y'all: The Pac-12 and Pac-12 Networks released their respective TV schedules for the early part of the 2014 football season Thursday morning. For those bored with baseball and basketball (shame on you), you are welcome.
As we head into the home stretch of the 2013-14 athletic calendar, Stanford is in first place in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, while USC is eighth and UCLA is ninth. The Cardinal is looking for its 20th straight Directors’ Cup.
Arizona State and football coach Todd Graham agreed to a contract extension through the 2018 season. According to Doug Haller, Graham will be getting a raise of $300,000 per year and will now be paid $2.7 million per season if the Board of Regents vote to approve it on June 6.
Let’s keep it going with the extensions, because Arizona extended Rich Rodriguez’s contract two years through 2019, raising his annual salary to $1.9 million (to be voted on by the Board of Regents in early June). Also, Sean Miller and Arizona agreed to a one-year extension.
Need your softball fix? The Associated Press gives us a Women’s College World Series preview as the top-seeded Ducks march into Oklahoma City. This is the first time in 28 years that only one Pac-12 team is in the WCWS. The Ducks start with Florida State at 11:30 a.m. PT Thursday.
Oregon State baseball’s Jace Fry, Ben Wetzler and Michael Conforto are first-team All-Americans. Also, Conforto and Fry also earned the top Pac-12 honors as Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The Beavs begin regional play Friday against North Dakota State.
Did you see that 50 Cent first pitch at the New York Mets game Tuesday? Well Matt Barkley struck back to a 50 Cent comparison on Twitter from a – guess who – UCLA fan. GREAT response from Barkley (UCLA fans might want to steer clear of this link).
Hall of Famer and former Washington basketball star Bob Houbregs died at 82 Wednesday morning. He led the Dawgs to their only Final Four in 1953.
What do you say we take a look at the key stretch of the 2014 Cal football season? Thank you, Uncle Ted.
CougCenter tells us that Washington State’s game against Nevada will be on ESPN for a Friday night kickoff.
Nice: Colorado women’s basketball will open 2014-15 in the preseason WNIT. Other big-name schools in it are Penn State and West Virginia.
Bruins Nation provides a link on UCLA football using drones to develop a “clear perspective.” Included in the link is an ESPN video feature on it.
Nice story from the Salt Lake Tribune here on Rosalie Waller rising from a walk-on to the Utes’ leader in the track & field program. Waller will compete at the NCAA west preliminaries in the 800 meters.