Roundup: Oregon slated No. 4 in preseason coaches poll
Oregon football is ranked fourth in the USA Today preseason coaches poll that was released Thursday. There are six Pac-12 teams in all in the preseason top 25: Oregon, UCLA (No. 7), Stanford (No. 11), USC (No. 15), Arizona State (No. 18) and Washington (No. 25). Oregon State and Arizona received votes, too. Also, Oregon is going to use scratch-and-sniff tickets for the upcoming football season #BecauseOregon.
Despite the major flooding in the gym and all over campus, UCLA AD Dan Guerrero says that Pauley Pavilion will be ready for basketball season. The women’s volleyball team was scheduled to play just one game at Pauley this season (Sept. 23 vs. USC). Also, Brett Hundley is on the Sports Illustrated cover.
Speaking at Bay Area college football media day Wednesday, Stanford wide receiver Ty Montgomery said he is aiming to play in the season opener Aug. 30 vs. UC Davis. Montgomery is rehabbing a shoulder injury, and his head coach David Shaw last week said that Montgomery would probably sit out the UC Davis game.
Another story to come out of Bay Area college football media day is this feature from Jeff Faraudo on the Cal defense, which was banged up all of last season but is healthy heading into 2014.
This news was reported a while ago, but now Tad Boyle has confirmed it: Providence transfer Josh Fortune will join the Colorado men’s basketball team. He has to sit out the 2014-15 campaign because of NCAA transfer rules.
Nice feature from Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times on USC offensive lineman Max Tuerk. Helfand details Tuerk’s preparations for moving to center, which includes a lot of film-watching (and eating).
How about this: former Utah lineman Jordan Gross has dropped 70 pounds after retiring from professional football. He is now a sideline reporter for the Carolina Panthers’ radio broadcasts. Other important news in this link? Star Lotulelei is growing a rat tail.
Here’s a look at the Washington State football fall practice schedule. The Cougs go 12 straight days in Lewiston before getting a day off.
ESPN ranks Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion as the 27th-best college football player in the nation, while Oregon's Hroniss Grasu is tied for 24th.
The Sporting News reviews a book co-written by Arizona State men’s basketball head coach Herb Sendek, taking a deeper look at his comments about the “transfer epidemic.” The book is called "Gen Y Now: Millenials and the Evolution of Leadership" (it was written in 2008 and updated for 2014).
Kyle Bonagura examines the Washington football non-conference schedule. The Dawgs get four out-of-league games this year because of their game at Hawai’i.
So who’s going to be the Arizona quarterback? That’s what the folks at the Arizona Daily Star are asking in this video.