Roundup: Washington CB Marcus Peters dismissed from team
The University of Washington announced Thursday that cornerback Marcus Peters has been dismissed from the program. You can read the full transcript of what coach Chris Petersen had to say this morning about the dismissal, courtesy of Adam Jude.
The Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley writes that Arizona State can change its big-game image by beating Notre Dame. The Sun Devils have had some trouble in the national spotlight over the years, and Bickley points out that ASU is 0-4 under Graham against top-11 teams, losing those games by a combined 95 points.
Kyle Bonagura opines that Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday’s career should be celebrated, and I couldn’t agree more. Some nice haikus at the end of the piece from the whole ESPN Pac-12 Blog crew, but only Kyle’s has the correct seven syllables in the second line (because it matters).
Haiku violators Chantel Jennings and Kevin Gemmell analyze the Oregon football defense. The numbers say Oregon’s defense is 103rd in the nation – I know Michael Smith and Jemele Hill would say numbers never lie, but maybe these ones are deceiving?
USC cornerback Josh Shaw could still potentially return to the team this season, Steve Sarkisian told reporters earlier this week. Sark hasn’t ruled out a return just yet for the fifth-year senior who lied about jumping out of a balcony to save his nephew.
The Salt Lake Tribune informs us that Utah linebacker Gionni Paul has been playing through injury. Paul says he has a broken hand, something he suffered on a play in which he picked off Sean Mannion of Oregon State. His foot also isn’t 100 percent.
The Bootleg columnist Troy Clardy writes about the future of Stanford football as it looks in the mirror with a 5-4 record. Is this the end of a dominant era for the Cardinal?
UCLA safety Tahaan Goodman was an “enforcer” against Arizona, writes Jack Wang.
Switching gears to hoops, Colorado sophomore guard George King will redshirt this season, but Tad Boyle thinks he could be a starter in the future. Credit Brian Howell with the link.
Following his offseason collapse during workouts, Oregon State basketball player Chai Baker has not been medically cleared to play for the Beavers.
The Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe puts on his Lost Lettermen hat and features former Arizona basketball player Mohamed Tangara, who is trying to play in the D-League this year. He is in training camp with the Bakersfield Jam, the minor league team for the Phoenix Suns.
Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports considers Cal basketball’s Jabari Bird a breakout player to watch in the upcoming season. UCLA’s Tony Parker also makes Vecenie’s list.