Roundup: USC wins, Josh Shaw speaks about incident
The Trojans came out on top Thursday night in the Coliseum to improve to 7-3 and keep the heat on Arizona State in the Pac-12 South. Here's Kevin Gemmell's instant analysis of USC’s 38-30 win over Cal. Also, read this from Bill Plaschke on why USC cornerback Josh Shaw lied about jumping off a balcony, thus injuring himself, before the season started.
Heck of an effort from the Golden Bears in the second half, but let’s head over to the hardwood in Berkeley because new Cal basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is bringing a lot of energy. The Golden Bears open the regular season Friday night against Alcorn State.
Speaking of which, it is indeed the beginning of the regular season all around the college hoops world, and we’ve got Full Court Friday on the Pac-12 Networks, which you can also watch for free online. You can watch 10 Pac-12 teams lace ‘em up Friday evening, with coverage going from 4:30 p.m. PT until midnight.
But hey, let’s not forget about football, because there is a trio of games around the Conference of Champions on Saturday. The festivities start with Arizona-Washington at 12:30 p.m. PT/1:30 p.m. MT on FOX, and Anthony Gimino informs us that Arizona receiver Austin Hill has been making the most of his Hail Mary catch against Cal (“Hill Mary,” if you will). He hasn’t matched his 2012 numbers, but still, 33 grabs for 459 yards and four touchdowns is pretty legit, especially considering all the targets Anu Solomon has to choose from.
Meanwhile, Adam Jude of the Seattle Times compares Washington QB Cyler Miles to Arizona QB Anu Solomon, and the stats are closer than you'd think.
When the Cardinal welcomes Utah to The Farm (3 p.m. PT/4 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks), pride will be on the line for Stanford football, not to mention a potential bowl game in the Bay Area, writes Tom FitzGerald.
Interesting story here from Matthew Piper as he notes that Stanford tackle Kyle Murphy protected Utah quarterback Travis Wilson from sixth grade through high school, as the two were teammates growing up in San Clemente, Calif.
The Sun Devils must take care of Oregon State in Corvallis in the nightcap (7:45 p.m. PT/8:45 p.m. MT, ESPN) if they want to repeat as Pac-12 South champions. ASU cornerback Lloyd Carrington is looking to build off his game against Notre Dame, a contest in which he had a pick-six that led to him being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week. Thanks to Jeff Metcalfe of The Arizona Republic for the link.
Instead of giving you the Mike Riley perspective on the Devils-Beavs game, I suggest you read this story on Oregon State basketball freshman Chai Baker and how he is dealing with being unable to play at OSU since the Beavers have not cleared him following his collapse during a team workout in August. Sounds like coaching is on Baker’s mind now.
Interesting read on Washington State’s “Thursday Night Football,” a weekly scrimmage for redshirts and players unlikely to play in the upcoming game. Well done, Jacob Thorpe.
It sounds like Oregon center Hroniss Grasu could possibly “miss a couple of games,” if we are to take left guard Hamani Stevens’ word for it. Grasu went down with a leg injury against Utah.
Patience normally is not a focal point for the UCLA basketball program, but it's Steve Alford's key for the beginning of this season, writes Zach Helfland of the L.A. Times. The Bruins start their year Friday against Montana State (9 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks).
Last but certainly not least, hats off to Colorado women’s volleyball for beating undefeated Washington in five sets. Liz Kritza has worked wonders in Boulder.