Roundup: Mariota a Heisman finalist; Scooby and Kendricks win hardware
No surprise here – Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy on Monday. Joining him in New York will be Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.
Sweet! Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Monday night, and now he will travel to Houston for the Lombardi Award presentation on Wednesday. Way to go, two-star Scoob.
And props to UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, who won the Butkus Award. Also, UCLA and Kentucky men’s basketball are starting a home-and-home series that will begin next season.
Sounds like Oregon State is looking at Eastern Washington coach Beau Baldwin to fill in the football head coaching vacancy left behind by Mike Riley. Additionally, here’s a letter from Oregon State AD Bob De Carolis on the coaching search.
Former Stanford running back Darrin Nelson will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame Tuesday, and here’s a little write-up on it courtesy of Stanford Athletics.
Well-done by the folks in Pullman, starting #WSUrumors after nixing the Mike Leach-to-Houston rumor that started on Sunday. Story credit to Kyle Bonagura.
The epicenter of Pac-12 basketball is Berkeley this week, as Tyrone Wallace was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on the men’s side and Brittany Boyd was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for women’s hoops.
Let’s take a look at the bowl gifts USC and Nebraska are getting for playing in the Holiday Bowl.
Washington men’s basketball coach Lorenzo Romar commented on his Huskies being ranked 17th in the nation following a 49-36 pasting of San Diego State, saying “it’s a lot of fun.”
The Salt Lake Tribune tells us that Utah men’s basketball is shooting 100 free throws a day (at least) in practice. Charity stripe efficiency has been a struggle for the Runnin’ Utes early on.
As Jeff Metcalfe points out, Arizona State women’s basketball is No. 2 in the RPI but not ranked in the AP poll.
Brian Howell tells us that Colorado men’s basketball is trying to become more consistent. The Buffs are going to have to play a full 40 against 8-0 Colorado State if they want to improve to 6-2.