Roundup: Arizona football has a 'Licence to Thrill'

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Arizona

First, it was “Hard Edge.” Then it was “Speed.” Now it’s “Licence to Thrill,” the new Arizona football video featuring Rod, RichRod.

Utah

Fun article here from Matthew Piper on Utah football growing roots in the Miami area and how “the U” has a different meaning down there. I made the mistake of referring to Miami (FL) as “The U” in a link roundup in 2012 and didn’t hear the end of it from you faithful Ute fans on Facebook…

Oregon

Now that he’s officially on the roster, get to know Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams thanks to this Pac-12 Networks video feature. While we’re on the subject, Anne M. Peterson of the AP reports on the quarterback battle between Adams and Jeff Lockie, writing that the Ducks are going to let it play out.

Arizona State

Very nice – Arizona State men’s basketball added Stephen F. Austin to its nonconference schedule for the upcoming season. The Sun Devils are scheduled to play the Lumberjacks, a team that won 29 games last year, on Dec. 22.

Washington State

Clemson transfer Kyrin Priester can play for Washington State this season after winning his appeal, reports Jacob Thorpe. The receiver is likely to get serious burn for the Cougs this year and Thorpe sounds pretty high on the guy.

Washington

Washington offensive lineman Dexter Charles retired due to a lingering knee injury, the school announced Monday.

Oregon State

In more hardwood news, Oregon State basketball freshman Tres Tinkle is recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot. Danny Moran of The Oregonian reports that Tinkle will probably be cleared to return to the court next week. Also, check out this OSUBeavers.com profile of Oregon State offensive lineman Drew Clarkson, who fought through testicular cancer in high school.

USC

FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman names USC football’s Adoree’ Jackson the No. 5 “freak” in college football (that’s what happens when you moonlight as the Pac-12 long jump champ). Baylor DL Shawn Oakman gets Feldman’s No. 1 nod.

UCLA

He’s quite the talent, but it doesn’t sound like Myles Jack will be returning kicks for UCLA this year, special teams coordinator and linebackers coach Scott White said Monday. Jack has returned kicks in training camp but White says it’s just something they’re “toying with.”

Stanford

David Lombardi writes about the re-emergence of the tight end position at Stanford during preseason camp. Last year saw a major bump up in production from the group compared to 2013, but still nowhere near what the group gave the Stanford offense from 2010-12.

Colorado

Former Colorado defensive lineman Chidera Uzo-Diribe is happy in his new role with the Buffs as a recruiting intern, reports Brian Howell.

California

Former Cal soccer star Alex Morgan aired her grievances about poor hotel accommodations in the NWSL. Working in the D-League, I have a little experience with less-than-luxurious hotel rooms, to put it nicely (looking at you, Hacienda and Don Hall’s Guest House).

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