Roundup: Clay gets the gig
After leading USC past UCLA and into the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, Clay Helton has been named USC’s full-time head football coach. Helton was 5-2 as the interim man in charge.
The other Pac-12 Football Championship Game participant, Stanford, has been named a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, which goes to the best offensive line in the nation. That’s cool, but how ‘bout that thrilling win over Notre Dame? Ted Miller writes that “what-ifs linger” after the Stanford-Notre Dame game. Can Stanford sneak its way into the College Football Playoff if it defeats the Trojans a second time?
Cal football will open the 2016 season in Australia against Hawai’i on Aug. 27 in the Sydney Cup. Some win for the Golden Bears on Saturday night – I had the pleasure of listening to Joe Starkey call the final eight minutes of that back-and-forth 48-46 triumph over Arizona State.
After UCLA’s disappointing performance against SC, Jack Wang writes that the upcoming bowl game gives UCLA an opportunity to find the “right direction” for next season.
Ken Goe of The Oregonian/OregonLive discusses how Oregon should fix its issues on defense after the Ducks’ 52-42 Civil War victory over Oregon State.
Kevin Hampton of Corvallis Gazette-Times fame believes that Oregon State can use the Civil War loss as a springboard for next season. The Beavers trailed by 24 at the half before making the Ducks sweat it out a bit in the fourth.
Matthew Piper notes that Utah football awaits its postseason destination following a 9-3 regular season capped off by a 20-14 win over Colorado. The Utes went 6-3 in Pac-12 play, its best league record since joining the Conference of Champions.
Looking back at the 45-10 loss to Washington, The Spokesman Review staff writers Jacob Thorpe and Jim Allen detail yet another slow start for Washington State in the Apple Cup. Wazzu has scored just 23 points in four first halves against the Dawgs under Mike Leach.
Chantel Jennings writes that it was another close call against an upper-tier Pac-12 team for Colorado Saturday in the six-point defeat to Utah.
Washington women’s volleyball clinched a share of the Pac-12 title with USC by sweeping Washington State. Seven Pac-12 teams are headed to the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament (USC, Washington, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon), and USC claimed the top overall seed.
Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports writes that Allonzo Trier got going in Arizona basketball’s 68-59 win over Boise State in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy, scoring 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting off the bench.
Arizona State men’s basketball outlasted UC Santa Barbara 70-68 on a last-second game-winning putback from Eric Jacobsen.
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