Roundup: Dana Altman was the right choice for Oregon all along

Oregon

The Sweet 16 kicks off Thursday in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and Oregon is carrying the Pac-12 banner (there are four teams on the women’s side). As the Ducks get ready for Duke (7:07 p.m. PT/8:07 p.m. MT, TBS), Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports opines that Dana Altman was the right coach for Oregon all along, even though he wasn’t the Ducks’ first choice. The story of ow Altman landed in Eugene is an interesting read.

Washington

Washington basketball freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray announced their plans to enter the NBA draft Wednesday on Twitter. The two plan to hire an agent, which means they won’t be able to change their mind and come back to UW.

Arizona State

Arizona State basketball forward Savon Goodman is leaving the program, Doug Haller reported Wednesday. As a graduate transfer, Goodman can play immediately elsewhere.

Stanford

Former Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins was formally introduced as UCF’s head basketball coach Thursday, and here’s what the Associated Press had to write about it.

UCLA

Jack Wang conducts a Q&A with UCLA athletics director Dan Guerrero on the state of UCLA basketball, among other topics. Very in-depth.

Utah

Utah women’s basketball lost a WNIT third-round game to Oregon 73-63 behind 34 points from the Ducks’ Lexi Bando. The Utes end their first season under head coach Lynne Roberts at 18-15 (The Salt Lake Tribune).

Oregon State

Oregon State safety Justin Strong is transferring to Montana, it was announced Tuesday by Montana (Nick Bromberg of Yahoo! Sports on the link). Strong started eight games at safety for the Beavers in 2015.

USC

Kyle Bonagura lets us know that NFL teams are more interested in Su’a Cravens at safety. The Trojan draft prospect played a lot at linebacker for USC.

Washington State

Here’s a spring football preview for Washington State whipped up by Bonagura. The Cougs’ spring game is April 23 on Pac-12 Network.

California

David Lombardi catches up with head football coach Sonny Dykes and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital to talk about changing Cal’s offense.

Arizona

Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star updates us on Anu Solomon and the Arizona quarterback competition. Solomon sounds like his own worst critic, calling himself “complacement” and saying he hadn’t been making good reads during spring practice.

Colorado

As Colorado women’s lacrosse gets ready to take on powerhouse Northwestern Friday, Colorado coach Ann Elliott is excited for her homecoming and the challenge of playing a program that has won seven national championships (three with Elliott on the roster and another three with her on the coaching staff). Credit to BuffZone.com’s Pat Rooney for the link.

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