Roundup: Attendance figures up for Oregon men's basketball
Attendance for Oregon men’s basketball games increased by 20 percent this past season as opposed to the 2014-15 campaign, Tyson Alger of The Oregonian/OregonLive tells us. Student attendance increased by 31 percent.
How’s this for a Throwback Thursday? On May 11 and (12th), 1991, Utah softball lost to Creighton in a 31-inning marathon that lasted six hours and 25 minutes in what is the longest softball game in NCAA history. If that wasn’t enough, the two teams had to play Game 3 of the WAC Championship 30 minutes later, and Utah won that one 4-3 in only 25 innings to secure the WAC title and auto bid. The game ended at 6:10 a.m., probably just in time to see the sun rise. In that first game, Utah CF Charnelle Green went 7-for-12 at the plate, while Laurel Simmons went 4-for-14.
The Buffalo Bills signed cornerback Kevon Seymour Wednesday, making the former USC Trojan the first member of the Bills’ 2016 draft class to be under a signed contract.
UNC Asheville men’s basketball transfer Dylan Smith announced that he has committed to Arizona. Assuming he is indeed headed to Tucson, Smith will sit out next year and will have three years of eligibility remaining with the start of the 2017-18 campaign. He averaged 13.5 points per game last year to lead the Bulldogs as a freshman.
Adam Jude lets us know that former Washington football players are raising money to build a statue of Don James outside Husky Stadium. The group has already raised about $70,000 and wants to raise another 80 grand. Visit DonJamesStatue.com if you want to donate.
Colorado has hired Steve Englehart as the new strength coach for men’s basketball, Pat Rooney notes. Englehart is no stranger to Boulder, having spent the past five years as an assistant director of sports performance for Colorado football while also working with the tennis, soccer and women’s golf teams.
Kevin Hampton of the Corvallis Gazette-Times gives us the lowdown on Oregon State softball’s big series against Arizona State. At 28-18-1 and 7-14 in the Pac-12, the Beavers have NCAA tournament aspirations.
Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group opines that Klay Thompson “showed his mettle” in Golden State’s series-clinching victory over Portland. Thompson was en fuego Wednesday night, scoring 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting and hitting six of nine from beyond the arc.
David Lombardi details Arizona State wide receiver Tim White’s football and Olympic dreams. The speedy and leading returning receiver for the Sun Devils is also a stud triple jumper.
UCLA beach volleyball’s top pair, Megan and Nicole McNamara, were named AVCA All-Americans. The two helped the Bruins to a third-place finish in the NCAA tournament.
Read this Q&A with Stanford men’s basketball coach Jerod Haase, courtesy of David Gardner of Sports Illustrated.
Connor Letourneau features new Cal men’s basketball assistant coach Tim O’Toole, who was on Johnny Dawkins’ staff at Stanford the last three years.