Roundup: 'Byrne Bowl' for a spot in College World Series
Arizona baseball travels to Mississippi State with a trip to Omaha on the line, and Michael Lev discusses Greg Byrne’s role in the Arizona-Mississippi State Super Regional. The current Arizona AD was also the AD in Starkville, Miss., for nearly two years, and hired both current baseball coaches for the 'Cats and 'Dogs. As Lev says, it's the Byrne Bowl, y'all.
Oregon State catcher Logan Ice went 72nd overall to the Cleveland Indians in the MLB Draft Thursday night. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year was one of four Pac-12 players drafted Thursday night.
The MLB Draft is far from done, so here are some highlights of Washington State closer Ian Hamilton. Only 38 more rounds to go!
Diane Dietz of the Eugene Register-Guard reports that IMG College has agreed to pay Oregon at least $57 million over the next six years and perhaps more depending on royalties, an increase of at least 40 percent above the old contract. Ducks raking in the doe.
JaMarcus Russell he is not – former Cal quarterback Jared Goff signed his rookie contract with the Los Angeles Rams. It’s a four-year deal worth $27.9 million and comes with a fifth-year option, not to mention an $18.6 million signing bonus.
The Washington Post reports that Brock Turner is expected to leave jail after three months, half of his six-month sentence. According to online inmate records, Turner is expected to be released from the Santa Clara County jail on Sept. 2.
In NCAA Track & Field Championships action, USC sprinter Tynia Gaither qualified for three finals before having an asthma attack – the 100-meter dash, 200 and 400-meter relay (Howie Stalwick, Los Angeles Times).
Washington pole vaulter Jax Thoirs earned All-American honors by finishing fifth in the event Thursday in Eugene.
According to multiple reports (linked here by Sam Cooper of Yahoo Sports), UCLA won’t add Texas graduate transfer Jake Raulerson, an offensive lineman. Raulerson, who was not admitted to his preferred graduate programs at UCLA after graduating from Texas in three years, verbally committed to play his final two years in Westwood.
Brian Howell reports that Colorado football plans to have Sefo Liufau ready for fall camp. He will be in attendance at 2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days.
OK now – Utah football assistant head coach Dennis Erickson said the Utes’ 62-20 win over Oregon “was easy.” Strut your stuff a lil’ bit, Dennis.
House of Sparky looks back at Arizona State hockey’s first win as an NCAA Division I program – a 2-1 win over Alaska Fairbanks.