Roundup: Washington State men's basketball has most Olympians in NCAA
Well how about this – according to this list from CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander, Washington State has the most men’s basketball Olympians of any school in the country. Klay Thompson (USA), Aron Baynes (Australia) and Brock Motum (Australia) will be hooping it up in Rio.
Well how about this, take two – former UCLA football quarterback and coach Rick Neuheisel thinks UCLA should be interested in possibly joining the Big 12. Click on the Bruins Nation link to get more Neuheisel quotes.
Former Cardinal big man Jason Collins will speak at the Democratic National Convention next week (as will Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who admittedly is a bigger name but hey, I already had my UCLA link by the time I saw this one).
Cal swimmer Rachael Acker was named Pac-12 Woman of the Year for 2015-16, which makes her eligible for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Jon Wilner has followed the paper trail and lets us know that Chris Petersen is the highest-paid coach in the Pac-12 according to the latest data given for each school (USC is not included). Coach Pete is set to make $3.6 million in 2016.
Kyle Bonagura lets us know that Adoree’ Jackson is ready to prepare for the football season now that he is done with trying to qualify for the Olympics (unfortunately, he won’t be in Rio).
Hmm… Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian/OregonLive lets us know that a New Orleans Saints beat writer thinks former Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks could “flirt with 1,500” receiving yards with New Orleans this season. Cooks caught 84 passes for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns in 2015.
Former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti thinks new defensive coordinator Brady Hoke will do a good job at Oregon, Ryan Thorburn of The Register-Guard reports.
Jeff Metcalfe reports that Arizona State hockey will move its tournament (the Desert Hockey Classic) from Gila River Arena to the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley.
The Arizona Daily Star gives us a slideshow piece looking at all 54 Arizona basketball players who are in the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame, leading off with walk-on guard John Ash who won a national championship in 1997 (the whole team was inducted).
Brian Howell writes that Mike MacIntyre likes his coaching staff heading into his fourth year at Colorado.
Shane Roberts of Block U examines the Utah men’s basketball 2016-17 non-conference schedule. Butler and Xavier are the highlights.