Roundup: USA Today preseason poll released

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Washington

Washington is No. 18 in the USA Today preseason coaches poll; as Adam Jude notes, this is the first time the Dawgs have been ranked in any poll in two years. Other Pac-12 teams making the top 25 are Stanford (No. 7), USC (No. 17), Oregon (No. 22) and UCLA (No. 24).

California

Cal graduate Alex Morgan scored a goal to help the U.S. women’s soccer team win its Olympic opener 2-0 Wednesday over New Zealand. The Americans will next face France on Saturday. Also, graduate transfer Davis Webb was named the starting quarterback for the Golden Bears by head coach Sonny Dykes on Thursday morning.

UCLA

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that Russell Westbrook has agreed to a three-year, $85 million-plus contract renegotiation to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the words of Sean Connery, "You’re the man now, dog."

Utah

Kyle Goon reports that Utah football has suspended Cory Butler-Byrd indefinitely for personal reasons. Butler-Byrd was expected to be the Utes’ starting slot receiver this year after playing cornerback last season.

Washington State

A Washington State booster donated $250,000 to rename the football recruiting center after Steve Gleason, Jacob Thorpe reports.

Arizona State

After moving Wednesday’s practice to Rumsey Park in Payson due to field conditions, Arizona State football practiced Thursday morning at Camp Tontozona.

Arizona

Stop what you’re doing right now and clear out your schedule 14 years from now, 'Cats fans, because Arizona and Virginia Tech agreed to a home-and-home football series for 2029 (Tucson) and 2030 (Blacksburg).

Oregon State

Gina Mizell produces this feature on Oregon State wide receiver Seth Collins, who played QB for the Beavs last year and signed a non-binding financial aid agreement to transfer to Northern Illinois in the offseason. He eventually decided to stay in Corvallis, even if he wasn’t going to be QB anymore.

Oregon

Let’s touch base with everybody’s favorite Heisman-winning quarterback, shall we? Jason Wolf of The Tennessean tells us that Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota has kept his speed despite putting on muscle (seven pounds, to be exact) as he gets ready for his second NFL season.

Colorado

Brian Howell catches up with former Colorado football great Eric Bieniemy, as the two discuss Bill McCartney.

Stanford

Zeb Sion was named Stanford track and field throwers coach, it was announced Thursday (Palo Alto Online). Sion was an assistant at Wake Forest the last five seasons.

USC

Kyle Bonagura gives us three questions heading into USC fall camp. Quarterback battle between Max Browne and Sam Darnold here.

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