Roundup: Zach Hemmila's death ruled accidental
Former Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila’s death was ruled accidental, according to an autopsy report from the Pima County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death was from a combination of the toxic effects from two prescription drugs (Arizona Daily Star). Also, Check out this little story from Gordon Mack of FloTrack about the Arizona cross country team chasing down a robber who stole stuff from one of the team’s hotel rooms.
Hell yeah – former Stanford hooper Nneka Ogwumike was named WNBA MVP Tuesday. The older of the two Ogwumikes in the WNBA averaged 19.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game (both third in the WNBA) on 67 percent shooting for the Los Angeles Sparks, who face the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Semifinals beginning Wednesday night. Also, really good article on Nneka winning the MVP award by her younger sister Chiney in The Players’ Tribune.
Daniel Uthman of USA TODAY Sports explains why Jake Browning is the perfect quarterback for Washington. Good story on Browning indeed – as PFT Commenter would say, Browning gets it. Also, suspended U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo had shoulder replacement surgery Tuesday (Sports Illustrated). The 37-year-old former Husky still has plans to play it appears, saying “I look forward to coming back healthier and stronger than ever.”
Despite some comments made in the past, Oregon State baseball coach Pat Casey says he does not want to be the next AD at Oregon State, reports Danny Moran. In May 2015, he said he “might” be interested in becoming AD after Bob De Carolis stepped down, but apparently the feeling has changed.
Former Sun Devil James Harden will now be the starting point guard for the Houston Rockets after years of playing shooting guard. People talk about how many shots he jacks up, but Harden can sling that rock – he averaged 7.5 assists per game last season and has underrated court vision.
With the 1-3 start, people are disappointed around Troy, but Zach Banner says that USC will not give up on the season (Zach Helfand, Los Angeles Times).
Break out your 2024 planner, because UCLA football added Fresno State to its 2024 schedule (make sure to keep Sept. 14 clear).
Steve Megargee of the Associated Press chronicles the friendship between the Oregon and Tennessee mascots. Great stuff on social media here by the Ducks and Vols.
Washington State is hoping for a repeat performance against Oregon this weekend, writes Chantel Jennings. Huge win for the Cougs in Eugene last year, defeating the Ducks 45-38 in overtime in a highly-entertaining game.
After lighting up the Oregon defense, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez tops David Lombardi’s Pac-12 QB power rankings. His 333 passing yards and 135 rushing yards marked the first time a Buffs QB had surpassed 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King has former Ute and current Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. as a guest on The MMQB Podcast, so take a listen by clicking on the link.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports considers Cal center Kameron Rooks to be one of his 20 breakout players in college basketball this year. You can’t teach 7 feet.