Roundup: The Knights give $500 million to Oregon
Not exactly a sports link, but Phil and Penny Knight will give $500 million to the University of Oregon for a science complex, reports Andrew Theen of The Oregonian/OregonLive. The Knights just keep on giving.
Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson is out for the season with an ankle injury, coach Gary Andersen announced at his Monday press conference. With backup Conor Blount also out for this week’s game at Washington, the Beavs are down to third-stringer (Marcus McMaryion) to start at QB against the No. 5 team in the nation (Gina Mizell on the link).
USC wide receiver Steven Mitchell is out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, reports Joey Kaufman of the OC Register. Mitchell, who tore his ACL in his right knee three years ago, caught 24 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown this season.
Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks had some harsh words for UCLA on Monday, claiming the Bruins are “trying too hard” to be tough. This comes in response to UCLA warming up on the Cougars’ side of the field before the game, won 27-21 by Wazzu. He also said that “it’s kind of douchey” that the Bruins did that (Marks has never been one to hold back his true feelings).
Utah has added a women’s beach volleyball program, it announced Friday. The Utes are the ninth Pac-12 school to have beach volleyball and will begin play this coming spring.
This could be good for the Golden Bears – Cal is hopeful Chad Hansen and Davis Webb will play Friday against Oregon, reports Rusty Simmons. Webb injured his hand against Oregon State, while Hansen sprained his ankle against the Beavers.
As he fights to make the New York Knicks’ roster, Chasson Randle does not need surgery for the orbital bone fracture he suffered in his face last week, reports Ian Begley of ESPN New York (linked here by Posting and Toasting, an SB Nation blog that covers the Knickerbockers). He has been impressive in training camp, so hopefully the former Cardinal can make the final cut despite this setback.
This isn’t your transitioning-to-the-Pac-12 team of years past, no. As the conference leaders in team defense and purveyors of hard-nosed play, you can call the Colorado football team the “Bully Buffs”, writes Nick Kosmider of The Denver Post.
Sam Gardner of FOX Sports features Washington quarterback Jake Browning. So far, the studly sophomore has completed 72 percent of his passes for 1,418 yards and 23 scores and has the Dawgs squarely in the College Football Playoff conversation.
Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated writes that despite some shaky moments, former Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler is starting to justify his worth for the Houston Texans. After arguably being the best Denver Broncos quarterback last year, the Texans gave Osweiler a whopping $72 million contract.
UCLA women’s volleyball players Torrey Van Winden and Taylor Formico earned Pac-12 weekly honors, it was announced Monday. Van Winden was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Formico was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Writing for the Arizona Daily Star, Tyler Hansen checks in on how Ka’Deem Carey is doing with the Chicago Bears.