Roundup: Steve Sarkisian getting good reviews as new Alabama OC

Scott Eklund

Washington

Handed the play-calling duties after Lane Kiffin was relieved of his duties as Alabama offensive coordinator, former Washington coach Steve Sarkisian is making a good impression early on in his promotion to the new role with Alabama, notes Chip Patterson of CBS Sports. Sarkisian was formerly an offensive analyst for the Tide.

UCLA

It’s official now, as Thuc Nhi Nguyen tells us that UCLA hired Jedd Fisch as offensive coordinator. Fisch spent the last two years as Michigan’s passing game coordinator under Jim Harbaugh.

Oregon

Oregon hired Charles Clark as its defensive backs coach, the school announced Thursday and linked here by College Football Talk. Clark comes to Eugene via Boulder, where he also worked under Jim Leavitt at Colorado.

Stanford

A very long but very worthwhile read on Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman from Robert Klemko of MMQB. Really in-depth stuff on Sherm – click on the link for the Sherman-Harbaugh clashes and Stanford, and stay for the good writing.

California

Rusty Simmons features Cal women’s basketball forward Penina Davidson, the New Zealander who had a huge road trip against the Arizona schools. The Golden Bears welcome the Oregons to town this weekend.

USC

USC quarterback Sam Darnold won the 2016 Archie Griffin Award, an honor handed out at the end of the bowl season to the college football season-long MVP (USCTrojans.com).

Arizona

Here are the highlights from Arizona men’s basketball’s 66-56 win over Utah Thursday night in Tucson. Dustan Ristic had 18 points to pace the ‘Cats.

Utah

Looking for a bit of an upper after the loss to Arizona, Ute fan? You might be pleased to know that former Runnin’ Ute Andre Miller was at the Utah-Arizona game, and Kyle Goon caught up with him.

Arizona State

Watch the postgame interview with Arizona State’s Tra Holder after hitting the game-winning free throws in the Sun Devils’ 78-77 win over Colorado Thursday night in Tempe. He owes it all to pops.

Colorado

If you didn’t see it, you’re probably thinking, “wow, that must have been a good game.” It was, and Pat Rooney of BuffZone.com has the game story of Colorado’s one-point loss to Arizona State. Xavier Johnson was ejected late in the first half for a dustup with Arizona State’s Jethro Tshisumpa (he was also ejected).

Oregon State

Oregon State football hired Jason Phillips and John Rushing as assistant coaches, Gina Mizell reports. Phillips will be the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach, while Rushing will coach the safeties.

Washington State

Oooh, nice – Washington State is hosting “Space Jam” Day at the men’s basketball game Saturday. Watch the undefeated-in-conference Cougs take on the Monstars 15th-ranked Ducks at 4 p.m. PT/ 5 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks.

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