Roundup: Bryce Love is a Heisman Trophy finalist


Stanford running back Bryce Love was named a Heisman Trophy finalist alongside Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson (Sporting News on the link).

Arizona State

Khadrice Rollins of Sports Illustrated gives us the best moments from Herm Edwards’ introductory press conference Monday. The Sun Devils got a guy whose soul is ignited by football and a man who “will put a lot of points on the scoreboard of life for everyone in his community.” If only we as a society just huddled more often, ya know? Maybe things would be better.


Andrew Greif gives us the latest on the Willie Taggart situation as of Monday night. Taggart was in the Phoenix area to visit a recruit before meeting with Florida State officials. No resolution yet, although there were reports that surfaced Monday saying that the Seminoles and Taggart’s agent “were negotiating a contract with a goal of announcing him as the coach of the Seminoles on Tuesday,” Greif notes.

Washington State

Washington State quarterback Luke Falk won the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the top player in the country who started his career as a walk-on.


Jeff Goodman reports that LiAngelo Ball is leaving the UCLA men’s basketball team, with father LaVar pulling him out of there. Shams Charania reports that LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are exploring options to play pro overseas.


Big night of hoops for the Pac-12 Tuesday. Not only is Arizona playing No. 7 Texas A&M, but Utah plays Butler in Indianapolis, and Lynn Worthy writes about the Utes getting a chance to play at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, the building where “Hoosiers” was filmed. According to many, it’s the best basketball movie ever made, but I’ve never seen it (heresy, I know).


Arizona men’s basketball forward Rawle Alkins has been cleared for full contact but likely will not play Tuesday against Texas A&M.

Oregon State

Oregon State men’s basketball also hosts Eastern Kentucky Tuesday night (this one is on our airwaves at 7 p.m. PT), and Hayes Gardner of the Lexington Herald Leader explains why Eastern Kentucky decided to make the trip to the West Coast to play just one game. An $85,000 check can sway more than a few low-major NCAA DI athletic departments, for starters.


Cal gymnast Toni-Ann Williams has been granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA, the school announced Monday afternoon. Williams has two years of eligibility remaining.


Brian Howell lets us know that according to multiple reports, Colorado co-offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren will be the new offensive coordinator at Oregon State. Colorado has not confirmed Lindgren’s departure as of Tuesday morning, according to Howell.


Jon Wilner explains how Washington was able to give the Pac-12 a second New Year’s Six bowl game, as the Pac-12 made out pretty well on Sunday with the Huskies going to the Fiesta Bowl and USC going to the Cotton.


Zach Helfand writes about USC safety Chris Hawkins playing the best game of his career a day after learning his grandmother died of breast cancer. He led the Trojans with 13 tackles and had a forced fumble in USC’s 31-28 win over Stanford in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

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