Roundup: Pac-12 Task Force calls for end to 'one and done' rule
The Pac-12 Task Force released its report and recommendations for sweeping changes in men’s college basketball, and you can read the full report here. One of the big takeaways is that the Task Force recommends the end of the “one and done” rule, advocating that players could either go pro straight out of high school or go to college for a minimum of three years, kinda like the NFL and MLB.
The NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament bracket was revealed Monday, and Pac-12 champion Oregon is a No. 2 seed in the Spokane Regional and will open up the tourney with 15th-seeded Seattle on Friday (The Oregonian/OregonLive). The Ducks are one of six Pac-12 teams in the NCAA Tournament, alongside Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA (USC got left out on the women’s side, too).
Staying in state, Oregon State earned a No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Western Kentucky Friday morning (9:30 a.m. PT) in Knoxville, Tennessee (The Oregonian/OregonLive).
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott voiced his displeasure on USC men’s basketball not making the NCAA Tournament in this Kyle Bonagura article. “Anyone that watched USC compete at the end of our season and at our [Pac-12] Tournament would have no doubt they belong in the NCAA Tournament,” Scott said (more of his thoughts in the link).
Doug Haller writes that Arizona State will have to deal with the vaunted Syracuse zone defense in its First Four game on Wednesday.
Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY Sports believes Arizona men’s basketball is one of the eight hottest teams heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Utah women’s basketball will host UNLV in a WNIT first-round game Thursday, Lynn Worthy informs. Winner of that game gets the winner of Kansas State and Saint Louis.
The NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begin Wednesday, and Olympic gold medalist and Stanford senior Simone Manuel reflects on her collegiate career in this espnW piece.
Cal infielder Andrew Vaughn was named Pac-12 Baseball Player of the Week after hitting two home runs in a four-game home sweep of Brown.
It’s all Buffs here – Colorado attacker Darby Kiernan was named Pac-12 Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while goalkeeper Julia Lisella was named Defensive Player of the Week. The Buffs started out Pac-12 play with a bang, defeating a ranked Stanford squad before demolishing Cal.
From last week – Adam Jude gives us this story on how Washington football coach Chris Petersen has been at the forefront of dealing with issues of sexual assault and violence against women with his team.
From over the weekend – Washington State baseball turned a triple play in a 2-1 win over Saint Mary’s. Kevin Dudley of CougCenter lets us know that it’s the first triple play the Cougs have turned since 1999 (video of the triple play is included).
Read this Shams Charania feature on New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday (Yahoo Sports). It details him going through his wife Lauren’s brain tumor during her pregnancy with the couple’s baby girl in 2016 and how he has played a vital role in the Pelicans’ good play since DeMarcus Cousins got sidelined.