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Roundup: Jahii's comin' back

Apr 10, 2013

Great news, followers of the feared Fork - Jahii Carson is returning to Arizona State for his sophomore season. He led all freshmen nationally in scoring this past season at 18.5 per outing. Doug Tammaro must be one very happy man.    

Solomon Hill can’t return to Arizona. The senior figures to be a middle-to-late second round draft pick this year, and recently Hill opted out of the seniors-only Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.    

One final basketball note: the Pac-12 has commissioned a review of officiating at the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament to follow up on the Ed Rush controversy.    

What did you do for spring break when you were a college student - go some place warm and sunny, perhaps? You probably didn’t go to Red Sox training camp like Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson did. Despite not having played organized baseball since the sixth grade, he was drafted by the Red Sox in the 18th round.  

Cal head coach Sonny Dykes is working to fix the Golden Bears’ APR issues, but that doesn’t mean he will give up on a close-call recruit.    

Man down at UCLA’s practice. That would be wide receivers coach Eric Yarber, who tore a tendon in practice. He’s not quite as young as he used to be, but at least it wasn’t a heart attack like Jim Mora originally thought.    

Oregon State wide receiver Obum Gwacham is focusing on football, redshirting this year as a high jumper even though the Beavs don’t have an official track and field team for the Oregon State men. He was still able to show off his leaping abilities by winning the football slam dunk contest at halftime of a basketball game earlier this year, though.  

Corvallis is smarting after Oregon surged past Oregon State 6-3 thanks to a ninth-inning rally last night in a baseball game that was televised on the Pac-12 Networks.    

But back to football. Best of luck to former USC receiver Markeith Ambles, who has landed with Houston (the school, not the Texans). He caught one pass for three yards in his Trojan career.  

A good competitive spirit was shown at day nine for Washington State spring football practice, which happened to be full contact.    

The women’s basketball team went to the WNIT finals, the men’s hoops team went to the Pac-12 semis, the diamond squads are vastly improved and Star Lotulelei figures to be a high first-round draft pick. Yeah, one could surmise that the Utes are experiencing national success on multiple platforms.  

This young woman is fast: 53.38 in the 400?! It’s easy to see why Eileen Gehring is quickly making a name for herself at Colorado. For those wondering, my fastest 400-time is 1:09… not so fast.