Roundup: The power of the Trojan family

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Lane Kiffin might not have made many friends in the media last year, nor with his recent announcement that USC football practices will be closed during the season, but this post from The Ripsit Blog about the power of the Trojan family is pretty heartwarming stuff about how Kiffin played a large role in giving moral support to a young girl who was about to undergo brain surgery.

Tough news to bring you Block U supporters, as a Ute freshman football player died in a car accident Tuesday. Gaius "Keio" Vaenuku was one of three people who died in the accident in Albuquerque; one of those others being Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M. Fortunately, an incoming freshman offensive tackle for Utah, Salesi Uhatafe, survived the crash.

Craig Robinson announced Tuesday that Oregon State basketball players Devon Collier and Eric Moreland have been suspended indefinitely from competition for violating team rules. According to The Oregonian, Robinson (in a statement) said the two can still participate in summer workouts and attending summer classes. Also, linebackers coach Trent Bray is a rising star in the eyes of Lindsay Schnell.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the Sixers might send Arsalan Kazemi overseas for the 2013-14 campaign. They would retain the former Duck's rights while not counting him against their salary cap or luxury tax for the upcoming season. Meanwhile, Kazemi's former teammates will start off the 2013-14 season in South Korea, as Oregon and Georgetown will tip from Camp Humphreys in the 2013 Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 8.

In an ironic twist, the Philadelphia Eagles signed former Cougar Travis Long after linebacker Jason Phillips went down with an ACL tear.

With none of the three top quarterbacks in Berkeley (Zach Kline, Jared Goff and Austin Hinder) having played a collegiate game, Cal is opening fall camp with QB questions.

How 'bouts a lil' volleyball news? The Arizona Daily Star brings us a Q&A with Wildcat outside hitter Madi Kingdon, who had her horizons expanded on the trip to China with the Pac-12 all-star volleyball squad. Authentic or not, that orange chicken from Panda Express is dee-lish.

Here's another Q&A with a Pac-12 athlete: Washington hooper Shawn Kemp Jr. tells the Seattle Times he "wants to be one of the go-to guys."

Check out this one-on-one with Arizona State's Jahii Carson. Takes about 45 seconds to get to, but it's in there. Good stuff.

Learn from one of the best defensive coordinators in college football (and by far the best "director of defense") as Derek Mason breaks down how to stop the read-option offense. This guy is going to be a head coach soon enough.

CBS Sports gives us a look at UCLA's 2014 NFL draft prospects, and linebacker Anthony Barr could very well be a first-rounder.

Well here's a good character testament for the new Buffs AD: Colorado booster George Solich says Rick George is a "really good guy".

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