Roundup: Monty retires, Ernie's back
Bay Area coaching legend Mike Montgomery announced his retirement Monday after putting in 45 years in the business (32 of 'em as a head coach). Monty won 677 games as a collegiate head coach and amassed 17 consecutive winning records in conference play (his last 11 years at Stanford and all six at Cal) to conclude his career. Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports writes that Montgomery’s legacy is changing the perception of Stanford basketball.
That wasn’t the only big coaching news to break Monday, because Washington State named Pac-12 Networks basketball analyst Ernie Kent as its head basketball coach as well. Things should be very intriguing in the Palouse with Kent at the helm.
But hey, we got a big women’s basketball game Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. It’s Stanford vs. North Carolina, and the Cardinal is one step away from Nashville. Tara’s team might be the higher seed, but Elliott Almond writes that Stanford has a big challenge in the Elite Eight vs. North Carolina.
Nerd Nation is the only Pac-12 representative left on the men’s or women’s landscape now that the Dawgs have bowed out of the WNIT after falling to UTEP 70-63 Monday night in El Paso. Watch out for the Huskies in 2014-15; they will have 10 returning players, including Jazmine Davis and Kelsey Plum.
Big ups to Nick Johnson for being named a first-team Wooden All-American. Johnson compiled averages of 16.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 2013-14.
Nice and juicy non-conference football scheduling alert: UCLA will play a home-and-home series with LSU. The Bruins will play the Bayou Bengals in 2021 (Rose Bowl) and 2024 (Baton Rouge).
Nice and juicy non-conference football scheduling alert: Arizona State will play a home-and-home series with LSU. The Forks get their shots at LSU in 2022 (Tempe) and 2023 (Tigerville).
Everybody knows how potent that Quack Attack is with Marcus Mariota at the helm, so the questions are on defense for Oregon, writes Chantel Jennings of ESPN. Spring practice begins Tuesday for the Ducks.
In other spring football news, B.G. Brooks tells us that the Buffs were spirited and fresh in their first post-spring break work. Defensive end Kirk Poston has left the team, but he was the only one who did not return to the field Monday morning.
Good spring news in Corvallis, as linebackers Michael Doctor and D.J. Alexander have returned from injury.
As the Utes ready themselves for the NCAA regionals in Arkansas on Saturday, senior gymnast Corrie Lothrop is ready for the floor if Utah needs her, having recovered from an Achilles injury. However, it sounds like Greg Marsden won’t put her back in there as of now.
USC baseball has been struggling, recently dropping all three to Washington, but it’s no wonder why USC got swept when you see Braden Bishop’s home run-robbing grab in the seventh inning.