Roundup: Barbour the new AD at Penn State
Penn State hired Sandy Barbour as its new athletic director, making the official announcement on Saturday. Here are the terms of Barbour’s contract at Penn State ($700K/year over five years). Congrats to the former Cal AD on the new gig.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will not play for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup this summer. Speaking of Bruins-turned-Timberwolves, you really need to see Zach LaVine’s dunks at the Seattle Pro-Am over the weekend. His. Head. Is. Above. The. Rim.
NFL training camps are under way, and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is working his way back into form but still has great hands, writes Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports. Gronk says he isn’t back to 100 percent yet (he isn’t participating in contact drills), but it looks like he might be able to play Week 1 after tearing his ACL and MCL in December.
We linked to this topic when the story broke, and it's picking up some steam. Royce Young examines the case of Oklahoma City Thunder first-round draft pick Josh Huestis and how he may become the first domestic draft-and-stash first-round pick. It looks like Huestis will play for the Thunder’s D-League team his rookie season to develop and save the Thunder some cap space.
Adam Jude writes that we will see some trick plays at Washington under coach Chris Petersen. Who could forget Boise State’s Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma?
Remember "The Glove"? Of course you do. His son is transferring to Beaverville, and Oregon State’s Gary Payton II is hoping to leave his own legacy in Corvallis. He got the nickname “The Mitten” at Salt Lake Community College, but it doesn’t sound like he wants to be called that.
Here’s an article to come out of Pac-12 Football Media Day, but since we weren’t doing the roundup during the media days, let’s get to it now. Arash Markazi of ESPN writes that USC football coach Steve Sarkisian will do things his own way in Troy.
Let’s watch Oregon football coach Mark Helfrich talk about the upcoming season. This was part of the ESPN car wash he and the other Pac-12 football coaches did Friday in Bristol.
Scott Gleeson of USA Today lists Utah as one of his five college basketball teams on the rise. Coach K doin’ work.
Something left over from Pac-12 Football Media Day: You gotta watch Colorado defensive lineman Juda Parker sing some Nat King Cole. Wish we coulda heard a little more of that soothing voice, Juda.
The ESPN Pac-12 Blog thinks Arizona at Washington State is the Pac-12 game to be at in Week 9. Maybe catch Cal-Oregon at Levi’s Stadium the night before, too.
Time to preview the Arizona State football defensive backs, thanks to Doug Haller. Sounds like this could be a big strength of the Sun Devil defense.