Roundup: Steve Kerr gives back to the 'Cats

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Former Arizona Wildcat and current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and his wife pledged $1 million to the McKale Center renovations. Also, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said on Tuesday that Casey Skowron is still the starting kicker after missing three field goals against USC, including the potential game-winner.


In case you didn’t know, Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson is a “touchdown machine,” as Kyle Bonagura calls him. He has four defensive scores in just six games so far this year. Check out this stat Bonagura gives us – Thompson has scored more defensive touchdowns than any player in a full season over the last 10 years.


He'll be going up against the Ducks this weekend, and Oregon will wear 1994 throwback uniforms against Washington to commemorate the 20th anniversary of “The Pick,” a 95-yard pick six by Kenny Wheaton to seal the upset deal against No. 9 Washington. The Ducks would go on to win the Pac-10 title that year and have won five more conference championships since, so that play really has been a program-changer. And here’s a cool story from Chantel Jennings on Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu applying his recently acquired golf game to football.

Arizona State

During the Pac-12 coaches teleconference on Tuesday, Arizona State head coach Todd Graham stated that both Mike Bercovici and Taylor Kelly could play against Stanford.


In addition to Griffin Piatt being out, Cal cornerback Joel Willis is also out for the season with an ACL injury. The good news is that coach Sonny Dykes expects Stefan McClure and Michael Lowe both to be out there in the secondary against UCLA.


Back to the land of retired NBA players, former Colorado basketball player and NBA star Chauncey Billups is joining ESPN as an NBA studio analyst, according to Richard Deitsch of


Salt Lake Trib columnist Kurt Kragthorpe discusses what lies ahead for Utah football in its final seven games of the season and says that seven wins is the new goal for the Utes; that means winning three against OSU, USC, Arizona State, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona and Colorado.


This is pretty cool – watch the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, aka the Leap Frogs, jump into Stanford Stadium before the Washington State game. These peeps were in town for Fleet Week in SF.

Oregon State

In Thursday night’s game, Oregon State will key in on Utah defensive end Nate Orchard, who had four sacks of Brett Hundley in the 30-28 win over UCLA. His 1.7 sacks per game lead the nation.


How’s this for a compliment? USC running backs coach Johnny Nansen compared Javorius Allen to Bishop Sankey. Nansen coached Sankey at U-Dub, so he knows what he’s talkin’ ‘bout.

Washington State

Heading into the bye week at 2-5, Washington State needs to mature, according to this AP article. Twenty-three Cougars have made their collegiate debut in 2014, and three freshmen start in the secondary.


With hoops season now just a month out, Jack Wang discusses UCLA basketball’s guard situation with Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine in the NBA. One guy to keep an eye out on back there is former five-star recruit Isaac Hamilton.

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