Roundup: Cal's Morgan is 'the Taylor Swift of women's sports'
To hold you over before the USWNT’s Women’s World Cup opener against Australia Monday afternoon, read this espnW feature on Alex Morgan. Janet Reitman talks about the "authentication" of the former Cal soccer star, calling her "the Taylor Swift of women's sports."
Also, watch this Kelley O’Hara chocolate milk commercial and this Christen Press commercial for sunscreen. Maybe it’ll get you in the mood to down some dairy products with SPF 30 on while watching the Yanks match wits with the Aussies.
Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune features Utah AD Chris Hill. The guy has had a long and successful career as Utah’s commander-in-chief of athletics (28 years), and an interesting tidbit about him meeting future Arizona AD Greg Byrne while he was a Fiesta Bowl intern.
Tight – The Pac-12 is adding sand volleyball for the 2015-16 season. I’m personally a big fan of this news. The more sports, the better.
A new era begins – Arizona hired Jay Johnson as its head baseball coach. Johnson, who spent the last two seasons at Nevada, replaces the retired Andy Lopez. There’s a press conference set for 1 p.m. Monday for the formal announcement, but AD Greg Byrne has already gone public with it on Twitter.
Former Washington basketball center Robert Upshaw has a heart issue and has suspended all workouts leading up to the NBA draft until the matter is resolved.
Former Coug Klay Thompson scored 34 points in Golden State’s game 2 overtime loss to Cleveland Sunday night in the NBA Finals. He was basically the only Warrior who could consistently find the bottom of the net.
Victor Robbins was dismissed from the Oregon State men’s basketball team last week, reports Connor Letourneau. He was suspended last year as well.
The MLB draft begins Monday, so here’s a draft profile of UCLA shortstop Kevin Kramer. Dude hit .328 for the Pac-12-champion Bruins.
USC track is on its way to the NCAA championships (June 10-13 in Eugene). The women are ranked fifth in the nation, while the men are ranked sixth.
Colorado women’s basketball is looking for a new assistant coach with Jenni Benningfield out of the mix to pursue other ventures, reports Kyle Ringo.
Andrew Greif spoke with Oregon softball coach Mike White about the ups and downs of the 2015 season and the future of the program. The Ducks will be playing in a new stadium next year (Jane Sanders Stadium; should be ready to go by home opener in March).
Doug Haller catches up with Arizona State special teams coach Shawn Slocum in this spring exit interview for The Arizona Republic.