Roundup: Mike Leach for Pac-12 Coach of the Year

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Washington State

Both Kevin Gemmell and Kyle Bonagura think Mike Leach should be Pac-12 Coach of the Year. Hard to argue with that considering how the Cougars have bounced back from a 3-9 season and a 2015-opening loss to FCS Portland State. David Lombardi, on the other hand, goes with David Shaw. Should I mention that Bonagura went to Washington State and Lombardi went to Stanford (insert wink emoji here)?


The Pac-12 reprimanded UCLA linebacker Deon Hollins for criticizing the Pac-12 officiating crew that worked the UCLA-Washington State game.


The Associated Press reports that USC will likely be without RB Tre Madden and S Leon McQuay III for the Trojans’ game at Oregon on Saturday. Madden had a sore knee last week and did not play, while McQuay has a torn knee ligament that has kept him out the past couple of contests.


Speaking of USC-Oregon, Chantel Jennings and Kyle Bonagura break down the battle of three-way players in Oregon’s Charles Nelson and USC’s Adoree’ Jackson as they try to figure out what the two are bad at (video games, basketball, baseball…).


Jeff Faraudo provides the Golden Bear faithful with a Cal tip sheet for beating Stanford on Saturday night.


The Salt Lake Tribune gives us a rundown of Thursday night’s men’s basketball game between No. 16 Utah and Texas Tech in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Other teams in the eight-squad field include Miami, Mississippi State, Butler, Minnesota, Missouri State and Temple.


Washington women’s basketball guard Kelsey Plum surpassed the 1,500-point plateau in the Huskies’ win over Seattle (96-55). Plum had 26 points and six assists and now has 1,509 points for her career (11th all time); the junior is sure to blow by San Jose’s very own Jazmine Davis for the top spot.


Good news here – Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon passed the concussion protocol and should play against Wazzu Saturday.

Oregon State

Let’s read the latest entry from Oregon State defensive end Lavonte Barnett’s journal for The Oregonian/OregonLive, shall we? The Beavs got the Dawgs comin’ to town, and it’s Barnett’s senior day.


Tom FitzGerald notes that the Stanford receivers are beginning to hit their stride. They don’t catch a lot of passes, but they’re big in the run blocking game.


Matt Becker of the AP provides us with a Boise State-Arizona basketball preview. The two teams lace ‘em up Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Networks.

Arizona State

ICYMI, Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage’s 48-yard touchdown run was named last week’s USA Football “Fundamental Play of the Week.”