Roundup: Perfect bowl start for #BackThePac
Good start to bowl season for the Pac-12, with Arizona and Utah getting wins to kick things off. After the Wildcats took down New Mexico 45-37, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III announced he is entering the NFL draft. Wright had 15 tackles, 3.5 for loss and two sacks in his final game for RichRod.
Pretty good Saturday for Utah fans – Matthew Piper writes about the future questions for the Utah football program following a 35-28 win over BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl to notch its first 10-win season since joining the Pac-12, while Kyle Goon notes that Utah men’s basketball got an NCAA tournament résumé-building win by taking down Duke in overtime on the Blue Devils’ second home court – Madison Square Garden.
Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake was named the head coach at BYU, AD Tom Holmoe announced Saturday.
Just as I turned in the Friday roundup, it was announced that USC women’s volleyball outside hitter Samantha Bricio was named AVCA National Player of the Year. Also, USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson will miss spring football to participate in track and prep for the 2016 Olympics.
Andrew Greif notes that Montana State quarterback transfer Dakota Prukop chose Oregon over Alabama because of his trust in the Ducks’ program.
UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s status for the Foster Farms Bowl is uncertain, writes Lindsey Thiry of the Los Angeles Times. Mazzone was hospitalized last week for an undisclosed reason.
It sounds like Washington State offensive lineman Joe Dahl should play in the Sun Bowl if you believe this Jacob Thorpe link (no reason not to). A broken foot kept him out of the last four games of the regular season.
Stanford’s Kassidy Cook won the 3-meter springboard title at the USA Diving Winter National Championships Sunday. She’s taking time off from The Farm to gear up for the 2016 Olympics.
This will be a fun one – Cal women’s basketball hosts UCLA in a non-conference contest Monday night at 6 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Bay Area. The 21st-ranked Golden Bears and 19th-ranked Bruins only play each other once during Pac-12 play, so they wanted to make sure the fans got to see the teams play twice (won’t happen going forward though due to RPI concerns).
Colorado men’s basketball dominated Hampton to the tune of a 95-53 final result Saturday thanks to big games from Tory Miller (19 points, 10 boards) and Josh Scott (21 points). The 10-1 Buffs now move on to face Penn State Tuesday in the Las Vegas Classic, with SMU likely the prize for a potential win over the Nittany Lions.
David Lombardi writes that Washington football’s Trey Adams, Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin stand out among the top newcomers to the Pac-12 in 2015.
Doug Haller details new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey’s road to Arizona State.