Roundup: Arizona, Niya Butts parting ways after season
Arizona and women's basketball coach Niya Butts will part ways after the season, according to a Tuesday announcement from Arizona AD Greg Byrne. The ArizonaWildcats.com article also revealed the whole coaching staff will be turned over this offseason.
Oregon State doubled up on the women’s basketball year-end awards on Monday, as Jamie Weisner was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Ruth Hamblin repeated as Defensive Player of the Year. Weisner is the first Beav to get the POTY nod since 2001.
Props to Arizona State’s Charli Turner Thorne, who was named Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year on Monday. It is the second time she has won the award in her 19 years as head coach. Here’s the conference release on the year-end awards in full, with Cal’s Kristine Anigwe taking home Freshman of the Year honors.
Washington basketball’s Kelsey Plum was named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the third year in a row, while Chantel Osahor and Talia Walton were named Honorable Mention. Walton also picked up an Honorable Mention All-Defensive nod. If Plum keeps up her average of 26.5 points per game, she will break the Pac-12 record of 26.1 set by Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford in 2014.
Staying on the women’s hoops front, USC’s Cheryl Miller was named Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Century. Miller was a two-time NCAA champ, three-time national player of the year, 3,000-point scorer in college and a 1984 Olympic gold medalist. It’s too bad the WNBA didn’t exist in the late-‘80s and early-‘90s, because Miller would have cooked.
Meanwhile, Stanford dominated the Women’s Basketball All-Century team, with Tara VanDerveer being named the Pac-12 Coach of the Century. Absolutely no surprise there.
Oregon men’s basketball is ranked ninth in the newest AP poll, marking the first time since 2007 that the Ducks have been ranked in the AP top 10 (Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press).
Kyle Goon points out that Utah basketball is getting a lot of love from the national media after the Utes defeated Arizona. The Utes climbed all the way to No. 13 in the latest AP poll, up nine spots from 22 last week.
Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation explains the factors behind Cal basketball’s seven-game winning streak. This team could make a serious run in March (happy March, by the way).
Quarterback Cade Aspay and safety Evan White have been dismissed from the Colorado football team, reports Brian Howell. The reason given by head coach Mike MacIntyre was “for violating team policies.”
Kevin Gemmell writes that Conor McDermott will look to lead UCLA’s offensive line in 2016. The Bruins conceded just 14 sacks in 2015 after allowing an average of 45 per year from 2012-14.
CougCenter points out that Gabe Marks is listed as the second-best returning receiver by Bleacher Report. Dude had 104 receptions last season for the Cougs.
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