Roundup: OSU and UW get ready for Final Four
Final Four weekend is here, and for the Pac-12, that means there’s a lot of intrigue in Indianapolis, where the Oregon State and Washington women’s hoops teams are hoping to earn a ring. Michelle Smith details how Oregon State and Washington went “from ground floor to Final Four.” It wasn’t too long ago that Scott Rueck had to fill out the roster with tryout players, and now he’s earning more than $150,000 in bonuses, Gina Mizell reports.
You may know a lot about bucket-getter Kelsey Plum, but Chantel Osahor is the unsung perimeter shooter for Washington. She doesn’t exactly take a jump shot, but it’s effective (her 39 3-pointers rank third on the team).
Stanford basketball forward Rosco Allen has declared for the NBA Draft, the school announced Friday. He has not hired an agent, leaving him the option of returning to The Farm. He's a fourth-year junior who is on track to graduate this spring.
Nice – Colorado men’s basketball will play a home-and-home series against Xavier, Pat Rooney reports. Xavier will head to Boulder next season, while the Buffs will make the return trip to Cincy in 2017-18.
Utah basketball’s Jakob Poeltl was named Pete Newell Big Man of the Year by the NABC, it was announced Thursday.
He hasn’t even retired yet, but former Arizona Wildcat and current Houston Rocket Jason Terry has talked with UAB about its head coaching position. The Blazers are looking to fill the void left behind by Jerod Haase, who left for Stanford.
Bay Area News Group lets us know that NFL Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah (appears on NFL Network, former college quarterback himself) has Cal quarterback Jared Goff going 15th overall to the Los Angeles Rams.
Tight – the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is moving its headquarters to Arizona State’s Tempe campus, it was announced Thursday.
So we had acrobatics and tumbling on our airwaves Thursday night, and here are the highlights of No. 2 Oregon acrobatics and tumbling losing to No. 1 Baylor 282.025-280.18 (I guess that’s close?). Also, check out Oregon’s April Fools Day joke – a press release announcing plans to introduce LED lights to the field at Autzen Stadium.
Kyle Bonagura writes about Clancy Pendergast’s return to USC as defensive coordinator. He was last on staff in Troy in 2013.
How far can Washington State football climb in the Pac-12? Chantel Jennings details the optimism that exists in Pullman for this group.
Thuc Nui Nguyen of InsideUCLA gives us some statistical info on UCLA’s rushing defense.