Roundup: UCLA has the best football uniforms in the Pac-12
Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports believes that UCLA has the best football uniforms in the Pac-12 – agree? Disagree? I’d imagine that 11 of 12 Pac-12 fanbases don’t share the same view as Tom (you might want to just skip this link, Sparky supporter). And revisiting this link from Scout, Jim Mora had a hand in making those jerseys more traditional for this season.
It’s preseason awards watch list season, and Washington State’s Luke Falk and Gabe Marks were named to the Maxwell Award watch list (top college football player). Those two figure to put up some serious numbers in 2016.
Meanwhile, Washington defensive backs Budda Baker and Sidney Jones are on the Bednarik Award watch list (top defensive player), and Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin are on the Maxwell Award watch list alongside foes Falk and Marks.
Pac-12 Football Media Days are around the corner (next week!), so it’s time to see some preseason polls. Arizona State beat writer Doug Haller predicts that the Sun Devils will finish fourth in the Pac-12 South; he’s picking a UCLA-Stanford Pac-12 Football Championship Game.
From last week – Arizona men’s basketball signee Terrance Ferguson is opting to play professionally in Australia for the Adelaide 36ers instead of heading to Tucson. Ferguson was a five-star recruit but would have had some potential eligibility issues due to his prep school.
Dirk Facer of the Deseret News looks back at the first five years in the Pac-12 for Utah and where the athletic department wants to go from here. It has definitely been a productive stint thus far, with gymnastics and baseball earning conference crowns and plenty of other teams earning NCAA postseason bids.
Nice – former Cal men’s basketball stud (and former conference employee) Theo Robertson has been added to the Los Angeles Lakers’ staff by head coach Luke Walton. If he didn’t get hurt in college, Theo might be in the NBA as a player right now.
Close call – apparently Nick Young almost blew off his shooting hand in a fireworks accident. Can’t say it was exactly the smartest thing to do, picking up a lit fuse and all, but at least Swaggy P didn’t get hurt.
Did you know that Oregon football leads the nation when it comes to assistant coach tenures? If you didn’t, Ted Miller filled you in, then. Five Oregon assistants are entering at least their 10th year on staff in Eugene (there are just 42 assistants nationwide entering their 10th year at their current school in college football overall).
Brian Howell thinks that the tight ends could be a bigger facet of the Colorado offense in 2016. Howell notes that tight ends have accounted for only 8.1 percent of CU receptions over the last three years, but TE Sean Irwin showed off some receiving skills last season and could have a bigger role as a senior.
Kevin Hampton tells us that football coach Gary Andersen is entering his second year at Oregon State with a positive attitude. There’s nowhere to go but up from an 0-9 conference season.
David Lombardi discusses Stanford football’s top offensive players. You can bet a certain running back is on this list (starts with a C, ends with a hristian McCaffrey).