Roundup: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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This was awesome – former Bruin Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama Tuesday at the White House. “Character-actor” Michael Jordan and legendary broadcaster Vin Scully were other sports figures who got the same nod.


Stanford men’s basketball announced a four-game series with Kansas on Tuesday, the program announced Tuesday. The series begins this year with a date in Lawrence, while Kansas will come out to Sacramento next season and head to Maples Pavilion in Dec. 2019 (of course, it’s at the end of December when the students won’t be on campus; that’d just be too much to ask of big, bad school like KU! Stanford will also play in Lawrence in Dec. 2018).


Colorado is happy to decide its Pac-12 fate on its own terms, notes Nick Kosmider of The Denver Post. The Buffs are off to Santa Clara with a win over Utah.


Check out this story by Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press on Chris Petersen blending in at Washington as he constructs a football powerhouse on Montlake. And all these years, I thought his name was Ralph Drusso…

Washington State

Meanwhile, Nicholas K. Geranios of the AP features Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks, the Pac-12’s all-time leader in receptions and the emotional leader of the Cougs.

Arizona State

It’s Territorial Cup week, which is what prompted Arizona State tight end Kody Kohl to say that he hates Arizona. To be expected from Kohl, whose father and brother both played for ASU.


Sonny Dykes wants Cal wide receiver Chad Hansen to stay in school for another year instead of turning pro. Hmm, I wonder why he wants him back – it might have something to do with the fact that he leads the Pac-12 in just about every receiving stat (and oh yeah – he hasn’t reached his potential yet, or something like that)…


Kyle Goon takes a look at the Utah juniors who could declare a year early for the NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Lowell Lotulelei, safety Marcus Williams and offensive tackle Garett Bolles will have some thinkin’ to do once the season is over.


Chantel Jennings takes a look at how Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is adjusting to life as the “baby-faced” QB of the Pac-12. Recently turning 18, Herbert doesn’t shave yet.


Watch the Pac-12 Networks recap of USC men’s basketball’s 88-54 win over New Orleans Tuesday night. Jordan McLaughlin scored 11 points in the win.

Oregon State

And here’s the recap of Oregon State women’s basketball’s one-point loss to Marquette, as the Golden Eagles get a road win against a top-25 school.


Although the Wildcats lost to North Texas 62-58, Arizona women’s basketball drew the largest crowd in program history with 8,442 people in attendance, largely helped by a ton of Tucson kids on an annual School Day field trip (Arizona Daily Star).

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