Roundup: Cal AD Michael Williams explains decision to fire Sonny Dykes

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Cal AD Michael Williams sent a letter to Golden Bear fans Sunday night explaining his decision to fire football coach Sonny Dykes, courtesy of The Mercury News. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has agreed to serve as interim head coach while a coaching search is conducted.


Former Trojan QB Matt Leinart was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday. Part of a 13-member 2017 class, Leinart becomes the 32nd USC player to be inducted.


This would be a big get – Jon Wilner reports that the No. 1 offensive line recruit in the country is expected to sign with Stanford. Dude’s name is Foster Sarell, he’s 310 pounds and was recruited by Washington, USC and Notre Dame.

Oregon State

There were some awesome women’s hoops games on our airwaves over the weekend, so how about we start with Oregon State defeating Stanford in double-overtime to get its first win in Maples… ever? They might not be the highest-ranked team in the Pac-12 (that could change pretty soon), but the Beavs are still the queens of the conference.


And did you check out Sabrina Ionescu’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift Oregon to a win over Cal? It’s our #12Best Play of the Week.


Also, you have to see the highlights of Kelsey Plum scoring 39 in Washington’s 82-70 win over UCLA. Chantel Osahor also had a monster double-double with 19 points and 16 boards.

Arizona State

Here’s the Associated Press game recap from No. 19 Arizona State defeating Colorado 71-52 in women’s hoops action on Sunday in Boulder. The Sun Devils are now 3-1 in conference play.


Clay Fowler looks at how far UCLA men’s basketball has come in a year following the Bruins’ 89-75 win over Stanford Sunday night. The Bruins are 16-1 this year after winning just 15 games all of last season.


Kyle Goon notes that Utah men’s basketball is having success with a faster-paced offense. Thanks to some KenPom math, Utah’s 16.8 seconds per offensive possession this season is the quickest tempo in the Larry Krystkowiak era (granted, some of those years were with a 35-second shot clock).

Washington State

Washington State forward Josh Hawkinson talks about getting kicked in the groin by Oregon’s Dillon Brooks, who was charged with a flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.


Bruce Pascoe notes that Kadeem Allen is “quietly” producing big stat lines for Arizona men’s basketball. Dude is shooting a ridiculous 51 percent from downtown this season.


Pat Rooney lets us know that reserve big Tory Miller is making the most of his time on the floor for Colorado men’s basketball.

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