Roundup: Esteemed UCLA track & field coach Jim Bush dies at 90
Former UCLA track & field coach Jim Bush died Monday at the age of 90. Bush coached at UCLA for 20 years and led the Bruins to five NCAA titles.
Colorado announced its 10-person 2017 Hall of Fame Class Monday: Stan Brock, Chad Brown, and Mark Haynes (football), Jay Humphries (men’s basketball), Jamillah Lang (women’s hoops), Frank Brown (skiing), Steve Hatchell (football and administration). Karrie Downey (volleyball), Les Fowler (golf coach) and Jorge Torres (cross country and track).
More watch lists to note – Oregon football center Jake Hanson was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list. Hanson is one of 10 sophomores on the 70-player watch list, according to the GoDucks.com release.
Here are the Washington State football players named to preseason award watch lists – Luke Falk and Cody O’Connell were named to the Maxwell Award watch list (national player of the year) while Hercules Mata’afa found himself on the Bednarik Award watch list (top defensive player).
Cal tight end Ray Hudson was named to the John Mackey Award watch list, it was announced Monday.
The MLB All-Star Game is Tuesday night, so Jeremy Cluff of The Arizona Republic gives us a rundown of how former Arizona State baseball players fared in the first half of the MLB season.
Former Pac-12.com contributor Jack Follman, writing for Pacific Takes, ranks Washington’s offense tops in the Pac-12 football landscape, with Colorado second and USC third.
Sean Meagher of The Oregonian/OregonLive gives us the low down on the Oregon State defensive line position battle. The Beavs had issues stopping the run and getting to the QB last season, ranking outside of the top 100 in rushing yards allowed per game and sacks.
Vytas Mazeika of the Bay Arena News Group tells us about the former Stanford volleyball players doing work at the AVP San Francisco Open.
Lafe Peavler of the Deseret News gives us a position breakdown of the Utah football secondary. There are some big shoes to fill there, including Marcus Williams, Brian Allen and Dominique Hatfield.
USC women’s tennis added three players to the team – Constance Branstine (UC Irvine transfer), Rebecca Weissmann (LSU transfer) and Alexa Corcoleotes (incoming frosh).
Not that it really matters much since it’s just Summer League, but Lauri Markkanen had a rough shooting day Monday for the Chicago Bulls, going 1-for-13 from the floor (Kurt Helin, NBC Sports). No need to be concerned, and he was pretty solid in his previous game. The fact that I’m linking this is an overreaction itself (but it’s a slow news day, so here you go; best of luck to Lauri, of course. The future is bright).