Roundup: Why Clay Helton is a great fit for USC

John McGillen


Now at Yahoo Sports, Pete Thamel explains why Clay Helton is the right fit for USC after the issues the program had with Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian.


The Oregonian's Andrew Greif writes about how the smoky air conditions may affect the Oregon-Nebraska game on Saturday. As of Wednesday, it was still too early to determine whether the kickoff time should be moved or date should be changed, according to local officials. The problem stems from a fire that has burned more than 142,000 acres in southwestern Oregon.

Arizona State

Arizona State safety Marcus Ball is retiring from football due to health concerns, reports Doug Haller on Ball wrote on Twitter that he has been suffering from seizures for the last three years.


Colorado president Bruce Benson, football coach Mike MacIntyre, AD Rick George and others are being sued by the woman who alleged that former assistant Joe Tumpkin physically and verbally abused her, ESPN's Kyle Bonagura reports.


Cal and Under Armour revealed throwback Joe Roth uniforms for the Joe Roth Memorial Game Sept. 23 vs. USC (ESPN). Sweet threads, yo. Also, check out the Pac-12 Networks recap of Cal men’s water polo beating UC Davis 15-10. Whoever was on this broadcast was fantastic.


Isaiah Thomas explains his thoughts about being traded from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers in this piece for The Players’ Tribune. This is great stuff.


Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated looks at Josh Rosen leading UCLA’s comeback from the perspectives of an NFL scout and UCLA offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch.


Michael Lev of the Arizona Daily Star writes about what the Arizona defense needs to do to make significant improvements. The Wildcats gave up 24 points and 185 rushing yards in a 38-point blowout of Northern Arizona.


Read Gordon Monson’s latest column on the Utah-BYU game this weekend (The Salt Lake Tribune) as he compares the two fanbases.


Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about the success of tight ends at Stanford, dubbing the program “Tight End U.”

Washington State

The Spokesman-Review's Theo Lawson writes about the battles on the practice field between Cody O’Connell and Hercules Mata’afa, left guard and defensive tackle for Washington State, respectively. Decorated dudes, those two.

Oregon State

Check out Yogi Roth’s breakdown of the Oregon State-Minnesota game, going down Saturday night in Corvallis.

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