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Roundup: Oregon State gets its man in Jonathan Smith

Nov 30, 2017

Oregon State

Oregon State named Jonathan Smith its new head football coach on Wednesday. Smith, the first Beaver grad to lead the football program, spent the last four years at Washington as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Arizona State

According to reports, Herm Edwards is in line to become the next football coach at Arizona State. The deal is still being finalized according to the ESPN report linked here. Former Texas head coach Mack Brown also expressed interest in the Arizona State job recently.


Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated reports that Oregon has offered Willie Taggart a new contract that would pay a little more than $20 million over five years.


Kyle Bonagura gives us the inside scoop on why Chip Kelly chose UCLA as his head coaching destination.


With Jonathan Smith now in Corvallis, Adam Jude gives us six candidates for Washington’s offensive coordinator opening. Former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is mentioned.


Michael Weinreb of Bleacher Reports tells us how Stanford running back Bryce Love “crushes” the stereotype of being a “speed back.”


Zach Helfand looks how different Sam Darnold’s second season as USC quarterback has been than his first. He also notes that Darnold will wait until after USC’s bowl game to determine his NFL Draft status.


Cal kicker Matt Anderson was named Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Wednesday. Anderson graduated from the Haas School of Business in May with a 3.56 GPA and is working on a master’s degree in Cultural Studies of Sport in Education.


Arizona offensive lineman Christian Boettcher and cornerback Malcolm Holland were named first-team Pac-12 All-Academic, it was announced Thursday when the conference released its football all-academic honors.

Washington State

Sweet- Washington State and Boise State announced a home-and-home series for 2026 (Pullman) and 2027 (Boise). If you haven’t been to Boise yet, clear up a weekend in September of 2027; it’s an awesome city.


Pat Rooney breaks down Colorado volleyball returning to the NCAA Tournament for us in this link. The Buffs face James Madison in the first round on Friday.


Likewise, Lynn Worthy looks at what’s in store for Utah volleyball in the NCAA Tournament. The Utes begin postseason play Thursday as the No. 11 seed taking on Cleveland State in a match that will be televised by Pac-12 Networks (7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT).