Roundup: Former Sun Devil James Harden breaks yet another NBA record
In case you were busy on New Year’s Eve and missed it, James Harden set an NBA record by recording his eighth straight 35-point, five-assist game in leading the Houston Rockets to a 113-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies thanks to his 43-point triple-double (with a whopping 27 free-throw attempts). The guy has scored 408 points in his last 10 games, making him just the third player in the last 30 years to score at least 400 over a 10-game span. The others? Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
The Dawgs put up a heck of a fight in the fourth quarter but fell short in a 28-23 loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, and The Seattle Times Columnist Matt Calkins believes that Washington football is still in search of a signature win under Chris Petersen. I don’t know, I’d say winning two conference championship games would qualify as signature wins, but that’s just me.
Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com tells us that USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is interviewing with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets for the head coaching job for each team (reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network).
Speaking of NFL head coaching vacancies, Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports tells us why former Colorado star running back Eric Bieniemy is in the running for head coaching jobs with the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. He has done a heck of a job as offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Stanford tight end Kaden Smith declared for the NFL Draft, he announced Tuesday on Twitter (San Francisco Chronicle). Smith caught 47 passes for 635 yards and two touchdowns for the Cardinal in 2018, earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors as a result.
Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times writes that UCLA should be in a good position to hire a top-notch men’s basketball coach as a result of their uptick in resources. A $280 million deal with Under Armour certainly helps on that front.
Bruce Pascoe reports that Stone Gettings has begun practicing with Arizona men’s basketball. Gettings, a transfer from Cornell, will not play until the 2019-20 campaign (he stayed at Cornell in the fall to graduate early and save himself some dough).
He didn’t get the gig, but Cal defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter interviewed for the Houston head coaching job (it went to former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen). Avinash Kunnath of California Golden Blogs fills us in on the deets.
James Crepea of The Oregonian/OregonLive gives us 10 takeaways from Oregon’s 7-6 win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
Nick Daschel gives us the top 12 moments for Oregon State athletics in 2018 along with five predictions for 2019 in this link. Winning the baseball College World Series is certainly up there.
Following the Holiday Bowl loss to Northwestern, Kurt Kragthorpe gives us the five most important questions for Utah football in the offseason.
The Spokesman-Review columnist John Blanchette pens his thoughts on Gardner Minshew giving Washington State football fans a memorable bowl game with the Cougs’ 28-26 win over Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl.