Welcome to the Pac-12, Sonny. On Wednesday, Sonny Dykes was named the new head coach of Cal football. He comes from Louisiana Tech, where he led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record this past year. Also of note in Bearville, Keenan Allen has declared for the NFL Draft.
No official update on the Colorado coaching gig yet – there are reports that say Butch Jones will be the new Colorado head coach, but Jones insists he is still trying to decide between Colorado and Cincinnati.
Meanwhile on the Boulder hardwood, Spencer Dinwiddie backed up his talk by scoring 29 points as Colorado beat “little brother,” 70-61, handing the Rams their first loss of the season and helping to lower the total number of unbeatens in D-1 men’s basketball to 18 (Arizona is one of ‘em).
Washington State nearly made it 17, but the Zags came through in the clutch on a Kevin Pangos floater with two seconds left as Gonzaga beat Washington State, 71-69. As CougCenter puts it – dang you, Pangos (we joke, we joke; we kid, we kid).
It was an emotional night at the Huntsman Center, and the Utes honored the late Rick Majerus well. With one of the former Utes’ trademark sweaters placed on the first seat of the bench, Utah (the REAL “U”) blitzed Boise State for a 76-55 win over a very good Bronco squad that beat Creighton on the road. Six wins all of last year for Utah; 6-2 already this year.
Arizona State’s Jonathan Gilling sure is crashing the glass, alright. Heading into the Hartford game Wednesday night (which Arizona State won, 71-63), the Danish dude was averaging 8.6 boards per game, tops on the team. He had just three against Hartford, but reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week Carrick Felix picked up the slack with 11 points and 11 boards. And how ‘bout that kid Jahii Carson? He’s a player.
All right, let’s get back to footbawl. How do you explain Stanford selling 31,000-plus tickets to the Pac-12 Championship Game but 31,000 tickets to the Rose Bowl in such a short span of time? It all has to do with Stanford’s inverted fan base, says Wyndam Makowsky.
With the Alamo Bowl still more than three weeks away, Oregon State is taking some time to savor what has been an impressive season.
People were laughing at Oregon’s pre-Pac-12 tune-ups heading into the season (thanks, Kansas State), but when you look at what Arkansas State and Fresno State did this year, maybe the Ducks’ non-conference schedule wasn’t a joke after all.
With Monte Kiffin resigning from his post in Troy, USC is now looking for a defensive coordinator who has had success scheming against spread-option offenses. I’m sure a Trojan fan doesn’t need to be reminded why this is an important factor in finding a new guy for the job…
If you didn’t know already, Washington head volleyball coach Jim McLaughlin is one heck of a coach, and his greatest gift to his team is trust, as exemplified by Jenna Orlandini diving through the opposing bench to save a point vs. Hawai’i in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, all the while McLaughlin telling her “you’re good, you’re good.”
Cal and Colorado aren’t the only Pac-12 campuses undergoing coaching changes. Arizona has named Tony Amato the head women’s soccer coach. Amato was the head coach at Stephen F. Austin the last three years, leading the Ladyjacks to back-to-back undefeated league slates in the Southland.
How about some love for diving? UCLA sophomore Emma Ivory-Ganja was named the Pac-12 Conference Diver of the Month for November, winning the Three-Meter at the Trojan Diving Invitational and helping the Bruins to Pac-12 victories over the Arizona schools (take THAT, Kezele!).