» Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit against the NCAA is still awaiting potential class-action certification, but it’s already prompted Moody’s to revise the organization’s credit long-term outlook to negative.
» Both the Holiday and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowls will now be tied to the Pac-12 and Big Ten. The Holiday Bowl will pick from the Pac-12 after the Alamo and Rose Bowls; the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will pick after that. The Big Ten did not announce any locks into certain selections.
» No charges will be filed against Maurice Jones-Drew for allegedly punching a restaurant security guard in St. Augustine, Fla.
» Stanford coach David Shaw gave a TED Talk asking: “Can football change the world?” Former Cardinal cornerback Frank Primus certainly did his part; now a resident surgeon at UCSF, he helped stop a runaway bus on Thursday.
» USC’s revised lease with the Coliseum may hurt the surrounding museums. Under the new proposal, the university would control parking for major events — taking revenue that currently goes to the California Science Center, California African American Museum and Exposition Park.
» Former Utes Paul, David and Joe Kruger are hoping to become the latest trio of brothers to join the NFL. Only nine sets of three brothers have been on an active roster at the same time, most recently the Gronkowskis.
» New Colorado strength coach Dave Forman doesn’t care about lifting records: “You start chasing a number, for what? I’ve been places where guys squat 700 pounds. Who cares, if you can’t play football?”
» Oregon State hired Montana assistant Freddie Owens to replace David Grace, now with UCLA. He scored 796 points as Wisconsin guard from 2001-2004, and hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that put the Badgers in the 2003 Sweet Sixteen.
» Arizona State wants to play even faster next season, which is not a bad idea when you have Jahii Carson to run your offense. Specifically: three seconds to cross midcourt, 12 to take a shot.
» Brandon Roy, who lost his NBA career to knee injuries, participated in a recent Washington alumni game. The post-2009 team won 107-104.
» Cal has a new summer class that teaches golf to blind students. Part of the project Fitness for All, it’s taught by a coach with cerebral palsy.