Pac-12 links: Oregon’s new football facility is as shiny as you’d expect



» On one hand, it’s not surprising that Oregon’s new football facility is nicer than that of most NFL teams. On the other, a barbershop!

» Oregon State’s already mediocre basketball program suspended forwards Eric Moreland and Devon Collier indefinitely for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The pair averaged a combined 22 points per game last season.

» Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo and Leonardo Bonucci “tried out” for the Stanford football team.

» Washington dismissed defensive end Pio Vatuvei, a former four-star recruit in 2012. From head coach Steve Sarkisian’s statement: “Pio had numerous opportunities to display behavior consistent with the values of our program, and unfortunately he fell short.” He recorded seven tackles in nine games as a freshman.

» Forward Brekkott Chapman committed to Utah, rewarding coach Larry Krystkowiak’s tireless efforts to keep the four-star prospect in state. UCLA recruited Chapman, but didn’t give an official offer. Here’s a recent profile of the Roy High star.

» Incoming Utah freshman Gaius Vaenuku and Texas A&M defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu were killed in a one-vehicle accident in northern New Mexico Monday night. Manukainiu tweeted that morning: “22 hour drive back to Texas on no sleep. Oh my.”

» Cal quarterback Kyle Boehm will move to inside receiver/fullback. The former three-star recruit didn’t was out of the running for playing time behind Zach Kline, Austin Hinder and Jared Goff, but also said he hasn’t caught a ball since Pop Warner.

» Former Texas quarterback Connor Brewer is transferring to Arizona. He is the only quarterback in Arizona history to win three state championships, and also holds the career record with 100 touchdown passes.

» The NFL draft committee somehow only gave Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton a fifth-round grade. The slight was a boon for the Sun Devils, who return the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year at an immense 305 pounds — up from last season’s 271.

» Lane Kiffin is closing USC practices that the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News had already stopped watching.

» Colorado lost three transfers, and new head coach Mike MacIntyre hasn’t ruled out further attrition as he institutes his own culture and rules.

» CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman thinks Washington State could win seven or eight games in 2014, but is still be in for an ugly second season under Mike Leach.

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  • bruinray97

    Brekkott Chapman claims he was offered. Scout, Rivals, and ESPN all list UCLA as having offered. You are usually on top of all things UCLA, so I’ll just assume everyone else is wrong.

    • Bigwoof1

      The article from the SLC paper says he was offered by the previous staff and Alford had not yet offered, so in a sense (if that info is correct) everybody is somewhat right. Time will tell if he will be a “Brekkot” player or not.

  • Bigwoof1

    Jack, this weekly roundup of events around the league is always interesting. Please keep doing it.