» Ben Howland still has photos of his Santa Barbara house on his phone, but he’s temporarily given up the comforts of Southern California for Starkville — a place that has given him another chance to coach basketball.
» Former Oregon quarterback and No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Marcus Mariota has not yet signed his contract with the Tennessee Titans, making him the last first-rounder to hold out. A report suggested that Mariota was upset that the contract barred him from surfing — but, disappointingly, others have debunked that reason.
» Utah cornerback Dominique Hatfield has been charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. A former receiver, he was expected to start as a junior.
» Baylor is in talks to open the 2016 season in Australia, and would likely face a Pac-12 opponent.
» Less than two years after leaving Arizona State, Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has already made enemies in Austin.
» Former Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is sponsoring a bus to take 40 kids from his hometown to next week’s NBA Draft.
» Kyle Anderson is holding a basketball clinic this Saturday in memory of a childhood friend who committed suicide. Continue reading
» Former Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen injured her spine in an ATV accident a year ago. Here’s the Arizona Republic’s story on her journey to try and walk again, as well as the Pac-12 Networks’ feature on her from January:
» New Washington quarterback Tony Rodriguez is “probably the biggest steal at any position out of junior college,” according to CCSF coach Jimmy Collins — clearly an unbiased observer.
Steve Alford talks about UCLA’s 75-59 win over Oregon State, one the Bruins opened with four straight 3-pointers and a stingy defensive performance. The two teams are now tied for fifth place in the Pac-12.
“We’re in a stretch here where we’ve been playing some really good basketball, and we’re going to need that,” he said.
— Mark Whicker’s column on UCLA’s 1995 championship team, which will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game against Oregon.