» 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.
» After falling in the Sweet 16, Utah will get another shot at Duke this December at Madison Square Garden.
» Famed Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar is facing doping allegations, including ones surrounding former Oregon runner and Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp. ProPublica and the BBC collaborated on the investigation.
» Theo Robertson, who was a part of Cal’s conference title team in 2010, is now a video intern for the Golden State Warriors.