UCLA, Oregon picked to go 1 and 2 in preseason Pac-12 poll

Yep, I have been prognosticating this too, that UCLA will likely be top dog and Oregon second. The preseason poll confirms I’m not alone.

More conference news:

Big 12 preseason awards.

There was much friendly competition on Pac-12 media day.

The Pac-12 is committed to conference integrity, the commissioner says.

SWAC preseason all-conference honors.

College team news:

UCLA made a big statement on an international stage this summer.

Preseason notebook from Vanderbilt.

Connecticut is hitting the practice floor running.

Behind the scenes at Pac-12 media day with USC.

Trips to the outdoors helped team bonding at Stanford.

Florida has opened practices with drills, dancing and a new coach.

OSU at Pac-12 media day. They are ready to reload after losing Sydney Wiese.

Oregon is young again, the the expectations are high. They carry the weight of those expectations into a new season.

The Canadian pipeline keeps paying off for Utah. The Utes are already feeling midseason chemistry.

Washington brings fresh faces and energy. No Kelsey Plum, but energy.

New Mexico State is picked to win the WAC.

Offense-rich Ohio State continues their effort to improve defense.

Arizona is making strides, but the best may be yet to come.

Nebraska is working to finish stronger.

Kentucky is ready to paint their own picture.

Baylor pioneer Suzie Snider Eppers is proud of the program.

College player news:

UCLA’s Monique Billings and Jordin Canada “turn up.”

Florida spotlight on Dyandria Anderson.

South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson is the SEC preseason player of the year.

Oregon State’s Mikayla Pivec turned to javelin last spring to help her prepare for basketball.

Washington’s Hannah Johnson got coaching advice from Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer.

Utah’s Tanaeya Boclair wants to empower youth through the Teach for America program.

Washington State guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou shined in the team’s postseason run last year.

Kansas State has dismissed sophomore forward Eternati Willock for repeatedly violating team rules.

College coach news:

Tara VanDerveer’s contract has been extended through the 2019-2020 season.

VanDerveer still flashes her game for her players.

Arizona coach Adia Barnes has players going out of their comfort zones.

Coach Charli Turner Thorne uses storytime to explain ASU’s youth. She and her players busted moves at media day.

Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb is balancing motherhood and coaching.

Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly says his player was disrespected in preseason rankings.


I was a guest on Chasity Melvin’s podcast. Check it out.

A tiny bit of WNBA:

Overseas assignments so far. What’s interesting about this list is who is NOT on it.