Any joy Oregon might otherwise have gotten from its 86-63 rout of Cal was tempered by a worrisome injury. Pac-12 player of the year candidate Dillon Brooks left the game at the end of the first half with what the Ducks are calling a lower left leg injury. Oregon coach Dana Altman would not say after the game whether Brooks had reinjured that foot and offered little clarity on his status going forward.
Despite putting together one of the most jaw-dropping individual performances in NCAA tournament history, Stephen Curry was still not considered a slam dunk NBA prospect coming out of college. With his filthy jumper, smooth handle, and unlimited range, Chef Curry has taken the National Basketball Association by storm to become one of the most incredible players on the planet. This past season saw him lead the Golden State Warriors to 73 regular-season wins and earn his second straight Most Valuable Player award, including becoming the first unanimous pick ever.
Greg Byrne will take over a flourishing Alabama athletic department with a dominant football program and a men's basketball team that appears to be on the rise. A big challenge facing the Crimson Tide's newly hired athletic director is to sustain and build upon that success, and avoid the kind of overconfidence or complacency that can lead to a fall-off. The Arizona athletic director and former Mississippi State AD was formally introduced Thursday and will officially start his new job as the retiring Bill Battle's successor on March 1.