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Chris Petersen out of the running for Cal opening

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Chris Petersen out of the running for Cal opening

By Jen Beyrle, Special Contributor to CSNNW.com (@JenBeyrle)
A source close to Chris Petersen has revealed that he will not be the next head football coach of the California Golden Bears. Petersen has been reported to be at the top of Cals wish list and after firing Jeff Tedford, the University of California reached out to Petersen. Petersen has been the head football coach at Boise State since 2006 and is in his coaching prime at age 48.It seems that Petersens name is linked to every vacant head coaching job in the country. Over the past few years UCLA, Stanford, Washington and USC have all shown serious interest in Petersen. His name has also surfaced with current coaching openings at Arkansas, Auburn and Colorado.Cal fans were hopeful Petersen would consider replacing Tedford. Petersen has northern California ties, as he was born and raised in Yuba City. He began his coaching career as the head freshman coach at UC Davis in 1987. In 1993, Petersen became the quarterbacks coach for the Portland State Vikings and two years later, Petersen became the receivers coach at Oregon and spent six years with Mike Bellotti.In 2001, he became the offensive coordinator at Boise State and was then promoted to head coach for the 2006 season. Since becoming head coach in 2006, Petersen has posted an impressive 82-8 record and .911 winning percentage (the best at the FBS level). Petersen signed a contract extension earlier this year that pays him more than 2 million per year. He is under contract with the Broncos through January 2017.Who knows what Petersens reaction would be to a head coaching opening at Oregon but it seems that he and his family are pretty happy at Boise State for the time being.

Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy to coach High School basketball in Seattle

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Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy to coach High School basketball in Seattle

Former Trail Blazers All-Star Brandon Roy will coach high school basketball in his hometown of Seattle, Wash. Roy will take over the head coaching position at Nathan Hale High School, according to Chris Fetters, editor of dawgman.com and Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR contributor. 

Update: Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) will not play summer league for Miami

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Update: Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) will not play summer league for Miami

Update: 

Original Story:

Former NFL wide receiver and Oregon State Beaver, Chad Johnson (Ochocinco) will play summer league for the Miami Heat. 

Yep, you read that right. A spokesman for the Miami Heat has announced Johnson is on the Heat's summer league roster.

Johnson finished his NFL career with 766 catches for 11,059 yards and 67 touchdowns.

What do you think? Will you watch to see if his athleticism will transfer to the basketball court?

Trail Blazers, Olshey get their target: Maryland's Jake Layman

Trail Blazers, Olshey get their target: Maryland's Jake Layman

Shortly after the college basketball season had ended this spring, Neil Olshey had targeted his player for the 2016 NBA Draft: Jake Layman, a sharp shooting wing from Maryland who could defend and play multiple positions.

“Neil and I have been talking about Jake for the past two months,’’ agent Mark Bartelstein said. “He was a guy Neil really targeted. He told me if he could trade into the second round, he was a guy they would really go after.’’

On Thursday, Olshey did just that in the second round of the NBA Draft, trading with Orlando for the 47th overall pick to select the 6-foot-9 forward.

Olshey gave up $1.2 million and a 2019 second round pick to get his guy.

“Jake is a high character young man with a skill set we value on both ends of the floor,’’ Olshey said in a release from the team. “His ability to defend multiple positions and shoot the ball from range will be positive additions to our roster.’’

Layman, 22, played four years at Maryland where he had career averages of 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from three-point range.

But Bartelstein, a long time power agent in the NBA, said there is much more to Layman.

“He’s one of those rare seniors with gigantic upside to his game,’’ Bartelstein said. “He’s kind of a late bloomer. His strength is coming and he has gotten better and better each year, and even late this season. So I think he’s a fascinating guy because he has so much upside. I think he will be a terrific player.’’

Layman on Friday said he can see similarities between his game and that of Utah wing Gordon Hayward.

“I’m not saying I’m him right now, but a guy who I can (model his game after) is Gordon Hayward,’’ Layman said.

He comes from Wrentham, Mass., a town of less than 11,000 located about 35 miles south of Boston and is the son of athletic parents: his dad played baseball and his mother basketball for the University of Maine.

It was in Wrentham where he watched Thursday’s draft, finally getting a call from Bartelstein who told him “It’s a home run!’” before he even mentioned which team had selected him.

“To finally hear my name called … it was a big sigh of relief,’’ Layman said. “I was very excited, especially to be picked up by the Blazers. I think their style fits me well.’’

Bartelstein said he told his client getting picked by Portland was a home run for two reasons: it’s always big to be a team’s only selection in a draft; and it’s important to be a targeted player, not just someone who is picked because they are available.

“It’s really important to come into the league and know a team wanted you enough to get the rights to get your pick,’’ Bartelstein said. “I know how much time Neil spent scouting and watching him, how much he focused on him, and to me, that says a lot.’’

Layman said he will arrive in Portland next week for the start of training camp for the Blazers’ Summer League entrant. The Blazers’ first game in Las Vegas will be July 9.

Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis selected 11th, becomes second highest draft pick in program history

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Gonzaga's Domantas Sabonis selected 11th, becomes second highest draft pick in program history

Orlando selected Gonzaga sophomore Domantas Sabonis with the 11th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, making Sabonis the second highest draft pick in Bulldog program history (behind Adam Morrison, taken third by Charlotte in 2006).   

The Magic immediately traded his rights along with Victor Oladipo and Ersan Ilyasova to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Serge Ibaka.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds. In his two seasons as a Bulldog, he helped lead Gonzaga to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001.

Sabonis was named to the All-WCC first team in 2015-16 and was a second-team selection as a freshman.

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer agrees to deal with Houston Rockets

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Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer agrees to deal with Houston Rockets

After going undrafted, Gonzaga foward Kyle Wiltjer agreed to three-year deal with Houston. He will play on Rockets' summer league team.

In his senior season at Gonzaga, Wiltjer averaged 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor and 43.7 percent from beyond the arc. 

Wiltjer spent his first two seasons at the University of Kentucky; his freshman year, UK won the National Championship, and as a sophomore he was named Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 10.2 points ad 4.2 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. 

The Portland, Ore. native then elected to transfer to Gonzaga. He was named to the All-West Coast Conference first team both seasons as a bulldog. 

Golf, 1.2 million, and a phone call: How Jake Layman became a Trail Blazer on NBA Draft Night

Golf, 1.2 million, and a phone call: How Jake Layman became a Trail Blazer on NBA Draft Night

Despite having no picks in the NBA Draft last night, Neil Olshey and Paul Allen found a way to wheel and deal their way into the draft by making a trade with the Orlando Magic for the #47 overall pick and used that selection on Maryland's Jake Layman. Daniel Martin of CSNMidAtlantic.com spoke to Layman last night on a conference call who said, “Honestly, going into it I was confident that I was going to get picked no matter what round it was or when. I found out that Portland traded in to get that pick and I’m their only pick, so that’s a good sign.”

Read more about Layman's draft day experience which started on a golf course and ended with him being drafted by a team he didn't even work out for

 

 

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

A team that reached the Western Conference finals traded a veteran star with one season left on his contract to an Eastern Conference team that didn’t even make the playoffs.

This deal is a little backward.

Serge Ibaka is headed to the Magic with Victor Oladipo, No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova going to the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

Thunder trade Serge Ibaka to Magic for Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Ersan Ilyasova

A team that reached the Western Conference finals traded a veteran star with one season left on his contract to an Eastern Conference team that didn’t even make the playoffs.

This deal is a little backward.

Serge Ibaka is headed to the Magic with Victor Oladipo, No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova going to the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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Gary Payton II goes undrafted, set to sign with Houston Rockets

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Gary Payton II goes undrafted, set to sign with Houston Rockets

Oregon State point guard Gary Payton II went undrafted during Thursday's NBA Draft, though it appears he quickly found an NBA suitor. 

From Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Payton, 6'3", 175 lbs.,  was originally projected as a 2nd round pick. The two-time defensive player of the year averaged 16.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.5 steals in 34.3 minutes last season for the Beavers.

 

Trail Blazers select forward Jake Layman with 47th overall pick

Trail Blazers select forward Jake Layman with 47th overall pick

The Trail Blazers drafted Maryland forward Jake Layman with the 47th overall pick on Thursday after acquiring the second round pick in a trade with the Orlando Magic, according to The Vertical.

The Blazers paid Orlando $1.2 million and sent their 2019 second round pick, according to The Vertical.

[WATCH: Jake Layman highlight reel]

Layman is a 6-foot-9 forward who played small forward his senior season at Maryland but is probably best suited as a stretch four.  He is considered a good leaper and impressed with his shooting at the Chicago Combine in May. Weaknesses include his ball handling and ability to create his shot.

The Blazers entered the 2016 Draft without a pick, but secured the athletic forward midway through the second round. Layman averaged 11.7 points and 5.3 rebounds his senior season and scored 27 points in the Terrapins’ opening round game in the NCAA Tournament.  As a senior, he shot 39.6 percent from three-point range and 50 percent from the field.