On Sunday, that roar inside Maples Pavilion wasn’t for a double alley-oop for Cardinal men’s basketball, nor was it for another conference title for women’s basketball. Instead, it was in recognition of Stanford wrestling — a team largely overlooked and forgotten that had faded into relative obscurity on campus — because on Sunday, with the Pac-12 Championships held on the Farm for the first time since 2006, the team capped off a regular season in which it thundered back to relevance, establishing a presence that looks to be here to stay.
Just a few months ago, senior running back Tyler Gaffney was pummeling his way to earning hard-earned yards against some of the most physical defensive fronts in the Pac-12, earning a reputation as a hard-nosed, sturdy back. At the 2014 NFL Combine over the weekend, however, the two-sport star turned quite a few heads around the country when he showed an ability to be fast and mobile in addition to his established skillset as a power back.
No. 4 Stanford women’s basketball (19-1, 8-0 Pac-12) recently faced what some were expecting to be two difficult tests when it took on No. 15 Arizona State last week and played USC on Monday to determine which team would sit atop the Pac-12.
Welcome to The Daily’s live blog of tonight’s contest between the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) and the No. 3 Oregon Beavers (8-0, 5-0) at Stanford Stadium. We’ll be updating this page all evening with live coverage and analysis. Please also follow us on Twitter @StanfordSports for extended coverage and commentary. All times are Pacific.
It’s funny—except not actually funny—just how much reverence the Southeastern Conference (SEC) commands in the eyes of the college football community.
This is a fairly ridiculous thing to say, seeing as the SEC has won the last seven national championships, but the sort of adulation the SEC gets can be a bit grating. When the Pac-12 eats itself alive in conference play, it’s called mediocrity; when the SEC does so, it’s called depth.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday that Stanford senior goalkeeper and two-time All-Pac-12 first teamer Emily Oliver had been named the Pac-12 defensive player of the week after a successful opening weekend for the No. 2 Cardinal on the East Coast.
After a tough road series in Eugene, Ore. filled with numerous unfortunate breaks to begin Pac-12 play, Stanford responded in fine form on Thursday night against UCLA. In its Pac-12 home opener, the No. 15 Cardinal (23-8,1-3 Pac-12) scored five unanswered runs in the bottom of the first and second innings to pull away from the No. 12 Bruins (24-7, 1-3 Pac-12), 5-1.