News, Notes, Tweets, and Social reaction as Beavs lose 2 of 3 in final series of the season

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News, Notes, Tweets, and Social reaction as Beavs lose 2 of 3 in final series of the season

#12 ranked Oregon State wrapped up its final Pac-12 series this week in Corvallis dropping two of three games to USC including being shutout 5-0 in Saturday's game. 

The Beavs now await Monday's college world series selection show to find out their seeding and path in the tournament.

Despite the losses this week, it is still likely OSU will host a Regional to open the tournament but the losses do put into question their ability to host the second round Super Regionals. 

On Friday evening, Portland Diamond Project's Managing Director and Rip City favorite, Mike Barrett was in attendance!

Also not to be overlooked from Friday's game was this BLAST by Beau Philip

Despite the scoreless loss on Saturday, Philip continued to play well in the field as well.

Also from today's game, some guy named Derek Jeter was hanging around...

Ron Callan will have full coverage of Monday's selection show process for us from Corvallis and will be taking over the NBCS Northwest twitter account, so make sure you're following for updates, videos and blogs straight out of Corvallis. 

Damian Lillard foreshadowed his 'hot hand' vs. Denver days earlier

Damian Lillard foreshadowed his 'hot hand' vs. Denver days earlier

Damian Lillard has been a man on a mission since the NBA restart for the Trail Blazers.

The Portland Trail Blazers moved to 3-1 after beating the Denver Nuggets 125-115 Thursday night.

Lillard led the team with 45 points, shooting 11-18 from three-point range. He also dished 12 assists to help move the Blazers to 0.5 games behind Memphis for the 8th spot in the Western Conference.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].

Thurday night's performance was Lillard’s 8th 40-point game of the season.

A man on a mission, indeed, coming from someone who has had a “hot hand” for most of the season.

The Trail Blazers point guard spoke with Philadelphia 76ers guard JJ Redick for the debut episode of ‘The Old Man & The Three’ podcast about being in the zone. 

"Being in the zone” is something all can recognize, but not everyone can achieve. Damian Lillard is one of those people who can achieve it and explains what that feeling is like.

I had a stretch this season where like, I was in the zone. I felt like I was scoring 50 points and it wasn’t hard at all… I’ve had games where I might hit five threes and I’m like ‘im not in the zone’, but in those games, I might hit eight and I'm just like every-time I shot it I was like ‘ it’s in’, and then it carried on into the next game. I definitely believe in that. That's a real thing.

That stretch that Lillard is talking about happened in late January where, for six games, he averaged 49 ppg, had three games over 50, a career-high 61 and drained 49 three-pointers.

Over the last four games since the NBA restart, Lillard is averaging 31.2 PPG, 11.2 APG, and 5 RPG and it seems like he has continued his hot hand streak since the start of the bubble.

The Trail Blazers play the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow morning at 10am, and one can hope Lillard will continue to light up the stat sheet.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery

Report: Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery

The Seahawks may have just gotten back their starting corner. ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, among others, has reported that Quinton Dunbar will not be prosecuted for armed robbery due to a lack of evidence. Meanwhile, Giants defensive back DeAndre Baker has been formally charged and faces upwards of 10 years in prison if convicted. This all stems from the incident at a house party the two players attended back in May.

Dunbar is not currently with the Seahawks as he's been placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List, although he may be removed from that list in the very near future in light of Friday's news.

All of a sudden the Seahawks dream secondary will potentially become a reality with Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin at cornerback and Jamal Adams and Quandre Diggs at safety. Then Seattle would have Ugo Amadi, Marquise Blair and Tre Flowers as depth pieces to deploy in sub packages.

The one wrinkle that is yet to be ironed out is whether or not anything will come from the alleged payoff that took place at Michael Grieco's office, the former attorney for Dunbar. Prosecution said it had evidence that the five individuals who provided sworn statements to the police were paid off to change their story and sign sworn affidavits that cleared Dunbar of any wrongdoing.

There's also a possibility that the NFL still decides to suspend Dunbar, but that feels unlikley without official charges being filed.

"We have been monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under review," the NFL said in a statement to NBC Sports Northwest.

This story isn't over just yet, but we may have a resolution in the coming days, one that could be very good news for Dunbar and the Seahawks.

Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist

Signing Everson Griffen or Clay Matthews would complete Seahawks offseason checklist

Even in the wake of the Jamal Adams trade, the Seahawks still have a void along their defensive line. Seattle entered the offseason with its biggest priority being to improve the pass rush.

The team has done that to a degree, but Bruce Irvin, Benson Mayowa and a pair of rookies aren’t a lock to improve the league’s second-worst pass rush in 2019. Simply put, the Seahawks still need a premier guy or, at the very least, another proven veteran in the rotation.

NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported on Thursday that the Seahawks have moved on from their pursuit of Jadeveon Clowney and shifted their focus to Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews. Silver went as far as to say that “a move could come pretty quickly.”

As we head into the weekend, it makes sense to get ahead of this and share comprehensive thoughts as to how either player would impact Seattle’s roster.

Both players were highly productive in 2019. Griffen was a Pro Bowler in 2019 with 8.0 sacks, 24 quarterback hits and 11 tackles for loss. Matthews also managed to collect 8.0 sacks in his lone season with the Rams.

Matthews is older than Griffen (34-32) but was actually more productive on a per snap basis. According to Alistair Corp, Matthews had a pressure rate of 14.3% on 258 snaps. The benefit of Griffen, however, is his ability to rush from the inside in addition to off the edge.

Both players would take all the pressure off rookies Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson, who would then be able to be eased into the lineup over the course of the season as they got up to speed. A pass rush of Irvin, Mayowa, Jarran Reed, Adams, Rasheem Green and Matthews/Griffen should be deep enough to improve upon Seattle’s meager 28 sacks in 2019. That’s before you add in any potential impact of Taylor and Robinson. Again, the additional benefit of Griffen would be eliminating the necessity that Seattle gets anything out of L.J. Collier.

It is important to touch on Clowney real quick. Even with Silver’s report, there’s still no reason to believe that the door is completely closed on Clowney’s return to Seattle. There will always be a chance that he rejoins the Seahawks until the moment he signs with another team or flat out says that he doesn’t want to be in Seattle.

Even with players opting out around the league and team’s having some increased cap space, there’s no guarantee that any club ever meets Clowney’s demands. If the money is mostly equal across the board, Seattle arguably gives him the greatest chance to recoup his value and cash in as a free agent in 2021. The Seahawks have a vastly improved supporting cast around him at all three levels of the defense. That would likely minimize an opponent’s ability to double him. His familiarity and stated fondness for the city of Seattle, his teammates and the organization as a whole make the Seahawks a logical fit.

Clowney should remain Option A for John Schneider and Pete Carroll. However, adding Griffen or Matthews would still check the last remaining item off Seattle’s offseason to-do list and would make the Seahawks a legit Super Bowl contender.

Blazers shoot down shorthanded Nuggets: 'We did what we needed to do'

Blazers shoot down shorthanded Nuggets: 'We did what we needed to do'

Jusuf Nurkic was dunking everything he possibly could, Gary Trent Jr. continued his torrid Orlando restart campaign and Damian Lillard had a career shooting night even by his own lofty standards.

And yet 45 minutes into the game, the Trail Blazers still hadn’t put away the shorthanded Denver Nuggets. Before tip-off the Nuggets had ruled out Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Paul Millsap, and in the fourth quarter Denver coach Mike Malone elected to keep All-Star Nikola Jokic on the bench and let the back half of the rotation get a chance at taking down the Blazers.

It nearly worked. Despite the 45 points and career-high tying 11 three-pointers from Damian Lillard, and Jusuf Nurkic throwing down six dunks, including a viral highlight over Bol Bol in the first half, the Blazers couldn’t ever quite pull away enough to get comfortable. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].

Not until Gary Trent Jr., who finished with another absurd statline of 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including seven made three-pointers, drilled a shot from behind the arc with three minutes to go in the game.

We knew that they had a lot of their main guys out. But in the NBA, over my career I’ve learned that those are the most dangerous nights when you come out there thinking it’s going to be an easy game. — Damian Lillard

This didn’t look like an instance of the Blazers not taking an opponent seriously. The Nuggets still had talent on the floor in Jokic, who played three quarters and rookie Michael Porter Jr., who played deep into the fourth. More accurately, this is a reminder of how challenging the Blazers playoff push remains. Even on a night where they faced a team riddled with injuries that benched its best player down the stretch, the Blazers still needed a Herculean night from their star and a whole lot of offensive help from the supporting cast.

Portland looks better in Orlando than at any other point in the season. Probably better than a typical eighth seed, even if that’s the highest spot they can earn through four more seeding games. However, their flaws are obvious. They still aren’t a particularly good defensive group, even if they look sharper at times on that end. 

More importantly for them, they’re 3-1 and things outside of their control have broken their way for most part. Memphis is winless in four games in Orlando and lost starting power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. to a knee injury. Sacramento and New Orleans have sputtered in their restarts as well, leaving the Blazers alone in ninth place just a half game back of Memphis for the eighth seed and a 1.5 games clear of the surging Phoenix Suns.

The highlights were pretty, even if the scoreboard never really matched it. But the Blazers don’t need to earn style points for margin victory, that’s not what they’re after anyway.

“We did what we needed to do. Some people might say, ‘Aww they didn’t play anybody’,” Lillard said, anticipating the criticism from the above paragraphs before they hit the keyboard. “But for us we’re not going to apologize for a win. We’re here to just get it done. Teams have lost those games and I’m just happy we were able to pull ours out.”

Listen to the full Talkin' Blazers Podcast here.

Damian Lillard & the Blazers are proving why they deserved a shot at the playoffs

Damian Lillard & the Blazers are proving why they deserved a shot at the playoffs

It was another close game for the Trail Blazers Thursday night, but this time, Portland faced a short-handed Denver Nuggets team who was without three of their starters in Jamal Murray (left hamstring; tightness), Gary Harris (right hip; muscle strain) and oPaul Millsap (rest).

Troy Daniels (right hip; tightness), Will Barton (right knee; soreness), and Vlatko Cancar (left foot; fracture) didn’t suit up for the Nuggets, either, as Denver continues to deal with the injury bug.

After Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard caught fire in the first quarter, scoring 14 points in his first 12 minutes, it seemed like the Blazers were going to steamroll the young Nuggets.

That wasn’t the case.  

However, Lillard wasn’t ready to say sorry for ‘only’ beating Denver by 10.

Some people might say, ‘oh, they didn’t play anybody,’ but for us, we’re not going to apologize for a win. We’re here to just get it done and teams have lost those games and I’m just happy we was able to pull ours out. -- Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard

There was plenty to like about the Trail Blazers' offense in Thursday's 125-115 win.

Lillard was red-hot from three and from all over the court really, hitting a career-high 11 threes on the night. He finished with 45 points, 12 assists, four rebounds and three steals. 

The Trail Blazers, as a team, knocked down 23 three pointers, a franchise-high, as Gary Trent, Jr. continued his hot shooting, connecting on 7-of-10 from beyond the arc. 

“We’re just trending and going in the direction that we want to be,” Lillard said.

Portland now sits just a half game back of the No. 8 seeded Memphis Grizzlies.

There’s a real chance that Portland could leapfrog the Grizzlies heading into the play-in games as the eight seed.

The Memphis Grizzlies have four games remaining: Oklahoma City, Toronto, Boston, and Milwaukee.

The Trail Blazers still must face the Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Brooklyn.

[You can listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast here with special guest Bill Walton]:

  

But, as cliché as it may admittedly sound, Portland is taking it one game at a time.

And hey, that’s worked thus far.  

We can’t afford to watch the standings or watch the scoreboards because it’s that close and they’re so many teams that are right in the thick of things that… nobody is even close to a magic number so right now it’s just most important that we concern ourselves with winning games and doing what we have to do.-- Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts

“I think we’re playing good basketball,” Coach Stotts added. “I think we’re playing with a determination in a playoff stretch that you have to have during this. So whatever people say about us or ninth seed, eighth seed, we have to win games and we’ve dug ourselves this hole, and we’re playing with the urgency that we need to play with, and I think one of the reasons we’ve won three of these games is because, and we played well against Boston, is that we’ve really approached each game with a playoff mentality, a must-win mentality, and when you play like that there’s a good chance you’re gonna play a lot better.” 

Coach Stotts reiterated that with four more games to go, there’s still so much up in the air with how close teams are in the standings in the bottom half of the West.  

“We’re all playing the same way,” Stotts said of the teams vying for a playoff spot. “There’s only one spot for us and we have to play that way… We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves and it’s just about playing the next game.”

“Sorry, pretty cliché,” Stotts added for good measure.  

A statement that was never looked at as cliché was the conversation Lillard had with Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes at the end of May when Lillard said he wouldn't play when the NBA returns unless Portland has a chance to compete for a playoff berth.

Four games in and now everyone sees why.

With the addition of Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins and the emergence of Gary Trent Jr., the Blazers are right where Lillard thought they would be if they were given the opportunity.   

Months ago when I said, ‘if we don’t have a chance to compete for a playoff spot, I don’t want to play,’ because I knew that if we did have a chance to play for a playoff spot it would look something like it looks right now because we’re a more healthy team, more rested, and I knew what our team was doing – guys was getting conditioning in and we stayed in contact. As soon as we opened our facility, guys were there every day. I knew that once we got here, we would be one of the teams that could take advantage of it. So far we have.  -- Damian Lillard

The Western Conference race for the eighth seed is heating up. While the Blazers are 3-1 in the restart, Memphis has struggled. So has New Orleans. The Blazers are 0.5 games behind the eight seed.

And Rip City knows, Lillard still has a lot more to say and do. 

Buckle up, Rip City! The chase continues.  

Damian Lillard carries Trail Blazers past Nuggets and closer to No. 8 seed

Damian Lillard carries Trail Blazers past Nuggets and closer to No. 8 seed

Damian Lillard wasn’t quite all the Trail Blazers needed Thursday night to beat the Denver Nuggets 125-115. But the Blazers most certainly needed all of what Damian Lillard gave them.

And that was a lot.

Lillard scored 45 points, had 12 assists, four rebounds and three steals -- and took on his team’s most difficult defensive assignment in the second half.

And the Trail Blazers, who came to the Orlando Bubble to try to claim the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference in order to earn a play-in series against the Memphis Grizzlies, moved within a half-game of the Grizzlies for the eighth position.

This was a big game for the Trail Blazers and Lillard knew that Denver -- even with four starters sitting out this game -- was going to be dangerous and he had to take the game seriously from the start.

Which he did, with 14 points in the first quarter. The Portland guard had made only 10 of his 30 three-point shots in the first three games in Orlando but knocked down 11 of 18 in this game, tying his own franchise record for most made threes in a game.

Lillard wasn’t going to let his teammates look past this game or take a win for granted because the Nuggets were short-handed. 

“We’re here to just get it done,” Lillard said. “Teams have lost those games. Tonight, I just wanted to come out and set the tone.

“They had guys out and you can’t come out and think you’re going to win. You have to come out and be present. I don’t care who is out there, we have to come out and play like everybody’s out there because it means more to us than it means to them. And that was my mentality.”

And after Michael Porter Jr. burned the Trail Blazers early, Lillard volunteered to take on the task of guarding the 6-10 power forward. Sometimes on defense, a big heart is as valuable as a big body.

“We’ve got eight games to try to get into the playoffs,” Lillard said. “It’s not like we’re looking at a full 82 game season. I told (Coach Terry Stotts), 'Let me guard him.' He made a few shots, was comfortable for a little bit and i just wanted to make him a little bit uncomfortable.

“I was physical. I made him work for it and I thought I did a pretty solid job of that.”

Lillard was Deep Dame for most of this game, launching long-range shots quick and accurately

“In the first two games, the ball was coming off my hands really well,” Lillard said. "I just wasn’t making it. It was just timing. We hadn’t played too many games.

“It felt good, I knew eventually it would click -- the ball would just go in and it would feel great.”

And when it clicks for Lillard, there’s a good chance it will click for others. When the Blazer star catches fire, he draws more attention and it opens shots for his teammates.

Down the stretch of the game, everybody was contributing to the offense as the defense focused on Lillard. Gary Trent and Jusuf Nurkic were the beneficiaries and Portland scored 15 of the game’s final 22 points.

But this doesn't get any easier.

After a day of rest Friday, Portland plays the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday and Philadelphia 76ers Sunday in its only back-to-back on the Orlando schedule.

And the Blazers are likely to again need all they can get from Damian Lillard.

Instant Analysis: Blazers set franchise record for 3-pointers made in win

Instant Analysis: Blazers set franchise record for 3-pointers made in win

Before tip-off, it seemed Thursday’s game was a lock for Portland since Denver was not only playing in a second night of a back-to-back, but the Nuggets were also short-handed.

Denver was without Troy Daniels (right hip; tightness), Jamal Murray (left hamstring; tightness), Will Barton (right knee; soreness), Vlatko Cancar (left foot; fracture), Gary Harris (right hip; muscle strain) and Paul Millsap (rest).

The Nuggets beat San Antonio Wednesday afternoon, 132-126 behind Michael Porter Jr.'s 30 points and 15 rebounds.

Porter Jr. picked up where he left off against the Blazers. But despite Portland's slow start, minus Damian Lillard, the Blazers took the 27-26 lead after one quarter.

Lillard took advantage of the Nuggets backcourt out with injuries.

In the Damian Lillard show early, the Blazers five-time All-Star dropped 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, while Porter Jr. had a quick 10 points in the first 12 minutes of action.  

Portland had all the momentum going into the break. The Blazers had continued contributions from Lillard as Gary Trent Jr. and Jusuf Nurkic also got in on the action with pull-up jumpers, dunks, and more dunks. The Blazers took a 62-49 lead at halftime.

The Nuggets didn't back down though. Portland struggled to get a stop in the second half.

Denver outscored Portland, 38-30 in the third quarter to stick around for the final period.  

Whether Nuggets big man Mason Plumlee was rolling to the hoop and finishing at the rim or having success on the glass, Plumlee along with Porter Jr. were two big reasons why the Blazers weren’t able to rest their starters in the fourth quarter.

The Trail Blazers knocked down 23 three pointers, a franchise-high. Damian Lillard connected on 11 three pointers. Gary Trent, Jr. went 7-10 from beyond the arc.  

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 125, Nuggets 115

Here are three quick takeaways from Portland's fourth seeding game from our NBC Sports NW team:

Dwight Jaynes, Insider: 

It was all Dame all the time. With a little help from Trent.

Jamie Hudson, Reporter

Remember when people were talking about how the Blazers’ were struggling to score in the scrimmages games. Yeah, that was silly if people were concerned about this Blazers squad scoring. They’ve got plenty of options and with Damian Lillard starting off the game with 14 points in the first 12 minutes that set the tone offensively for the entire game.

ALSO: Is there anything that Gary Trent Jr. can’t do?

Between Jusuf Nurkic’s tomahawk dunks (and so many dunks in general) along with Trent Jr.’s pesky defense and threes, and then throw in Lillard’s shooting clinic, you would've thought this would've been a blowout win for Portland; credit the young Nuggets for keeping it close. 

Mike Richman, Reporter 

The Nuggets were already shorthanded coming in, and decided to rest most of their starters down the stretch, yet the Trail Blazers couldn't fully pull away until the final three minutes. It would have been a major missed opportunity. Instead, we'll probably remember this as a night the Blazers made a kajillion three-pointers and Jusuf Nurkic dunked a lot.

[You can listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast here with special guest Bill Walton]:

  

Up Next: The Trail Blazers take on the LA Clippers Saturday at 10:00a.m. in Portland’s first leg of a back-to-back this weekend. Catch all the action on NBC Sports Northwest and stream the game on the MyTeams app.

Also, be sure to check back throughout the night and tomorrow morning for analysis, articles, and videos from the players!

ATTN: Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart is back and better than ever

ATTN: Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart is back and better than ever

This is a public service announcement for the WNBA and sports world!

Breanna Stewart is putting everyone on notice.

The 2018 MVP and 2018 Champion, 2016 Rookie of the Year and Seattle Storm forward was seriously missed last season on the court after Stewart suffered a torn Achilles in mid-April 2019. She would miss the entire 2019 season rehabbing and recovering. 

The Storm felt the loss, as well, finishing last season sixth in the standings after claiming the championship the previous season.

Now, with ‘Stewie’ back in the lineup, alongside the best point guard in the game Sue Bird, the Storm are one of the favorites to win it all again in 2020.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Dave "Softy" Mahler].

Here is how Stewart has done through six games in the 2020 WNBA season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.

- Game 1 vs. New York Liberty: 18 points, 8 rebounds

- Game 2 vs. Minnesota Lynx: 18 points, 10 rebounds

- Game 3 vs. Washington Mystics: 15 points, 10 rebounds

- Game 4 vs. Los Angeles Sparks: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals

- Game 5 vs. Connecticut Sun: 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 blocks

- Game 6 vs. Atlanta Dream: 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks

[RELATED: Breanna Stewart takes home WNBA Player of the Week honors]

In Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Dream, the Storm (5-1) needed every bit of Stewart on every square inch of the court. She is currently averaging 18.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game. Also, not to forget, Stewart is shooting 42.3% from 3-PT range, making that screen and roll with Bird a dangerous combination for opposing teams to guard.

The Storm next face the Phoenix Mercury (3-2) at 12 PM (PT) on Saturday, August 8 in Bradenton, Florida.

UCLA coach Chip Kelly tested positive for coronavirus early in pandemic

UCLA coach Chip Kelly tested positive for coronavirus early in pandemic

In the uncertain world of collegiate football this upcoming season, one thing is clear: UCLA head coach Chip Kelly’s time in Los Angeles has been a rollercoaster. 

The former Oregon Duck head coach is in his third season leading the Bruins as head coach. In his first two seasons, the Bruins posted a 3-9 and 4-8 Pac-12 conference record and have failed to reach a bowl game in either season.

And then the coronavirus pandemic hit.

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[RELATED]: Chip Kelly has lost the trust of 30 UCLA football players-- here's why

On June 19, 2020, J. Brady McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reported that 30 players on the team have submitted a document asking for a “third-party health official” to oversee compliance when voluntary workouts start on Monday.

“These demands reflect our call for an environment in which we do not feel pressured to return to competition and if we choose not to return, that our decision will be respected,” the document reads. “If our demands are not met, we will refrain from booster events, recruiting events and all football-related promotional activities. The decision to return to training amidst a global pandemic has put us, the student-athletes, on the frontlines of a battle that we as a nation have not yet been able to win. We feel that as some of the first members of the community to attempt a return to normalcy, we must have assurances that allow us to make informed decisions and be protected regardless of our decision.”

Players felt that if they chose not to participate in football-related activities amidst this coronavirus pandemic, their decision to do so would not have been respected. Basically, putting the game of football ahead of human life. 

On Thursday, Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times reported that the UCLA football coach tested positive for CIVD-19 in late March after campus was shut down, according to multiple people close to the football team who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss a private health issue.

Irony, to say the least.

According to the article, both Kelly and his wife Jill tested positive and recovered at home. Eight UCLA players tested positive upon their return to campus beginning in late June, but none have tested positive since resuming workouts, according to one person close to the team.

However, since Kelly and eight players have contracted the virus, things have changed. Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson had this to say on his head coach:

“He has done a phenomenal job working with everybody as well as the health department, the players and the staff of really putting together a plan, and guys are doing a really good job of following that plan and so I’m really happy that we’re all mature enough now to really social distance and follow the guidelines that are set for us.”

Read the full article in the L.A. Times here.

Let’s hope this continues to be under control with the Pac-12 announcing the football season will start in late September.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves].