Friday, June 17, 2011

Matt McGee returns to Washington State; Pac-12 track & field championships in Eugene, plus links...

We're a little late with this, but Washington State University announced that jumps coach Matt McGee (left/photo courtesy Washington State University), who earlier this month resigned to pursue other professional opportunities, will return to his former position with the Cougars.

"Matt is an outstanding coach and I am extremely pleased that he will be directing our jumps program at WSU," said head coach Rick Sloan in a release.

Before WSU announced his resignation, several WSU athletes took to Twitter to express their opinions on McGee's decision to leave.

In another Pac-12 note, the conference announced that next year's track & field championship meet will be hosted by the University of Oregon.

“As we enter into an Olympic year and celebrate the commitment and excellence we have in Olympic sports we thought it was important to align Pac-12 Championship events with Olympic trial locations in 2011-12,” Pac-10 Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Weiberg said. “It was an excellent opportunity for us to provide our student-athletes with the unique experience of competing in venues that will be hosting these very important events with the USOC.”

The move was a hot topic of discussion at last week's NCAA championships in Des Moines. In fact, Curtis Anderson of the Eugene Register-Guard posted this possibility last week.

In the final paragraph, Anderson writes, "At least one Pac-10 coach said a few coaches were upset at the decision to switch championship sites. He said the coaches were asked their opinion, but had no vote on the matter."

USC was scheduled to host the meet next year, with Washington State hosting in 2013. It's projected that the conference will resume the rotation in 2013.

Here's a link from the Oregonian on Carolyn Davidson, the Portland graphics artist who designed and invented the iconic Swoosh that makes Nike's symbol one of the most recognized trade marks in the world.

This week was the 40th anniversary of Davidson's creation, of which she was paid the princely sum of $35.00.

Just for fun, Athletics Weekly out of Great Britain put together a blog post based on readers' responses via Twitter titled, "You know you're an athletics fan when…"

You can read the post here.

I must say that I resemble some of these answers...

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