Here are five college sports (and CU-related) stories people are talking about on June 10
1. Billups honored for being a great teammate
Colorado basketball legend Chauncey Billups was honored on Sunday during Game 2 of the NBA Finals when he was awarded the inaugural Twyman-Stokes Award. The award will go to the player in the NBA who best represents the spirit of being a strong teammate both on and off the court. Billups was first in the voting, topping Shane Battier and Jason Kidd.
The 36-year-old Billups appeared in just 22 games for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, averaging 8.4 points and 2.2 assists. The guard dealt with multiple injuries while coming back from a ruptured Achilles, but has said he's healthy and would like to play two more seasons. Billups is a free agent heading into the NBA's offseason and has expressed interest in joining the Miami Heat, who could potentially be going for a third straight title.
In other Chauncey news, Billups garnered attention after commenting on the Clippers' star forward Blake Griffin saying, "I don't agree that Blake Griffin is soft. But what I will say about Blake is that he's maybe too nice of a guy." Read more about it here.
2. Harvey Updyke Jr. out of jail
Guess who got out of jail today. If you said Harvey Updyke Jr. -- the man who spent 76 days locked up for poisoning Auburn's famed Toomer's Oaks trees after the 2010 Iron Bowl -- you are correct. Updyke, an avid Alabama fan, will return to his home in Louisiana and is banned from attending college sporting events. He isn't allowed to talk to the media, but you have to figure his statement would include "Roll Tide."
3. Trouble at Carolina
The alleged academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina keeps getting juicier. The Tar for the Heels is boiling after e-mails were acquired by the Raleigh News and Observer that point to phony courses and easy grades for athletes. Duke fans are undoubtedly reveling in the case as it unfolds.
4. Arizona mask
Because shiny helmets and flashy uniforms just aren't enough these days, we could eventually see facemasks like the one Darren Rovell tweeted a photo of (below). The large A was produced by the B.A. Masks company, but it was later pointed out that the mask is fan-made and won't be adorning Wildcats helmets any time soon. We can dream though; a CU Buffs logo would take up ton of space, but would look pretty cool.
5. USC offers a scholarship to an eighth-grader
Lane Kiffin is hitting the middle-school recruiting trail hard these days and has offered a scholarship to high-school-freshman-to-be Nathan Tilford. While he's not the first player in the 2017 recruiting class to receive offers -- that would be running back Dylan Moses -- the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Tilford still has four years to decide if he wants to be a Trojan receiver. Who knows if Kiffin will still be at Southern California when Tilford receives his high school diploma.