Morning links: Ty Detmer noted by ESPN; mammoth bones found at Oregon State football stadium
New BYU offensive coordinator Ty Detmer was highlighted late Wednesday night in a piece by ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel, who is expecting good things from the former Cougar quarterback in his new job.
Surmising that many in the younger generation might not remember Detmer's Heisman Trophy campaign in 1990, Maisel went on to note how the native Texan led a rather quiet life after that, even as he spent 14 years in the NFL.
"Detmer is back in the spotlight," Maisel writes, "and I bet he does well."
Mammoth bones discovered at Oregon State football stadium
Although it's about 800 miles away from northern Utah, there are many local links to the Oregon State University football program. Beavers head coach Gary Andersen is a Beehive State native, former BYU head football coach Bronco Mendenhall played there, OSU is a Pac-12 Conference foe for the University of Utah and multiple local players are on the Beavers' current roster.
It turns out that whenever one of these individuals has hit the field at Reser Stadium over the years, they've likely been in the presence of mammoth bones.
Earlier this week, construction crews were digging in the north end zone at the stadium when they discovered a large femur bone. Tests indicate that it's likely from a mammoth, according to a press release. Bones from other extinct animals were also found.
Noah Togiai, a Hunter High School alum who just finished his freshman season with OSU, expressed on Twitter his thoughts concerning the situation, and photos were posted of Andersen checking out the bones.
Statue of late Utah Jazz broadcaster Hot Rod Hundley to be unveiled
Before his distinguished 35-year career as the voice of the New Orleans and Utah Jazz, Hot Rod Hundley was a basketball star at the University of West Virginia, ultimately parlaying that success into becoming the first overall pick in the 1957 NBA Draft.
According to a story by Shanna Rosen of Blue Gold Sports, a statue of Hundley will be unveiled Feb. 20 at WVU Coliseum before the Mountaineers' game against Oklahoma. The statue will be near another of fellow WVU legend Jerry West.
Hundley passed away on March 27, 2015, at the age of 80.
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.
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