Now where have we heard this before?
After a bye week that gave them extra time to savor their first victory of the 2014 football season, the Idaho Vandals are deep into prep mode for a run at two in a row when they host Arkansas State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome. And the news from coach Paul Petrino this week? That both Matt Linehan and Chad Chalich (pictured above) figure to see action at quarterback.
For more on the Vandals, the click on the link below.
Connor Halliday has had a great season in some respects, but it's not been the season the Washington State quarterback had hoped for. That's the thrust of today's story, which looks at the record-slaying quarterback's quest for wins.
We'd also be remiss if we didn't pass along a great story by Michael Weinreb that delves into the complex relationship between Halliday and his coach.
Less Halliday but more links, after the jump.
Three WSU coaches were asked about USC's defense and all three uttered the word “athletic” shortly thereafter.
The Cougars hope that the work they put in during Wednesday's practice can combat all that athleticism. How did it go? Our practice report is after the jump.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Today is the final day of the baseball season. Yesterday was the final day of something else in Seattle. Read on.
The Washington State women's basketball team accomplished a lot last season.
They won 17 games for the first time since 1994-95, reached the postseason for the first time since 1991 and beat Washington for the first time in 36 tries. Shoot, they beat the Huskies twice in one week.
Well with two all-conference returners for the first time in school history in Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley the Cougars have their sights set higher this season, which they're tipping off tonight in Beasley Coliseum with an event. Drop by if you're able, the Cougars have four starters and eight letter-winners back and it should be a good time.
Alright, back to football. We've got WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.
This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with a huge honor for Spokane native and Chiefs rookie Kailer Yamamoto. Read story
S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Central Valley vs. University High girls volleyball game. Check out this gallery of game photos.
Before today's practice former Washington State football coach Mike Price addressed the team.
We weren't close enough to hear what he was saying, but judging from how animated he became during his speech, we're guessing it was something inspiring.
Price coached the Cougars from 1989-2002, taking WSU to a pair of Rose Bowls and three 10-win seasons.
“A good guy, I've know him for years,” current coach Mike Leach said. “A great guy, actually the first time I ever came out here was to speak at a clinic he put on.”
One Price finished up and exited with his former QB, Jason Gesser, as escort the Cougars took the practice field and linebacker Jeremiah Allison did his best to fill the motivational void.
We have more on practice, after the jump.
Mike Leach confirmed after Tuesday's practice that receiver Kristoff Williams is off the Washington State roster.
We have more on Williams' departure after the jump.
Washington State sent out the game notes for this Saturday's game against USC. Included is an updated depth chart, on page 11, that shows a few notable changes. Pat Porter is now officially listed as the starting field cornerback and Taylor Taliulu is starting over Sulaiman Hameed at strong safety. Darius Lemora is still listed as the starting strong safety after not playing last weekend against Arizona. Also, Kristoff Williams hasn't played since the Nevada game but he has been listed on the two-deep. He's been removed and Dom Williams is now the backup X and Z receiver.
The game notes are after the jump.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
There have been rumblings up around Boone St. and Hamilton Ave. You know, about how this may just be the best team Mark Few's put together at Gonzaga. Looking over the roster, the talent certainly is there. But talent is only part of the equation. Solving for FF, as in reaching the Final Four, is always about the other variables. Read on.
Mike Leach and players met with the media yesterday for the USC edition of our weekly press conference. The game will be played at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday here in Pullman. Until then, let's get to those links.
Washington State football coach Mike Leach addressed the media during WSU's weekly Monday press conference. The video is courtesy of WSU athletics and a transcription is after the jump.
Washington State receiver Vince Mayle spoke to the media at Monday's football press conference. The video is courtesy of WSU athletics and some highlights of the interview are transcribed after the jump.
Connor Halliday spoke to the media at Monday's Washington State football press conference. The video is courtesy of WSU athletics and a transcription is after the jump.
Linebacker Jeremiah Allison spoke to the media at Washington State's Monday press conference. The video is courtesy of WSU athletics and a transcript is after the jump.
The Pac-12 university presidents and chancellors announced today that the conference will adopt sweeping reforms. These include:
These reforms were made possible once the NCAA board of governors granted the Power Five conferences autonomy on Aug. 7, a proposal that officially passed muster when far fewer than the required 75 schools formally disapproved of the measure during a 60-day waiting period.
The presidents and chancellors also affirmed their support for matching athletic scholarships with the full cost of attendance at an institution. The 65 members of Power Five conferences will vote on that proposal at their inaugural meeting in January.
High school basketball first had a championship tournament in Washington State in 1923. It took another 50 years before an organized system of playoffs was established for football.
Before then, state champions were mythical, usually based on poll results.
The Spokane area schools first competed in the football playoffs in 1975. That year the Spokane City League saw a three-way tie for first place between Gonzaga Prep, Lewis and Clark and Ferris. They all finished at 6-3. That was the one and only three-team co-championship in the 50-year history of the league. Only one team could advance to postseason play, and LC won the honor by winning a Kansas tie breaker between the schools.
In the Border League, University was the sole champion, ending a decade of domination by Central Valley.
In the first round of playoffs, University lost to an undefeated Richland team, 21-6, while Lewis and Clark defeated Kamiakin, 29-8. That game was also the very first non-league opponent a City League team had faced since 1964.
In the second round, Richland ended the Tiger’s season with a 21-14 win. The Bombers went on to lose the championship game to Foss of Tacoma.
The following year the Greater Spokane League was formed. The GSL has since sent nine teams to the championship game, winning five times.