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Eastern football links

Good morning from chilly Flagstaff, where it's 38 degrees outside, so I just hightailed it back to my hotel room to compile these links. First, here's my feature from yesterday on offensive lineman Jake Rodgers - a former Shadle Park star - and my preview of today's game. Want more? Here's the official release from EWU sports information director Dave Cook. … Eastern's next opponent, North Dakota, is still looking for a road win this year…. Apart from EWU-NAU, the biggest game is the Big Sky today pits Montana against Cal Poly; here's a preview from the Missoulian. … Portland State football is in crisis mode, according to these stories in the Oregonian.

Cougars play at 3 p.m. today

Washington State plays for the first time in two weeks today at Martin Stadium. Until then, we've got some links and will be holding a live chat at 2 p.m. on the blog.

Gonzaga Prep defeats Lewis and Clark 17-7

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Lewis and Clark game.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Mt. Spokane defeats Rogers 43-14

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Mt. Spokane vs. Rogers game at Joe Albi.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Lunchtime Pac-12 links

Many thanks to Vince for passing along my note and taking care of the morning links in his daily post so I could get to sleep before the witching hour was over. But now it's time for our daily roundup of Pac-12 news and I don't want to make you wait any longer so let's get to those links.

They're right after the jump.

All eyes this weekend will be on …

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know what happens this weekend? Summer ends, in a metaphysical way. See, this is the last weekend of baseball. The last gasp of summer's game. Of course, it won't be that big a deal. Saturday the nation's eyes will not be turned to Joe Dimaggio's successors, they will be tuned-in to Knute Rockne's descendants. And Sunday will be, as always, about the NFL. Read on.

Eagle Madness at Reese Court

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered Eagle Madness at Reese Court at EWU.  Check out this big picture gallery of event photos.

Highlights from each school’s Pac-12 media day session

USC: The Trojans have six new players this season, including highly-touted freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin. Head coach Andy Enfield expects McLaughlin, ranked No. 4 nationally among point guard recruits by ESPN, to contribute immediately.

“Jordan is a terrific student-athlete,” Enfield said. “He's a student of the game. He understands where his teammates need to be. He lead's by example, he's a very hard worker, he has an amazing attitude … We're expecting big things from him. I think he came to USC for that opportunity, to be relied upon as a freshman. He'll have that opportunity as a freshman.

WSU: DaVonte Lacy is known for feeling a kinship with the jungle's king. He has a huge lion tattoo on his left arm that reads “Soul of a Lion” and his philosophy on social media is that a “lion does not concern himself with the opinions of sheep.”

It sounds like new Cougars coach Ernie Kent may have found his spirit animal as well.

“Having been out of (coaching) for four years, the definition I use, I feel like I've been a big bear in hibernation and now you get a chance to come out and eat!” Kent said.

We have more Pac-12 media day highlights after the jump.

Ambassadors of the Game premieres tonight at 7 p.m.

Ambassadors of the Game, a documentary about the Pac-12 All-Stars trip to China last summer, premieres on the Pac-12 Networks tonight at 7 p.m. We just got done watching an advance screening, and it was pretty cool. Washington State's DaVonte Lacy was on the team and is the most prominently featured player in the documentary. Highlights for WSU fans are lots of Lacy cameos, a few dunks and an impromptu singing of “I believe I can fly.”

However, you're not going to like what happens after he loses a game of H-O-R-S-E to Washington's Andrew Andrews.

Ewu sports chat Oct. 23 (noon)

Read the transcript for today's chat on the extended portion of this post.

Ernie Kent and DaVonte Lacy at media day

Here is a transcript of Washington State basketball coach Ernie Kent and senior guard DaVonte Lacy's remarks to the media at Pac-12 media day:

Eastern basketball picked high in the Sky

The Eastern Washington men's basketball team is picked for a high finish in the Big Sky Conference.

Despite missing the postseason the last two years, the Eagles are picked to finish second by Big Sky Coaches and third by the media,the conference announced Thursday.

Defending champion Weber State is picked to repeat at the top. The coaches selected Eastern Washington second, followed by Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. Eastern Washington earned one first-place vote and 100 points. Northern Arizona garnered two first-place votes and 99 points. Sacramento State received a first-place vote and 90 points. It marked the first time the Hornets have received a first-place vote in a Big Sky men’s basketball preseason poll. Portland State was selected fifth with 80 points.

 

 

 

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott addressed the media before the players and coaches came to the podium at Pac-12 media day. Here is a transcription of his remarks, courtesy of the Pac-12:

Pac-12 men’s basketball media poll

The Pac-12 men's basketball media poll was released today and, as expected, for the fourth consecutive season Arizona was picked to finish first, followed by Utah, Colorado and UCLA. Washington State was picked to finish No. 11 and Oregon State is projected to finish in last place by a wide margin.

The poll is after the jump.

The area’s college football scene has a bit of everything

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Are we blessed around here or what? We have four college football teams, all playing a different level of the game, all with varying degrees of fan support, but none on the outskirts of the game. That isn't the way it is everywhere. Read on.

Pac-12 basketball: media day

The Pac-12 is having its annual media day get together of men's basketball coaches, players and media today and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can watch the action live on the Pac-12 Networks or right here.

At some point in the next few hours we'll also get the official results from the preseason Pac-12 media poll. This will consists of Arizona followed by the other 11 teams in one order or another.

For the record, here is how I voted: 1. Arizona 2. Utah 3. Colorado 4. UCLA 5. Stanford 6. Cal 7. Washington 8. Washington State 9. Arizona State 10. USC 11. Oregon State 12. Oregon

The schedule of player and coach appearances we'll be working off of today is after the jump.

Introducing Eric Mele

Eric Mele, Washington State's interim special teams coordinator, has rarely trod the obvious path. He let the opportunity to wrestle at West Virginia pass in favor of playing football at a Division-III school. His father and brothers are police officers and he graduated with a degree in criminal justice, so of course he quickly became a part-time assistant at a school that takes eight-hour bus rides to playoff games and gives its assistant coaches less free gear than the lowest manager at a Pac-12 school gets.

Our story in today's paper looks at Mele's unique path to WSU and what his plans are for the Cougars special teams.

More links are after the jump.

Kelowna holds top spot despite first loss

The Kelowna Rockets (10-1-0-0) maintained their No. 1 ranking in the weekly Canadian Hockey League poll despite losing for the first time this season. Four Western Hockey League teams are among the top 10, including the Everett Silvertips (6-0-2-1), who host the Spokane Chiefs tonight. Read story

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