Good evening from warm Pittsburgh (temps in the 70s last couple days). I just sent the last of three stories for Thursday's S-R.
Here's the rundown. My game preview can be found here. John Blanchette checked in with Gonzaga's Robert Sacre, who has already made the Final Four in one sense, and a Bob Huggins' column that hasn't been posted yet. We'll link to it when it appears on the Website. Below, you can find my sidebar on pro golfer Kyle Stanley, who is planning on attending Thursday's game.
I arrived in Pittsburgh and at Consol Energy Center just in time to see Southern Miss finish practice. The Golden Eagles' staff of Larry Eustachy, Leonard Perry and Steve Barnes all have ties to the University of Idaho. I covered Eustachy's UI teams in the early 1990s and Perry's Vandal teams in the early 2000s. I put together an article after a brief visit with the candid Eustachy.
Read on for more.
Here's my unedited article on Kyle Stanley ...
By Jim Meehan
PITTSBURGH – If the new Bulldog head cover and the two putters with ‘Go Zags’ on the left side of the faces didn’t give it away, professional golfer Kyle Stanley is one of the Gonzaga men’s basketball team’s biggest fans.
Thanks to a big assist from his fifth-grade teacher.
Stanley, who grew up in western
“It was when Richie Frahm and all those guys were making their run in the NCAAs and they had a day game,”
He’s been following the Zags since, even though he played his collegiate golf at Clemson.
He rarely misses a GU game on television.
“I feel like I live and die with them,” he said. “I’m not a guy who has a lot of hobbies. When people ask me what my hobbies are, a lot of times I say Gonzaga basketball, whether it’s in season or not. I use basketball to get myself away from golf.”
This week, he’s getting away from the PGA Tour after playing eight of the last nine weeks. After Stanley lost a three-shot lead on the 72nd hole at the Farmer’s Insurance Open in late January and eventually fell to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff, he was sitting in his hotel room in a pretty foul mood.
“I was devastated from (the tournament) and I see my phone light up and it’s (Gonzaga coach) Mark Few,” said
Everyone on Tour knows about
“My coaches follow them, my trainer follows them,” said Stanley, who hopes to meet Few for the first time today. “I’m biased, but I like our chances (against