Washington State held its first Pullman practice of the 2014 season at 8 p.m. tonight. The practice took on the dual roles of a Sunday night postgame practice – the Rutgers game is on a Thursday so Friday is effectively Sunday now – and a Thursday practice, with the underclassmen scrimmaging at the end.
Our practice report is just a click away.
Former Gonzaga Bulldog Gerard Coleman will play his senior season of basketball for Georgetown (Kent.) College.
Tigers coach Chris Briggs expects Coleman to be a productive player for the NAIA program, which won the national championship two years ago.
Coleman transferred to Gonzaga from Providence, where he was a double-digit scorer for two seasons. The 6-foot-4 wing from Boston averaged 6 points and 1.6 rebounds as a Zag last season. He reached double figures five times in the first nine games, including a 21-point effort versus New Mexico State.
Coleman’s playing time and production decreased over the last three months of the season.
While most of Pullman has been gearing up for fall sports season, DaVonte Lacy and the Pac-12 All-Stars have been barnstorming around China and beating up on professional teams. The All-Stars are 2-0, both blowout victories, and Lacy has been a solid contributor averaging 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists per game.
The All-Stars will face their toughest test tomorrow in the Shanghai Sharks, former NBA All-Star Yao Ming's old team that he now owns. The Sharks have a couple former American college basketball stars in Quincy Douby and Darnell Jackson, so the All-Stars should get a good test. Unfortunately, it appears that the team will no longer face the Guandong Southern Tigers and former NBA lottery pick Yi Jianlian.
We have a couple links to pass along after the jump.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Up early today thanks to an early tee time. It's good though. I went out on a limb yesterday and really wanted to know what you think about it. So an early start is good. Read on.
As the Eastern Washington football players chase their dreams, former Eagle running back Demitrius Bronson may just realize his dream of playing in the NFL. … Back in Cheney, a quintet of quarterbacks all dream of seeing the field at one point or another. … Speaking of Eastern football, we did just that Thursday in our first live chat of the season, and here's the full transcript. … Want more EWU football news? Here's a look at the defense, courtesy of Dave Cook of EWU Sports Information. …Nothing new today out of Sam Houston State, so you'll have to settle for the SHSU home page. … Montana Western will have a scrimmage on Friday. … Slightly off-topic, Christian Caple of the Tacoma News Tribune has a story on the demise of EA Sports' college football game. … There's a battle for backup QB at Idaho State. … It's been a an ugly week off the field at Cal Poly.
Washington State linebackers coach Ken Wilson tweeted out a photo of the new iPads the Cougars are using. The tablet devices can presumably be used by players to watch cut up videos of plays, rather than simply looking at diagrams.
Thursday's EWU football chat ran from noon to 1 p.m. Read the full transcript here:
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Wednesday was a day of brooms and bad backs, moving vans and moving the ball, of exonerations and expectations. It was also hump day. Read on.
Is it really just nine days till the Eastern football opener, which by the way is sold out? No matter, the Eagles' defensive line is ready, partly because of some grizzled veterans who are all of 19 years old. … Also here's an overall look at the team from Dave Cook of the EWU athletic department… And don't forget about today's live chat at spokesman.com/sportslink. … The hometown Huntsville Item offers a comprehensive look at Sam Houston State , which is giving fans an interesting way to follow the team. …How young is the Montana Western coaching staff? Here they are. … The UW linebacking corps looks especially strong, according to this story in the Seattle Times, and a former Husky head coach was in court this week.. … The Tacoma News Tribune has a feature on Husky receiver John Ross. … Montana State has a pleasant problem: a crowded backfield, and a not-so-pleasant problem at kicker.
After 12 straight days of covering football practice I know I'm starting to lose my legs, so I can only imagine how Washington State's players and coaches must feel. The kickers certainly looked a little wobbly yesterday, and maybe the defense could use a break, too (except the freshmen defensive linemen that is, those kids looked like they'd had a little too much sugar).
But we all made it through fall camp in Lewiston, Idaho no worse for wear. In fact, apart from one apparent head injury to Gabe Marks and some bumps and bruises along the offensive line and secondary, the Cougars Sacajawea Junior High with their health intact, which can't be said of a lot of schools.
Anyways, the links are after the jump.
Idaho completed its second two-a-day of the week on Wednesday, and coach Paul Petrino was again happy with what he saw. In fact, he said the Vandals' morning practice session “might have been the best practice we've had since I've been here.”
The second-year coach was also in a good mood because a certain 346-pound defensive tackle has officially joined the team. Read on for more on that, and other notes from Moscow.
Videos courtesy of Idaho media relations.
Washington State ended its Lewiston fall camp with an 85-play scrimmage on Wednesday and both sides had plenty to crow about afterwards. Running backs Gerard Wicks and Jamal Morrow had big days, so did Connor Halliday.
Still, the defense totaled eight sacks, a couple big hits and an interception.
Read more after the jump.
(Can you evaluate the offense's play in the scrimmage?)
I thought our first offense really played well and then, understandably, our second offense had their hands full with the first defense. It was good seeing them get some big plays but we were disjointed at times. The threes got good work, too, and I thought a couple of the running backs did some good things.
More after the jump.
A GRIP ON SPORTS
Yes, I know. I have been writing a lot about the Mariners lately. Can you blame this old baseball fan? Yes, you can. So we'll switch gears today. You may not be too happy. Read on.
How good can this year's Eastern wide receiver corps be? Read my story and find out. … as always, here is the Montana Western football home page (until something else shows up). … Marcus Peters is the leader of the UW secondary, according to this story in the Seattle Times. … The Tacoma New Tribune offers an assessment of the Husky defensive line. … Montana State has found another standout middle linebacker, says the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, which also offers this blog post on the Bobcats. … An old name is back in the fold at UC Davis. … Here's a feature on the Idaho State D-line coach, courtesy of the Idaho State Journal. … A Missoula kid is making the most of his opportunity as a wide receiver at Montana.
Washington State's fall camp in Lewiston, Idaho wraps up today with a scrimmage at 3 p.m. at Sacajawea Junior High. The Cougars braved heat, smoke and lightning to practice for 12 consecutive days. Let's celebrate their accomplishment with some links.
(We'll be holding a live WSU football chat here on SportsLink at 11 a.m.)
One day after smoke sent the Cougars back to Pullman, the Lewiston weather appeared to bend to coach Mike Leach's will on Tuesday. The day's rain disappeared as soon as Washington State began practicing and lightning appeared just when the post practice interviews started running long.
Never doubt how much power college football coaches can exert for their program.
Our practice report is after the jump.
Here are videos of two drills the Cougars run during practice.
The second video is after the jump.