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Few’s 25-year ride at GU

Gonzaga's season opener is just two days away, but the S-R got a head start on all the teams in our region with the College Basketball special section.

Several GU-related articles to link to: Mark Few is entering his 25th season at Gonzaga, the last 15 as head coach. Here's a look back and ahead with the Zags coach. Here's GU's roster, fast facts and five keys to success.

Gonzaga tickets have been the hottest ticket in town for years. Tom Clouse explains how those 6,000 tickets are gobbled up and how the waiting list works. Here's five things to know about GU tickets.

John Blanchette shares area coaches' ideas for improving the game.

Olynyk, Few honored

Gonzaga junior forward Kelly Olynyk has been named District IX player of the year and Mark Few was named coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Olynyk is the fourth Zag to receive the award, joining Dan Dickau (2002), Blake Stepp (2004) and Adam Morrison (2006). Saint Mary's Matthew Dellavedova was the only other WCC player selected to the All-District IX team. Seven Pac-10 players, including WSU's Brock Motum, and Long Beach State's James Ennis completed the 10-member team.

District IX encompasses California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

Olynyk is a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

More here.

Zags get down to work

It's a bit of a misnomer to say that college basketball teams held their opening practices Friday. NCAA rules now permit summer and pre-Oct.12th individual and team practices, but Friday still was generally recognized as the official lid-lifter to the season.

Gonzaga opened against a backdrop of hype nationally, some of which seems warranted. This is a deep, skilled team with four capable bigs and a strong returning backcourt. However, the players and coaches were cautious about what they've seen in print, heard on talk radio or read on the Internet. That topic opens my notebook that will run In Saturday's S-R that also addresses the hand injury that kept Przemek Karnowski out of most drills and concludes with Ray Giacoletti's ties to Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Come to think of it, I failed to post the S-R article that ran in Friday's S-R. Here's a link.

As mentioned, the Zags went to work minus one rather large individual. It's the first time I've spoken in person to the 7-1, 305-pound Karnowski — though he did recall a few of our email exchanges — and other than interviewing Will Foster and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I can't remember craning my neck quite so much. He comes across as a gentle giant,seems to have a nice grasp of English and, according to his teammates, can flat-out play.

Said senior forward Elias Harris: “He's got a soft touch, can pass extremely well. Sometimes he surprises everybody, even the guards, with his passes. He's going to be a load in the post. You try to front him, but he's so big, so wide and strong, you can't push him out.”

I'll have more on the Zags on Monday.

Few on USA Jr. National team staff

Gonzaga's Mark Few and VCU's Shaka Smart will serve as assistant coaches under Florida head coach Billy Donovan for the USA junior national team this summer. More here and here.

Day after opening day

Back with some notes, quotes and impressions from Gonzaga’s first practice.

OK, we’ll leave the impressions to senior center Rob Sacre. More below. 

New guys impress at GU’s first practice

I watched roughly an hour of Gonzaga's opening practice and I filed a notebook that will run in Saturday's S-R. 

The first item is on the six newcomers (five freshmen and J.C. transfer Guy Landry Edi). My best guess (caution: after 60 minutes of watching) is that Gary Bell, Kevin Pangos and Landry Edi will at the very least be in the rotation, and I wouldn't be surprised if Ryan Spangler is as well. He is solid at 6-8, 232 pounds, and I kept trying to imagine defensive backs attempting to tackle him in the open field when he was a prep quarterback back in Oklahoma). We'll see how the next few weeks play out, but the point guard position (David Stockton, Pangos, Bell) will be an interesting one to monitor.

There are also notes on Elias Harris and an update on offseason injuries and how those players are doing now.

I'll have a follow-up post tomorrow morning. 

Report: NCAA not expected to investigate

The swiftly evolving story involving college basketball coaches, including Gonzaga's Mark Few and Ray Giacoletti, caught up in an investment debacle with Houston businessman David Salinas took another turn Monday night when reported that the NCAA isn't planning to investigate the situation.

You can find a link to my story that will run in Wednesday's S-R and here's a link to's latest report on the situation.

Report: Few invested money with Salinas is reporting that Gonzaga's Mark Few is among a growing list of college basketball coaches who invested money with David Salinas, the Houston-area investment adviser who also founded the Houston Select AAU team. Few reportedly invested $353,000 with Salinas, who committed suicide Sunday.

GU assistant coach Ray Giacoletti acknowledged Monday that he's invested money with Salinas for 22 years.

More here.

Zag men, women trying to earn automatic bids

Running short on time, but here are my previews of the Gonzaga men's and women's teams as they head to their respective WCC tournaments in Las Vegas this weekend.

Gray, Olynyk finish acting gig

Back with some notes from Gonzaga’s media day on Monday. We touch on Steven Gray and Kelly Olynyk finishing up their parts in “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as several other items.

Read on.

A Few words

I attempted to contact GU coach Mark Few late last week when Leon Rice was landing the Boise State job, but didn’t make connections until Monday afternoon.

Nothing earth shattering to report, but there are a couple items of interest below.

Rice takes over at BSU

Leon Rice loaded the family into the Wagon Queen Family Truckster (yes, that’s a Vacation reference) and drove to Boise Thursday night/Friday morning. He arrived at 3 a.m., slept a little and then was introduced as BSU’s new coach at a 12:30 press conference.

I tuned in to the proceedings on BSU’s Web site and put together the unedited article below. I also checked in with Billy Grier, the last GU assistant to leave for a head-coaching gig, for his thoughts on Rice and his interesting take on Mark Few’s future.

Few didn’t return my phone message, but he was quoted in a BSU press release on Rice’s hiring: “Boise State is getting a great coach and an even better family into the greater Boise area. I hope the fans and the community reach out and embrace them. He was the co-architect of this entire run (at Gonzaga) and a huge part of our success. We’ll miss Leon, Robin and the kids greatly.”

The BSU release also has this quote from Adam Morrison: “I’m excited for Leon and this new opportunity for him.  He brought a great spirit and attitude to the team while I was there and is a tremendous choice to head the Boise State basketball program.”

Meanwhile here’s a blog post from the Oregonian on the Ducks’ search for a new coach and another on Phil Knight’s interest in Tubby Smith.. There’s also this from the Register-Guard as well as a column that discusses what the Ducks might pay for a coach. 

GU gets started

I’ve been stationed at my computer in the bowels of McCarthey Athletic Center for about an hour after the first media opportunity of the young season. I can hear the squeaking of shoes and coaches barking out instructions out on the court, so GU’s first practice rolls on.

Meanwhile, here’s our first-day practice story that will run in Saturday’s paper. The unedited version is below.

Few chosen for USA basketball post

Gonzaga’s Mark Few is one of six court coaches chosen to work with USA Basketball’s U19 and World University Games team trials. More here.

Source says Few isn’t Arizona bound

The rumor mill went into overdrive Wednesday and it involved Gonzaga’s Mark Few. First, there was internet speculation that Few had accepted the job at Arizona. Then came a report that the Arizona’s job was Few’s if he wanted it. Then came a report that Few had declined and the Wildcats were focusing on Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel.

UPDATE 8:30 P.M.: By early evening, several media outlets were reporting that USC coach Tim Floyd was in Tucson visiting with Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood. ESPN Radio 620 in Phoenix, citing multiple sources, reported that Floyd was Arizona’s choice. Here are some of the evening links: KTAR radio in Phoenix, Los Angeles Times,, and (Note that the links listed in the extended post are from earlier today).

Read on for an unedited article I filed for Thursday’s S-R. This story could change, obviously, with the next phone call, so I’ll update it as necessary. 

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth told me nobody had called him to ask for permission to speak to Few, but the A.D. admitted that is a common courtesy that many schools simply ignore.


A wrap and some links

I’m working on a Gonzaga season wrap-up article and getting the daily deluge of coaching carousel articles in my e-mail every morning. Arizona’s looking and Oregon hasn’t announced if Ernie Kent is staying or going. For what it’s worth, here are some viewpoints from Arizona and Eugene

I’ll try to post the season wrap-up article later today.

Heytvelt honored, players booted, GU-SCU preview

Several items below on Gonzaga’s matchup with Santa Clara Thursday, but first this note on Josh Heytvelt and two GU women’s basketball players, Jami (Bjorklund) Schaefer and Janelle Bekkering earning All-WCC academic honors. More here. puts Mark Few on its list of top 10 college coaches. More here.

And, Santa Clara will be without Decensae White, a transfer from Texas Tech. San Diego’s Trumaine Johnson is no longer a Torrero. USD entertains Gonzaga on Saturday.

Read on for more on Gonzaga-Santa Clara.

Gonzaga hits the road

Our Four Corners college basketball page runs in Thursday’s S-R, but you can look at the unedited Gonzaga-related content below. 

A new Few

Congratulations to the Few family, which welcomed a new addition, son, Colt, who was born on New Year’s Day.

Mark was back in plenty of time from Gonzaga’s trip to Utah. He returned Wednesday night with the team charter. Marcy went into the hospital on New Year’s morning. Colt joins brothers Austin James (born in 2000) and Joseph Dillon (2002), and sister Julia Ann Elizabeth (2006).

—And a quick injury update from Wednesday’s loss at Utah: It sounds like Micah Downs, who was limping after appearing to sprain his left ankle with roughly 8 minutes left in the second half, should be available for Gonzaga’s game at Tennessee on Wednesday. On replay, even at 1/15th speed, it’s tough to tell if Downs stepped on the foot of Utah’s Carlon Brown or his ankle just rolled while he was boxing out for a defensive rebound. Downs did return to play briefly near the end of the game.


Day after Utah

Gonzaga’s slide continued Wednesday night as the Bulldogs missed two shots in the closing seconds and fell to Utah 66-65 in Salt Lake City.

The Bulldogs have dropped three straight and four of five as they head into what could be their toughest matchup of the regular season. No. 14 Tennessee (8-2) will be looking to avenge an 83-74 defeat to GU five weeks ago in the Old Spice Classic championship when the Bulldogs visit Knoxville on Wednesday.The Vols have a 37-game home winning streak and they’re 28-0 in non-conference home games under coach Bruce Pearl. UT’s last home loss was in the final game of the 2005-06 season (Kentucky 80, UT 78).

GU-Utah game stories and Mark Few quotes below.


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