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Posts tagged: Idaho Vandals

Ryan named Big Sky MVP, other locals honored

The Big Sky Conference and Western Athletic Conference announced their all-conference picks on Monday, with four local players - two from Idaho and two from Eastern Washington - earning first-, second- or freshman-team honors.

EWU standout Brianne Ryan earned the top award for the Big Sky and was named MVP.

Read all about the awards here.

College women’s hoops: A week in review

What a week for area Division I women's basketball teams. Read below for a roundup of the week's action. 

Idaho women picked 4th/5th

The Western Athletic Conference released its women’s basketball preseason coaches and media polls Tuesday, and the Idaho Vandals were picked to finish fourth by the league’s head coaches, and fifth by the media.ESPN’s women’s basketball schedule is also out. (We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog to let you know I have joined the Tweet world and will be tweeting about women’s basketball season as new arrives. I’m at SRtrim.)

WAC loses 2 more members


Fresno State and Nevada are joining Boise State in a move from the WAC to the Mountain West, leaving Idaho and the five other remaining WAC members — at this point — to pick up the pieces. The exodus of two of the league’s upper-echelon programs could lead to the eventual disintegration of the WAC, or a slew of invitations from WAC commissioner Karl Benson to lower-tier Western schools. It’s been reported that BYU will join the WAC in all sports other than football, where it will move to independent status. But that’s still up in the air.

Idaho athletic Rob Spear told the S-R this evening that he won’t comment at this time. Meanwhile, football coach Robb Akey told the Idaho Statesman: “Selfishly, I just want to see the WAC come out of it in the strongest fashion. That’s what I’m pulling for.”

I just talked to Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin, who’s on vacation. His reaction is below.

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