Posts tagged: Utah
From Pullman — Deone Bucannon made the most of his opportunities at the NFL Combine yesterday, putting up good numbers across the board … Gonzaga and Washington State's baseball teams have the same problem right now: pitching … Don't expect to see any more tweets from the Iowa basketball team … The Apple Cup of basketball is on Friday and no one seems to care … Arizona has a chance to avenge its departed shot at an undefeated season … It's already football time again in Palo Alto … Catching up with Oregon State football … UCLA's Tony Parker has been playing well lately.
When Tia Presley scores 32 points the WSU women's basketball team just can't lose. That's not a statement that's particularly packed with meaning — most teams win when a player is that successful. But Presley has put up 32 points in three of WSU's last four games, all of which came against Pac-12 competition. We've got a story on how Presley is leading the Cougars' late-season run … Bud Withers has a column on Ken Bone's trials and tribulations at WSU.
Spring is officially in the air and Stanford will begin football practices this week … Ted Miller breaks down each Pac-12 school's QB situation … Former Spokane prep running back Bishop Sankey had a pretty good day at the NFL combine.
From Eugene — The Cougars led, for a half, then Mike Moser happened. If only he'd stayed at UNLV. It's tough to beat a team when their 6-foot-8 power forward hits a three from the top of the key, and then hits another. And another. The Ducks stormed back, the Cougars lost and we've got a blog post, story and videos of Ken Bone and the players afterward. We've also passed along some video of Deone Bucannon at the NFL Combine.
But the WSU women beat Oregon … I didn't see this before but Bud Withers has a story about the struggles experienced by Oregon State's Craig Robinson … The contest between Cal and USC was pretty similar to the WSU game … Utah creamed Arizona State.
There used to be a certain emptiness on Sundays following the Super Bowl. A new work week was about to begin, Saturday's revelry was firmly in the rearview mirror and there weren't any games to watch. People took up odious pastimes like jogging and reading. But no longer. The Pac-12 has your back. Now Sunday is simply another day for college basketball, like a Thursday or a Saturday. Or a Wednesday.
Today the Cougars will take on Oregon in Matthew Knight Arena, envy of the Portland Trail Blazers … In our Blog Matters section of today's paper we revisit some comments Bill Moos made about basketball facilities at WSU … We've also got the musings of Vincent “Vince” Grippi and his thoughts on the future of WSU basketball … David Murphy gives his thoughts on the Phillies treatment of WSU's Jason Monda … The WSU Open is underway and the Cougars are impressing at home … Much like Washington's first Pac-12 road game, it's last was a surprisingly lopsided win … Stanford took care of No. 23 UCLA at home … Freshman Aaron Gordon led the Wildcats past Colorado in a decisive win …
A relatively quiet day yesterday, but the Pac-12 announced the 2014 inductions into the Men's Basketball Hall of Honor. We've got a blog post on WSU's inductee, Ed Gayda. Deone Bucannon will arrive in Indianapolis today for the NFL Combine. Here's a nice story on Bucannon by ESPN's Kyle Bonagura and a draft profile on the former WSU safety.
Bucannon isn't the only Pac-12 star prepping for the NFL Draft. Stanford's David Shaw has taken another step toward finally becoming an amorphous blob of coaching energy. UCLA is on a roll and Travis Wear is a big part of the Bruins' newfound success.
See Vince's links to make your way to Ted Miller's Mailbag. We wouldn't sully ourselves with it.
From Corvallis — The Cougars were close in Corvallis but came away with nothing but aches and bruises to show for it. We've got a game story from Thursday as well as post game video of coach Ken Bone and players … Aaron Fitt revealed recently that the Phillies turned in WSU's Jason Monda to the NCAA after he opted not to sign with them last summer. Monda was cleared by the NCAA this past week … Stanford raced past USC in the day's other game.
From Corvallis — The Cougars have a rare Thursday night basketball game against Oregon State, tonight at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Washington. Check out these links in the meantime.
We've got a Four Corners preview of WSU's week and a look at Royce Woolridge's struggles … We're starting up our college baseball notebook, so look for that in the future … Here is an OSU preview of today's game … There was a lot of Pac-12 basketball played on Wednesday as Oregon held steady at home against the Huskies, UCLA pasted Cal, Colorado beat Arizona State, and Arizona simply survived at Utah … Anthony Brown will try to continue his hot shooting from last week against USC today.
From Pullman — The Cougars will hit the road again today, traveling to Corvallis and then Eugene to take on the Oregon Schools, before heading up scenic I-5 to see if they can sweep the Huskies in Seattle. Well, that's what I'll be doing anyways. They have class so they'll fly back in between. Rumor has it that some wrinkly, coffee-breathed professors are handing out midterms as you read this.
In today's paper we have a story about the criticism that has been directed at coach Ken Bone this season. We've also got a blog post on the same topic that also touches on athletic director Bill Moos' plans regarding upgraded basketball facilities. Women's coach June Daugherty addressed the media on Tuesday. Here are some highlights from her press conference.
In football news the Pac-12 leads NFL.com's All-Under-25 team … Fans storming the court hasn't been all that fun for the Wildcats … Marques followed Sarkisian down to USC. Now UCLA has its own Tuiasosopo.
From Pullman — Bright lights. March Madness. Final Fours. One Shining Moment. It's all so close for the Washington State women's basketball team, which is officially a bubble team according to Charlie Creme's Bracketology. Creme still doesn't have the Cougars making the dance, but they're clearly a team on the rise.What can they do to assure themselves a spot? Well, more weeks like this past one from Tia Presley wouldn't be amiss. Presley, who played high school ball in Spokane, was named the Pac-12 Women's Player of the Week for putting up 32 points in both of WSU's wins.
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From Pullman — The Cougars were oh so close. Unranked but receiving votes in the polls, the Washington State baseball team nearly started off the season with a series win over the top-ranked team in the country. It was not to be, however, as the Cougars fell just short in the ninth inning … The WSU women's basketball team continued to win, however, and Tia Presley poured in 32 points as the Cougars beat Colorado on the road … The Ducks beat their rival Beavers on Sunday … USC's losing streak continued against Colorado … Dave Boling says the Huskies need a wakeup call.
From Pullman — Some sterling defense in the second half wasn't enough for the Cougars to overcome Anthony Brown's stellar shooting in the first half as WSU fell to Stanford in men's hoops on Saturday. We've got the game story here and some post game video of the players … It was still a banner day for Washington State, however, as the Cougars upset the country's top-ranked baseball team … Cal beat Washington on Sunday … Utah's late-season run hit a speed bump against UCLA.
From Pullman — With all due respect to Mrrs. Bielema, Calhoun and Saban, there does not seem to be groundswell up support arising for their proposal to guarantee college football defenses time to substitute.Yesterday morning we put up a blog post that quotes WSU head coach Mike Leach who uses no uncertain terms to profess his disdain for the idea, and the Seattle Times' always excellent Jerry Brewer calls the idea “inane” and “laughable.”
Not so long ago Mr. Brewer said the same thing about my skills as a bus boy, so you can be sure he knows what he's talking about.
The WSU women beat Utah, giving June Daughtery her first 7th Pac-12 win as the WSU coach. The Cougars are within shouting distance of March Madness, but still have a ways to go. Charlie Creme projects just three Pac-12 teams will make it to the women's NCAA tournament in his latest Bracketology, and Stanford and Arizona State seem like sure bets. The Cougars also have to overcome their 13-12 overall record, despite some impressive out of conference performances.
The WSU men will take on Stanford today … Arizona State beat rival No. 2 Arizona in double overtime in one of the best games of the year thus far .. The baseball team lost its season opener against top-ranked Cal State Fullerton.
*We regret not being able to bring you Ted Miller's Pac-12 Mailbag. It's Vince's thing, and he jealously guards it like a mama bear whose only cub is the rightful heir to the entire Grizzly Kingdom.
From Pullman — For a day with no game, Thursday was surprising eventful in Cougar country. The Washington State football team is in the middle of Midnight Maneuvers and the athletic department released a video with some highlights from the late night workouts … Former WSU safety Deone Bucannon's agents also put out a video about their client's road to the NFL draft … There are some new pictures of the Football Operations Building, which athletic director Bill Moos says is nearing completion … The day capped off with the news that running back Jeremiah Laufasa will transfer … The Crimson Flag is Flying at the Winter Olympics.
From Pullman — There were some fireworks in Pullman, and nearly 2,000 people will be able to produce a ticket and say they were there. Most of those people will be lying. Yes, not many were on hand for a midweek game with a late tipoff, but those that were saw DaVonte Lacy score a career-high 39 points and another yeoman's effort from D.J Shelton. However, they also saw another WSU loss.
Because of the late tipoff and the ensuing overtime, the fast-approaching deadline meant we were unable to take video of the post game press conferences. But we have a game story for you, here, and here is a one from the Golden Bears' perspective … On the blog we have video from Ken Bone's Tuesday press conference and a post about some proposed NCAA football rule changes.
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From Pullman — It's just Wednesday and we've already got another WSU men's basketball game on our hands. We've got an advance on the game as well as a blog post about Jordan Railey … There may not be so many nighttime football games in the future … The case involving the arrest of two Washington football players is being reviewed by the Seattle City Attorney … Pac-12 football is a cinch for Oregon State offensive lineman, who has overcome much bigger challenges … Here's an advance on the Stanford at UW game … And a story from the Bay Area about a project player for Cal.
From Pullman — After taking Stanford to the wire earlier this week the Washington State women's basketball team didn't have much left against Cal on Sunday … Mark Schlabach's Way Too Early Top-25 for next year is out and has three Pac-12 teams in the Top 11 and five total … The Huskies are headed to Spokane in search of a quarterback … Just call him the “Thorpe Whisperer.” Neil Stover gets me to talk about WSU recruiting, basketball and more … Want to be a Graduate Assistant at USC? You'll need a pretty impressive resume … Arizona has adjusted to the loss of Brandon Ashley.
From Salt Lake City — What's that you ask? Why am I still in Salt Lake City? Blame Seattle and its freak blizzards. But the phones still work in Utah, and we were able to get more details on the weekend arrest of wide receiver Gabe Marks. Here is our story in today's paper on the topic … The Washington men got demolished by Colorado … But the women upset No. 3 Stanford, which basically never ever loses at women's basketball … Arizona has hit a rough patch. Oregon State is improving. The the gap between the two is still miles wide, which was proven when the two met up yesterday … Colorado is getting the cash it needs to improve football facilities … Here's a weird recruiting story.
From Salt Lake City — “They” say that more bad than good can happen in the offseason. Well Washington State's offseason isn't off to a great start, with wide receiver Gabe Marks getting arrested on Saturday for four misdemeanors … More bad than good happened for WSU in Utah as well, where the Cougars got ran out of Jon M. Huntsman's building … Arizona State is looking pretty good after beating Oregon, which was once thought to be pretty good itself. What wasn't good was the behavior of some ASU fans … UCLA completed a season sweep over rival USC … Arizona's Brandon Ashley probably hasn't played his last college game … Today the Ashley-less Wildcats will take on Oregon State … The Huskies will need a bounce back performance from Andrew Andrews to sweep Colorado.
From Salt Lake City — Last night we reported that backup quarterback Austin Apodaca has decided to transfer from Washington State and has left the football program … Today the basketball team will take on Utah and should be prepared for a hostile environment … The WSU women came very close to earning their first-ever win over Stanford … Here's a nice profile on WSU football (and basketball?) signee Jalen Canty … Cal suffered a tragedy yesterday when a player collapsed during conditioning … Ted Miller answers questions in his Pac-12 Mailbag … The Ducks need a win tomorrow at Arizona State to keep even the faintest postseason hope flickering … USC and UCLA are set to rumble for the second time this season.
From Pullman — Former Washington State safety passed another mile marker on his road to the NFL, receiving an invite to the NFL combine … Here's a column from Bud Withers on the recruiting class WSU signed on Wednesday … Mark Sandritter recaps the class … Washington has indefinitely suspended two key players … Utah picked up another Pac-12 win at home, holding off the Huskies … Oregon State fell to Arizona State in overtime … Arizona won another close one, this time over Oregon.