About the only thing not changing about Whitworth football this season is that the Pirates will continue to play home games at the Pine Bowl. New coach Rod Sandberg, who is taking over after 19 years of John Tully, has brought in a new 3-4 defensive scheme. He also hired former Shadle Park coach Alan Stanfield to bring a pass-first, quick-strike offense.
A week before Whitworth players arrived, new head coach Rod Sandberg invited all of his assistants and their wives over for dinner. He gave the wives a Pirate coffee mug and a note, which thanked them in advance for the impact on their lives from taking their husbands away for the next several months.
Spreading the wealth Last year, the Eagles got 2,924 of their 5,247 receiving yards (or 55.7 percent) from just two players: the graduated Ashton Clark (1,233 yards and 10 touchdowns) and All-American Cooper Kupp (1,691 yards and 21 TDs). Assuming Kupp, now a redshirt sophomore, gets more attention this year from opposing defenses, it will be up to others to pick up the slack. That includes senior Cory Mitchell (47 catches, 699 yards last year) and junior Shaq Hill (38 catches, 790 yards), plus veteran Blair Bomber – all of whom can expect to line up in Eastern’s four-receiver sets.
Perhaps student-athletes should manage their time better. Shower faster, don’t get hurt, and by all means don’t talk to the media.
There are days when Dylan Zylstra asks himself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to just go to class?” Just class, nothing else. No endless sessions in the film room, no lifting heavy plates in the weight room and the dining room. No getting knocked on his butt at practice.
Returning to a bowl game Last season the Cougars made it through one of the nation’s toughest schedules to end a decade-long bowl drought. They’ll have to do it again if they want to follow that drought by building a streak.
When Tracy Cracraft sent her son, River, off to play football at Washington State, she never knew she’d see him on the field so often his freshman season. And she didn’t realize how little she’d see of him off the field the rest of the year.
A conference home at last The Idaho Vandals were FBS vagabonds last season, playing a 12-game independent schedule that was heavy on money games (Florida State, Ole Miss, Washington State) and far-flung trips. This year, Idaho’s travel is still intense – but at least they have a conference home in the NCAA’s top division.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Their job was to stay at the bus station and wait. Paul and Bobby Petrino, with a $1.25 from their dad in their pockets, would park themselves at the pinball machines and keep an eye out for the right bus. They didn’t mind the work.
College football is a modern monument to more. More commitment. More resources. More time. More television. More money. More demands. More divisiveness.