At least two candidates for the vacant University of Idaho men’s basketball head coaching job are expected to interview today.
Vandals’ assistant coach Dave Farrar and Stanford assistant Doug Oliver will kick off what likely will be a busy weekend as UI searches for Kermit Davis’ replacement.
Davis left UI after one season for an associate coaching position at Louisiana State University earlier this week.
Farrar, the head coach at Middle Tennessee State for five years before coming to Moscow, hasn’t returned phone messages. Farrar also coached Hutchinson Junior College to the national championship in 1988.
Oliver is the dean of Pac-10 Conference assistant coaches with 11 years at Stanford. He also has assisted at Utah and Boise State and coached high school ball in Montana and California.
“I’m very much excited (to visit),” Oliver said.
North Idaho College coach Hugh Watson, a former Vandals assistant, who was a semifinalist when the UI job went to Joe Cravens four years ago, met with Idaho athletic director Oval Jaynes on Thursday in Plummer, sources in Moscow said.
It wasn’t known if the meeting was considered an interview.
Idaho may make a selection as soon as Monday or Tuesday.
Oregon State ace Mark Newell struck out 12 Washington State batters and the Beavers defeated the Cougars 9-6 in a Pacific-10 North opener at Corvallis, Ore.
The Cougars (2-24) outhit Oregon State 12-11 and did not commit an error, but couldn’t rally off Newell in the late innings.
Scott Randall, Ray Hattenburg, Steve Curran and Casey Kelley collected 11 of the Cougars’ hits, but the bottom of the WSU lineup reached Newell (6-0) for just one hit.
Community Colleges of Spokane racked up 24 hits and took advantage of six Columbia Basin errors to score a 24-1 victory in a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges game at Spokane Falls.
The Sasquatch had 21 singles and scored multiple runs in six innings, including an eight-run fourth.
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