Sports in brief: Kramer fills WSU noncoaching role

TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010

College football: Former Eastern Washington head coach Mike Kramer (pictured) has been hired as football operations assistant at Washington State.

In the position, which reports to operations coordinator Shawn Deeds, Kramer will be working for his former assistant, Paul Wulff. The noncoaching position has been unfilled for more than six months. Kramer, who lives in Colton, began work last week.

Kramer, who was 37-32 in his six seasons as Eagles head coach, left EWU for Montana State. Starting at MSU in 2000, Kramer won three Big Sky titles and posted a 40-43 mark before being dismissed in May 2007.

Kramer contested the dismissal and a lawsuit he filed against MSU is scheduled to come to trial in August.

The Cougars also have hired Sheldon Cross as a graduate assistant. Cross was most recently head coach at Bellevue’s Interlake High.

Vince Grippi

GU women 24th in AP rankings

Women’s basketball: Gonzaga moved into the Associated Press Top 25 for the second time in school history.

The Bulldogs (18-4) are ranked 24th. They were ranked at the end of the 2004-05 season for two weeks, coming in at No. 25 and moving up to 24 before losing in the West Coast Conference tournament.

With the Bulldogs men ranked No. 17, Gonzaga is one of nine schools with both its men’s and women’s team in the Top 25.

Only two other WCC teams have been ranked in the AP women’s poll. Santa Clara made it in December of 1988 and San Francisco was in 13 times in 1980 and 1981.

When GU coach Kelly Graves was an assistant at Portland, the Pilots were ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll at the end of the 1997 season.

The coaches poll for the women is released today. The Bulldogs were 29th last week.

Dave Trimmer

M’s add another right-handed bat

Baseball: Ryan Garko and the Mariners agreed to a $550,000, one-year contract Monday as Seattle tried to address its need for a right-handed hitter.

Terms of the contract obtained by the Associated Press show the 29-year-old first baseman and designated hitter could nearly double his salary, to $1,075,000, if he becomes a regular for Seattle with 600 plate appearances.

His career high in plate appearances is 563 with Cleveland in 2008, when he hit .273 with 14 homers and a career-best 90 RBIs.

He split time between Cleveland and San Francisco last season.

Garko is a former All-American at Stanford and 2003 Johnny Bench Award winner as the best college catcher. He has yet to play the position in the major leagues.

Associated Press

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