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In brief: Longtime Vandal Anderson dies

Thu., Jan. 17, 2013, midnight

Colleges: Former University of Idaho athlete, coach and athletics administrator Wayne Anderson died Wednesday. He was 82.

Anderson, a native of Spokane and 1949 graduate of Rogers High School, played football and baseball for the Vandals before serving as an assistant coach in football and basketball, and ultimately taking on head coaching roles in basketball and baseball.

His days as a student-athlete included triple duty in football as a quarterback, defensive lineman and punter, in addition to baseball.

Anderson was honored as the Big Sky Conference basketball coach of the year in 1968 and the league’s baseball coach of the year in 1965 and 1966.

He left coaching in 1970 for an assistant athletic director position, where he served for four years before spending the next eight years in the private sector. He returned to the Vandals in 1983 and was an assistant athletic director until he retired in 1994. He is a charter member of the Vandal Hall of Fame.

Mead’s Mattingly Oregon-bound

College football: Mead football standout Danny Mattingly, who gave an oral commitment to Notre Dame in early July only to de-commit, has given Oregon a commitment, Mead coach Sean Carty said.

“It’s the nature of the beast these days,” Carty said. “A lot of kids make early commitments and change their minds.”

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly was at Mead on Monday visiting with Mattingly and Carty. On Wednesday morning, Kelly took the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Mattingly, a two-way starter at tight end and linebacker, was named the Greater Spokane League’s defensive most valuable player last fall.

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Gleason House gets big donation

Charity: The Team Gleason House for Innovative Living in New Orleans, which helps ALS and MS patients continue living more productive lives, received a big boost from JPMorgan Chase on Wednesday with a grant for $350,000.

Gleason, the former Washington State University and New Orleans Saints football player, was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. He has been in the forefront in the fight to help people cope with the disease.


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