Men’s Basketball: Gonzaga coach Mark Few has stepped down as an assistant coach with USA Basketball’s U-19 team.
Few, who assisted Billy Donovan on the team last summer, decided he needed to dedicate all his time on Gonzaga’s program. The Zags lost assistant coach Ray Giacoletti to Drake and All-American forward Kelly Olynyk decided to skip his senior season to enter the NBA Draft.
“It was tough, because I had so much fun with (assistant) Shaka (Smart) and Billy,” Few told Sporting News. “As much as I wanted to do it and be around those guys … it was all about me. It was just too tough.
“We’ve got to pick up some guys and keep the thing rolling.”
The U.S. team will play in the U-19 world championships June 27- July 7 in Prague.
Cougar cited for false statement
Football: Washington State defensive tackle Toni Pole was issued a citation late Saturday night for making a false statement to a Pullman police officer.
A Pullman PD spokesperson said police were called about a noise complaint earlier in the night and issued a warning to Pole, who they say provided a false name and birth date.
When police responded to another noise complaint at the same address later that night, the same officer said he recognized Pole and realized he had given them a fake name earlier. He provided his real name the second time, and was written a ticket for making a false statement to police.
Pole’s alleged crime is a gross misdemeanor. The fourth-year junior is from Union City, Calif.
A WSU spokesman said the team will handle the matter internally.
Vikings’ stadium design unveiled
NFL: The Minnesota Vikings will have a fixed roof and moveable front windows on their new stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Designer Bryan Trubey presented images of the $975 million project Monday night. It will replace the 31-year-old Metrodome, which the Vikings will vacate after the 2013 season. They’ll play outside at the University of Minnesota for two years while the new venue is under construction.