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CSI Introduces Phay As New Coach

The College of Southern Idaho Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Jared Phay as the new men's basketball head coach. Phay joins the Golden Eagles after 10 years as the North Idaho College head coach. "We have watched him grow. We have watched his program through the years and Jared does things the right way." said CSI Athletic Director Joel Bate "We are excited to see what he can accomplish here at CSI and welcome him into our Golden Eagle family." During his time with the Cardinals, he was named Region 18 Coach of the Year three times. He won Scenic West Athletic Conference Championships in 2006, 2009 and 2010. The last seven years, he has posted 20 wins or more and has 221 career wins at North Idaho. In 2010-2011, Phay led the Cardinals to their first ever No. 1 national ranking in school history from Nov. 23, 2010 to Jan. 4, 2011/College of Southern Idaho sports department. More here.


I have to admit that this would be cool

Early next week you might find yourself on the phone or exchanging emails with someone in a different part of the country.

Let's say it is someone who is a decent person but who, you suspect, isn't all that impressed with Spokane.

He'll say: "So, did I just see that Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in the country?"

And you say: "Oh yeah, I guess that's right."

He'll say: "No. 1. That's something."

And you say: "Yeah, they are having an OK season."

Heh heh heh.

Louisville-UK rivalry sparks fight at clinic

By BRUCE SCHREINER,Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say the Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry boiled over at a Kentucky dialysis clinic when one patient punched another during an argument about the teams.

Georgetown police Lt. Robert Swanigan says the altercation began Monday with a verbal exchange between the 68-year-old Kentucky fan and 71-year-old Louisville fan. The men were arguing over who will win when the teams meet in the Final Four on Saturday.

Swanigan says the Kentucky fan, who was receiving treatment, flipped off the Louisville fan, and that the Cardinals fan punched him in the face.

Swanigan says police were called to the Georgetown clinic, but the Kentucky fan has declined to file charges.

He says police thought tensions would rise as Saturday's game approaches, but the fight at the clinic was stranger than they expected.

Georgetown is about 13 miles north of Lexington, where the University of Kentucky is loca

Today’s obscure NCAA reference


Something tells me Ron Patimkin would not have made this year's OSU team.

Almost a home game for West Virginia

You don't need to know much about geography to realize that GU's game with West Virginia is practically a home game for the Mountaineers.

All you need is a familiarity with the 1983 Tom Cruise movie "All The Right Moves."

Set in a dying Pennsylvania steel town reasonably assumed to be near Pittsburgh, the movie has a moment when a star player on Cruise's high school football team is revealed to be headed to a nearby college on a sports scholarship.

That institution of higher learning? That's correct. West Virginia.


March Madness

Sean Davis saw the Slice question asking whether people who have no interest in college basketball sort of dread March.

"I despise it so much I wish I could be put into a coma till it is all over," he wrote. "February is bad enough with the crapity weather. March offers no reprieve with the media focusing on nothing but basketball."

Jim Emory, who describes himself as "one of many people who have zero interest in college basketball," has a different take.

"I absolutely love March," he wrote. "With Paris-Nice starting on March 4th and all the one-day classics to follow, it can only mean one thing: CYCLING SEASON IS BACK!"

You can’t lose them all

There are several different kinds of sports fans that I regard as asses.

One is the Chatty Cathy who bores innocent people with unsolicited talk about his team when the wins are piling up, but then turns silent as a cloistered monk when that team is losing.

With that in mind, I would like to pipe up about my alma mater's 2011-2012 basketball campaign.

I'll have you know that Northern Arizona won its opening game of the Big Sky Conference regular season schedule. And then the Lumber People — as my wife once called them when she couldn't come up with "Lumberjacks" — briskly lost the remaining 15 league games.

Yes, it was quite a year. The grim, unloved coach resigned after about five games. And he was replaced on an interim basis by a white-haired gentleman who — I might not have this exactly right — hadn't coached on any level since Warren G. Harding was president.

And the players, well, I hope they at least have the excuse of being actual students.

About the only highlight of the season was beating obviously terrible Arizona State in December.

But at least now there's something good to say: It's over.

My favorite college basketball player

Was not someone you would remember.

When I was kid, it was a guy who played for the University of Dayton named Don May. He had the smoothest jump shot.

Here's a picture of him tossing up a prayer against someone you might actually recall in the 1967 NCAA championship game. After upsetting North Carolina in the semis, Dayton lost to UCLA.


2010-11 college basketball preview

We gave our college basketball previews a facelift. Click below to see our special section on the men’s and women’s basketball programs at Gonzaga, Washington State, Eastern Washington and Idaho.

The Social Net

John Wooden, UCLA Coach, 99, RIP

In this Dec. 9, 2005, file photo, Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden poses for a picture after a news conference in Anaheim, Calif., about Saturday’s Wooden Classic basketball tournament. Wooden, college basketball’s gentlemanly Wizard of Westwood who built one of the greatest dynasties in all of sports at UCLA and became one of the most revered coaches ever, has died. He was 99. New York Times story here. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Question: Besides the wins and NCAA championships, what set John Wooden apart as a giant among college basketball coaches? Is there anyone comparable today?