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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012




More on Gonzaga and the conference shuffle

It had to happen at some point. Gonzaga's name is being mentioned in the never-ending conference shuffle. Now, who knows if the seven Big East Catholic, non-FBS schools will form a basketball-only conference and whether they would want to bring Gonzaga aboard. There's an incredible...

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Zags involved in conference shuffle?

Could the conference shuffle, which took some time off during the first part of the football season before heating back up, include Gonzaga? There's an ESPN.com report this morning that Gonzaga would be interested in a "national, branded" conference alongside national Catholic-based schools. I asked...

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It's hard to make this stuff up 

A GRIP ON SPORTS A prolific fiction writer can take one line a college basketball story and weave it into a long, easy-to-read bestseller (think Stephen King). We're not prolific. We're not a fiction writer. We're not capable of writing a long, easy-to-read bestseller. But...

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EWU playoff links

It's a big week in Cheney, and our hopefully our coverage will live up to the moment. Three stories today, including John Blanchette's column on football attendance, my report from practice and a look at the Sam Houston State triple/double-option/pistol. Whatever it is, you get...

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Live chat, Bone, links on a Wednesday

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- It is Wednesday, right? These pre-winter days -- can't actually call it winter until Dec. 21, even if it's snowing outside as I type -- all seem to blend together. Yeah, that's all I've got for today. Read on for links.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012


Chiefs gear up for three-game homestand

The Spokane Chiefs have been away from the Arena since Nov. 24, but home fans are about to get a pre-Christmas treat. Spokane will greet three U.S. Division rivals in five days - Friday against Seattle; Saturday against Tri-City and Tuesday against first-place Portland -...

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Tuesdays with Ken Bone

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- WSU head basketball coach Ken Bone met with reporters earlier today. Nothing particularly newsworthy to pass along, but we have his comments below. Read on.

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EWU and Big Sky links

'Tis the season ... for two seasons of sports at the same time at Eastern Washington University. On Monday night, the Eagle men's basketball team fell to visiting Seattle University. Meanwhile, the football team is preparing for the FCS semifinals. So are their opponents, the...

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Tuesday morning links from WSU 

COUGARS FRFOM PULLMAN -- Not a whole lot to report from Pullman itself this morning -- the basketball team had yesterday off and doesn't play until Thursday -- though there are a few items here and there that are worth your attention. With that, read...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

GU’s Gary Bell Jr. drives past Davidson’s JP Kuhlman. (Associated Press)

Zags seeing plenty of good guards

Gonzaga, fresh from facing Illinois' talented trio of guards, moves on to another talented trio against Kansas State on Saturday in Seattle. And later this month, it's Baylor's Pierre Jackson and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart. And then it's on to the WCC and Saint Mary's...

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Brock Motum is Pac-12 Player of the Week 

COUGARS FROM PULLMAN -- For the second time in his career, Washington State forward Brock Motum has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week. Motum scored 23 points against Gonzaga on Wednesday and another 23 against Fresno State on Sunday. He's scored 20 or more...

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Idaho announces hiring of Lee, Anderson 

Ronnie Lee, a former Washington State defensive back and Idaho assistant, is the Vandals' new defensive coordinator and secondary coach. In a release from UI, coach Paul Petrino said Lee was at the top of his list for the job. "For me, I hit the...

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EWU and Big Sky links

It' FCS semifinal week in Cheney, where the Eagles are riding momentum from a 51-35 win over Illinois State last weekend. Two more stories: John Blanchette's column on EWU quarterback Kyle Padron, and the official EWU release from the game. This week it's Sam Houston...

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Seahawks rout prompts a flashback 

A GRIP ON SPORTS Remember when Pete Carroll coached at USC? Remember when his Trojans were beating on Washington State so completely he had Mark Sanchez take a knee inside the 10-yard-line with time running out – in the first half? I thought about that...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 9, 2012


Bulldogs romp to third straight win

Gonzaga sophomore forward Sunny Greinacher capped a superb week Sunday by scoring 16 points during an 83-44 romp past Cal State Fullerton at McCarthey Athletic Center. The effort matched Greinacher's career-best 16 points during Tuesday's win over Eastern Washington. No. 20 Ohio State is the...

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