In the wake of the sudden firing of coach Don Verlin on the cusp of a University of Idaho presidential regime change last spring, the Vandals men’s basketball team was in dire need of some kind of stability.
Summer session classes at the University of Idaho start Monday, and the ongoing suspension of men’s basketball coach Don Verlin has implications for five prospective Vandals who are junior college transfers.
Moscow Mountain, looming on the horizon and shrouded with rain, was a symbol at a soggy University of Idaho groundbreaking ceremony Thursday that the UI is doing more than building a new basketball venue.
The future of University of Idaho basketball was celebrated Thursday in a groundbreaking ceremony for a new arena that has been on a wish list for half a century. But the present remains roiled in uncertainty.
University of Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, one day after university officials received a consultant’s final report detailing three potential violations of NCAA bylaws.
MOSCOW, Idaho – Had life taken a different course, Chris Tormey’s athletic legacy would be bounded by the universe of Gonzaga Prep and Idaho Vandals fans in the early- and mid-1970s. They would remember him as a Spokane high school standout and an All-Big Sky Conference linebacker, defensive end and team captain who persevered against a pair of serious knee injuries before spending a brief time in the Washington Redskins’ preseason camp in 1978.
No longer ago than last spring, Idaho’s impressionable young defenders could sit around the locker room after practice and listen to the old linebackers tell stories about their Super Bowl season. Or so it seemed.
Seniors Mikayla Ferenz and Taylor Pierce keyed a third-quarter comeback that saw the Vandals outscore Denver University 36-9 and sprint away from a nine-point halftime deficit to an 88-66 victory in a second-round Women’s National Invitation Tournament game.
He didn’t sweep into Pullman with the force of a tornado, and he hasn’t thrown an iconic touchdown pass to a receiver sliding into a snowbank to win the Apple Cup, like his father. But there is another Bledsoe wearing No. 11 for the Washington State football team, and in the Cougars’ second spring workout, he had a pretty good day.
Idaho’s ongoing 14-game losing streak includes 11 double-digit losses and a 41-point drubbing at Montana. But the Vandals came within a missed shot at the buzzer of taking Portland State to overtime in a 67-65 nail biter that Idaho led most of the way.