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A sampling from the past week of entries in The Spokesman-Review blog, Sportslink at

6: Cougars

Zeppos is the usual Thanksgiving meal spot for the team and it sounds like they make a pretty mean turkey.

“I’ll tell you what, Zeppos makes a really good Thanksgiving meal,” offensive line coach Clay McGuire said. “Every year it gets better and better and it’s been good every time.”

“(The turkey) is all moist, I don’t know what they do but they do a good job,” Mike Leach added.

Jacob Thorpe

2: “That’s something I really don’t want to talk about until the season’s over,” Petrino said. “That’s something between me and him and then we’ll address it when the season’s over.”

While Idahoans wait for the Idaho–Boise State football rivalry to start up again (and they might be waiting for a loooong time), the two schools are willing to play each other regularly in one sport, at least.

Idaho and Boise State have clashed in men’s basketball every season since 1971. The two schools have maintained the rivalry even through a series of conference realignments in recent decades. The two current head coaches wanting the game to happen has a lot to do with that. 

“I have a good relationship with (Boise State coach) Leon (Rice),” Idaho coach Don Verlin said. “I’ve known him a long time. It goes back 20-plus years and Leon is a good guy.”

Since 2011, the games have been played on “neutral” courts in the Treasure Valley area. The 2011 game was in Nampa, Idaho (a half-hour drive from Boise) while the last two were at CenturyLink Arena. 

Verlin wants a home-and-home format. 

“Is that game important? Yeah. I just wish it was played differently,” Verlin said. “I wish they would come up here and play once in a while. That doesn’t seem to be something that’s going to happen in the near future. That game will probably continue to be played in Boise.”

As for Verlin and Rice discussing a future home-and-home series …

“I think that decision is made above Leon and I,” Verlin said.

Sean Kramer


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