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COVID-19 could still shut down the college basketball season before it even gets started. Just look at how the pandemic has college football on the ropes.
Members of the Black Student Union at Gonzaga University are reeling after anonymous people joined their Zoom meeting Sunday to spew racial slurs in what the university called a “hate crime.”
The Zags edged Baylor to earn the top spot in the preseason AP poll released Monday. Gonzaga has never opened the season in the top spot. GU’s highest preseason ranking was No. 3 in 2018.
What’s a Fan Fest without the fans?
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Football. Not just any football, Washington State football. On a Saturday night. Cougar fans, did you wonder if you would ever have that experience again? Wonder no more. And revel in the result.
Brian Pete’s career path has been unique to say the least and it shows no signs of slowing down.
Walk-ons have had long-standing, meaningful roles at GU, often with little fanfare. They might be a defender for 15 solid minutes of practice drills or simply watch play after play from the sidelines. They put in the same amount of time as scholarship counterparts but playing time is scarce or non-existent.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Are you ready for some Pac-12 football? Sure you are. And your thirst will be quenched today. Unless you are a fan of Utah. Or Arizona. Or Washington. Or California. You Washington State fans? You are just fine. So far.
Add another item to the Thanksgiving Day menu: Gonzaga vs. Kansas.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Is it the apocalypse now? No, not yet. The countdown to Pac-12 football, which has been inching forward for more than a month, hasn’t been paused. But one of the six launches has been scrubbed.
Gonzaga’s schedule has been edited numerous times, but one thing has remained virtually the same: The Zags aren’t exactly tip-toeing into the season.
Drew Timme on Wednesday became the fourth Zag to make a preseason award watch list. Timme, a sophomore forward from Richardson, Texas, is one of 20 on the watch list for the Karl Malone Award, presented annually to the top power forward in Division I basketball.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It is possible to love and hate something at the same time. As evidence we present our cat, which forced us to get out of bed sometime south of 5:30 this morning. Or, to hit more of your hot buttons, college football, which plays the role of the biggest tormentor in this year of the coronavirus.
The bubble appears to be bursting on an idea that WCC men’s and women’s basketball teams play conference games in a quasi-bubble environment in Las Vegas. Conference officials have discussed the concept for a few weeks, but there are numerous potential hurdles and it doesn’t seem to have much support from WCC athletic directors.
Gonzaga senior wing Corey Kispert is among 20 players named to the Julius Erving Award preseason watch list.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • For some reason I’m of the mind that you good folks are distracted this morning. Too busy following a competition of a non-sports kind to really focus on what’s happening on the fields and courts around here. We understand. We’ll keep it simple. And short.
Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi was named to the 20-player preseason watch list for the Jerry West Award.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • It’s election day. In a leap year. Which brings ups memories of presidential elections dating all the way back to the early 1960s. Even then, sports and politics intermingled.
Gonzaga freshman Jalen Suggs is one of 20 players on the preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.
The Pacific Northwest Indian Center (PNIC), a slightly conical cylindrical structure meant to pay tribute to the Native American tipi, began construction in 1968 near Gonzaga University.