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A GRIP ON SPORTS • There must be a correlation. The weekend TV schedule is a bit light. That’s OK, though. It is supposed to be in the 70s around these parts this weekend, with the sun showing itself for at least some of it. It’s a trade off we’ll be happy to make from now until football season begins, right?
New Arizona basketball coach Tommy Lloyd warned in his first sentence that he might get a little emotional. He kept his word less than a minute into his opening remarks at Thursday’s press conference in Tucson.Lloyd worked his way up on Few’s staff, developing a well-earned reputation for his recruiting prowess, game planning and knowledge of Xs and Os. Lloyd landed the Arizona job on Wednesday and he was introduced to the program’s passionate fan base Thursday.
Lloyd was officially unveiled as the new Wildcats coach on Thursday in Tucson, Arizona.
Five-star guard Hunter Sallis made it official, signing his letter of intent with Gonzaga after verbally committing last month on his 18th birthday.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Sitting in a pile of papers on my desk is a worn yellow legal pad. On it is a whole bunch of lines, circles and squiggles. The type of scratches that is actually informative if you know how to break the code. Tommy Lloyd’s code.
In any other year, Gonzaga Prep and Central Valley's girls soccer teams should have qualified for state. Both squads boasted the talent and veteran coaching staff.
So does Tommy Lloyd have to give back the calling card now?
Longtime Bulldogs assistant coach Tommy Lloyd, a key figure in the program’s rise on the national stage, has been hired as Arizona’s head coach. He agreed to a five-year contract, pending approval of the school’s Board of Regents.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • There are always holes in the sports schedule in April. Big events, sure, but the month also features days when it seems as if little is going on. Thankfully, we’ve adapted over the years and are willing to mine out-of-the-way places to get you your daily fix. Like Pullman.
Arizona appears to be trying to expand its search for a new men’s basketball coach and a former Wildcats’ standout player criticized Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd’s candidacy.
Gonzaga freshman catcher Stephen Lund suffered a serious leg injury sliding into second base in the sixth inning, and the remainder of the Bulldogs’ 9-0 nonconference baseball win over Washington State was canceled Tuesday at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.
There’s a decent chance that one or two former Gonzaga players will hear their names called in Thursday’s WNBA draft.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • Bloomsday wasn’t in May last year. It wasn’t even in the spring, held virtually in September thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. This year it will combine the virtual nature of last year with the usual timeline of spring to give us a hybrid event. That’s how you make lemonade out of the year’s many lemons.
By From staff reports
Despite the loss to Baylor, the Zags stand as one of the best ever from the western third of the country.
A GRIP ON SPORTS • A surprise winner at Augusta National. A surprise comeback in Minnesota. A surprising Sunday? That’s a good thing.
From staff reports
Oumar Ballo became the second Gonzaga post player this week to put his name in the transfer portal.
Arizona’s search for a new men’s basketball coach has sent the rumor mill into overdrive, but most signs continue to point in Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd’s direction.
The sounds of summer while sitting on the stoops of the streets of Philadelphia during the 1970s emanated from a small box. It was the crack of the bat and the occasional crackle from the lost radio signal.