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Whitworth seniors have left legacy on gridiron

The Pine Bowl will welcome today a group of 16 senior Whitworth football players who are seeking an historic finish to careers that were interrupted by the turmoil of a coaching change.

George Fox’s game at Whitworth will create Tully reunion

Whitworth is hosting homecoming on Saturday, but the annual event has a deeper meaning as the Pirates welcome a George Fox team that is loaded with coaching ties to the Whitworth program. The Bruins (2-1) restarted football operations in 2014 after a 46-year hiatus and hired head coach Chris Casey, who previously served as defensive coordinator at Whitworth from 1994-04.

Pirates use spring practices for ‘family’ activities

New Whitworth football coach Rod Sandberg barks out instructions as his linebackers and defensive ends run through a series of padded dummies and deliver sweeping haymakers before they run and tackle the last one and roll to their feet. The players and coaches all sprint to their next station and all must answer the coach when he yells out a question. “What are we about?" ‘FAMILY,’ the team screams in response.

Whitworth begins learning new football system

With a new football coach in hand, the Whitworth Pirates started spring practices this week with the tall order of learning new offensive and defensive schemes. Whitworth hired Rod Sandberg last fall to replace John Tully, who resigned. Sandberg then hired Alan Stanfield away from Shadle Park to run Whitworth’s offense.

Sandberg working to assemble squad

Rod Sandberg has been the new football coach at Whitworth University for almost three weeks, but until Monday his office has his cell phone … in Wheaton, Illinois. His former school, Wheaton College, has allowed Sandberg to use his old office until he flew into town Friday night. His first goal Saturday morning was to find a house to purchase. His second stop was to visit the home of a Shadle Park player who Sandberg hopes will become a Pirate.

Whitworth picks Rod Sandberg as football coach

Whitworth University announced Monday the hiring of Rod Sandberg as its next head football coach to replace John Tully. Whitworth chose Sandberg, a defensive coordinator from Division III Wheaton College, over two other finalists: Chris Tormey, who is from Spokane and has head coaching experience at Idaho and Nevada, and John Sala, the head coach at Louisburg (N.C.) College.

Sources: Chris Tormey in mix for Whitworth football coaching job

The search for the head football coach at Whitworth University could be over by the end of the week and one of three finalists is former Idaho and Nevada head coach Chris Tormey, sources have confirmed. Tormey spent most of Wednesday on the Whitworth campus, according to two sources who asked not to be named. A source close to the search indicated Whitworth officials want to make an offer to one of the three candidates by Friday. The sources would not identify the other two candidates.

Sources: Tormey in mix for Whitworth job

The search for the head football coach at Whitworth University could be over by the end of the week and one of three finalists is former Idaho and Nevada head coach Chris Tormey, two sources have confirmed.

Whitworth, Tully part ways

Whitworth University announced Tuesday that John Tully resigned as the Pirates’ football coach after having won his 100th game Saturday. At 19 years, Tully had the longest tenure and most wins for Whitworth, which finished a disappointing 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the Northwest Conference.

Treasured Pirate

Football games on television continue to haunt former Whitworth University great Michael Allan. The worst comes when he sees players he tested against in the 2007 NFL scouting combine or those he later shared locker rooms with on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.

Big brothers

When defenses line up this year against the Whitworth Pirates, they have to try to run around or through a pair of brothers who simply are huge. Dalton and Kyle Cosby, of Spokane Valley, weigh more than 600 pounds combined on the hoof in their size-16 shoes.

Whitworth looks impressive in opener

A stingy defense and explosive offense led the Whitworth Pirates to an impressive 36-7 over St. Scholastica in the opening game for both teams.

Whitworth has good depth on both sides of ball

Injuries produce depth Whitworth Pirates head coach John Tully said it’s just the nature of football that some players will miss time to injury. But the Pirates had several devastating injuries, including Fernando Noriega, that cost players time last year. As a result, the coaches ended up playing some players out of position just to fill holes.