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Gonzaga’s unique success has proven ‘impossible’ to replicate elsewhere

The national title game would have been held Monday, and Gonzaga had hoped, as it does every year, to cut down the nets to claim its first national championship in men’s basketball. But even without such a victory to stamp its legacy, its stamp is found in more and more places across the country as its coaches and players try to bring tenets of the Gonzaga Way to other programs.

Former EWU coach Ray Giacoletti resigns at Drake

Drake coach Ray Giacoletti abruptly resigned Tuesday after three-plus seasons, saying it was time for a “new voice” to lead the Bulldogs out of a skid that has them just 1-7 so far this season.

Well-coached North Dakota State keeps things simple

Ray Giacoletti has fielded several phone calls from media this week, thanks to the involvement of former employers Gonzaga, North Dakota State and Eastern Washington in March Madness. “After winning nine games this season,” Giacoletti cracked, “it hasn’t been that way very often lately.”

GU notes: Bulldogs battle during spirited Monday practices

The Seattle Seahawks have “Competition Wednesdays,” when the first-team offense tangles with the first-team defense. Gonzaga doesn’t have a catchy nickname for its Monday practices but the premise is similar.

Giacoletti new Drake head coach

Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti has had several chances to return to the head-coaching ranks the last few years but he was admittedly picky about finding the right fit. After meeting twice with Drake University officials, first on Sunday and again on Wednesday, Giacoletti was convinced that a return to his Missouri Valley Conference roots was the correct career move.

Giacoletti accepts head coaching job at Drake

Drake Universit introduced Ray Giacoletti as its new men's basketball coach at a Thursday afternoon press conference in Des Moines, Iowa. He agreed to a five-year contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

Drake interviews GU’s Giacoletti

Men’s college basketball: Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti interviewed Sunday for Drake University’s head coaching job, sources said. Giacoletti, who has been at GU for six seasons, is believed to be a finalist at Drake, a Missouri Valley Conference school in Des Moines, Iowa. Gonzaga lost to Wichita State of the MVC on Saturday in the NCAA tournament.

Puttin’ their heads together

Gonzaga sophomore guard Kevin Pangos had a discussion with assistant coach Tommy Lloyd on Monday about a specific play from the BYU game that resulted in a Cougars’ turnover. Pangos did exactly what the coaches had told him earlier in the week and “in the game it worked perfectly,” he said. “We were talking about how that scouting and execution worked so well for us.”

Zags thrive on their version of scouting combine

Gonzaga sophomore guard Kevin Pangos had a discussion with assistant coach Tommy Lloyd on Monday about a specific play from the BYU game that resulted in a Cougars’ turnover. Pangos did exactly what the coaches had told him earlier in the week and “in the game it worked perfectly,” he said. “We were talking about how that scouting and execution worked so well for us.” Like many things that unfold in a basketball game, it was probably something mentioned on the scouting report compiled by an assistant coach. For example, sixth-year assistant Ray Giacoletti had the BYU scout. He watched four videos of BYU games and a couple of Bulldogs-Cougars contests. He put together several pages containing an overview of BYU’s offense and defense, and a section on individual players with three or four of their tendencies.

Salinas estate hit with 259 claims

DALLAS – Investors are saying they lost more than $50 million in a Ponzi scheme allegedly orchestrated by David Salinas, the Houston financial adviser with close ties to college basketball who committed suicide last year. A report filed by the court-appointed receiver in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s suit against Salinas’ estate said 130 people or entities have filed 259 claims seeking $51 million for their losses, most the result of investing in what are now being described as bogus corporate bonds.

Gonzaga sophomore forward on 6-game roll

Recruiting is acknowledged as an inexact science. Coaches pore over every measurable, every statistic and every plus/minus to a prospect’s game. Recruiting services offer rankings, video and analysis. And then there’s the case of Gonzaga’s Sam Dower, a bit of a late bloomer with a knack for, as ex-Washington State basketball coach Kelvin Sampson used to say of scorers, “putting the brown thing in the round thing.”

Salinas estate sued

DALLAS – A money manager for college basketball coaches who committed suicide last month was part of a scheme that defrauded more than 100 investors of $39 million through the sale of bogus corporate bonds, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in a lawsuit Monday. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston, targets the estate of David Salinas and asks that it and other defendants give up funds and benefits they allegedly obtained illegally through the bond scheme and another involving two private funds. The SEC also is seeking an undetermined amount in penalties.