Tuesday, May 14, 2013.
Now it becomes clear that Titus Young may be lucky to be alive today. Bill Palttos, owner of the San Clemente, CA, home allegedly broken into by Young last Friday night, told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles he was prepared to shoot Young. Palttos confronted the former Boise State and Detroit Lions wide receiver. “I just yelled at him, ‘You better get the hell out of my house,’” Palttos told the station. “I feel sorry for him, and I’m sure glad that he left and I didn’t have to find out what’s going to happen if he came in,” Palttos said, “because I’m afraid I would have shot him.” It’s astonishing, concerning, and downright scary what’s happening to Titus Young.
Interestingly, the media in Detroit have been covering the story extensively. Lions beat writer Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wrote last night about an interview with Young’s dad, Richard. The elder Young was having what he said was a good day with his son last Friday when he mistakenly gave Titus the key to his black Mustang (which Titus wasn’t supposed to drive after his two arrests the previous Sunday). “He took off and we ain’t seen him since,” said Richard Young. His dad said Titus had sought help recently at outpatient facilities in Texas and in Newport Beach and Malibu. “We want y’all to pray for the Young family,” Richard Young said. “Ain’t nothing we can do, man, but pray. We just want Titus to get well. We ain’t thinking about football, we’re thinking about our son now because I don’t know what’s going on with him.”
You would think that Young’s former running mate at Boise State, Austin Pettis, would know him well. Pettis, the St. Louis Rams wideout, is the Broncos’ all-time leader in receptions, while Young is BSU’s career leader in receiving yards. Their college careers were concurrent, from 2007-10. Pettis was on Idaho SportsTalk yesterday, and while acknowledging that he and Young were friends in their Boise State days, he says he hasn’t had much contact lately with his troubled colleague. “He has a real good heart,” said Pettis. “He’s in a tough situation right now. He’s a funny guy—I’m sad this is happening to him.” Pettis will be back in Boise at the end of the month for Alex Guerrero’s 5th annual Gridiron Dreams Football Academy.
Quintin Mikell is the antithesis of Titus Young. Mikell never had anything handed to him. He redshirted instead of playing as a true freshman at Boise State. Despite two conference Defensive Player of the Year awards with the Broncos, Mikell went undrafted in 2003. He signed on as a free agent in Philadelphia and worked his way from special teams to starting safety and played in the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl. Mikell was picked up by the Rams for his football smarts and leadership in 2011. He was released in a salary cap move two months ago, but the latest word is the Rams think enough of Mikell that they could still bring him back.
If Alex Smith still has wheels, this could be a good idea. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid has hired the inventor of the Pistol offense, former Nevada coach Chris Ault, as an offensive consultant. Ault is intensely familiar with the San Francisco offense that was tweaked in favor of Pistol protégé Colin Kaepernick after he took over Smith’s starting job. Smith has since signed with the Chiefs, and Ault could define the facets of the Pistol that would allow Smith to thrive. It’s ironic that Smith, the first overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, never had a chance to run the Pistol with the Niners. It’s a compelling new chapter for Ault, who spent 37 seasons as coach and/or athletic director of the Wolf Pack.
I have a selfish reason for going to Mountain West Conference broadcasting news today. San Diego State is moving its football and men’s basketball games to the one-time home of the late Wolfman Jack. The Aztecs will be heard on XEPRS-AM, the “Mighty 1090,” licensed to Rosarito in Baja California. It was on that station Wolfman Jack ruled the nighttime airwaves from 1965-72. With higher power allowed on Mexican frequencies, the Wolfman’s show would reach nooks and crannies all over the West, including Boise. He once made a stop on the south hill in Meridian, doing a couple wild hours live on KFXD in 1971 to promote a Labor Day rock festival in Hailey. Learfield Sports, which also holds Boise State’s rights, is making the switch for SDSU. We’ll see if the Aztecs come in on the Mighty 1090 here the way Wolfman Jack used to.
Rutgers, searching for a new athletic director in the wake of the Mike Rice abusive coaching scandal, was zeroing in on Fresno State’s Thomas Boeh. But Boeh, once seen as a front-runner, has withdrawn his name from consideration. The position with the Scarlet Knights opened up five weeks ago when Tim Pernetti accepted a $1.2 million settlement to resign. Boeh has brought some calm to the Bulldogs’ athletic department since being named AD in 2005. There have been no academic scandals, although many feel it took far too long to make the change in the football program that brought Tim DeRuyter to Fresno last year—and gave the Bulldogs their first league championship since 1999.
The Idaho Stampede has three representatives at the 2013 NBA Development League’s Elite Mini-Camp in Chicago, already underway. Justin Harper, Reggie Hamilton and Josh Owens are showcasing their skills in front of NBA scouts and executives looking to fill Summer League and training camp rosters. Harper, a 6-10 forward, played in 48 of the Stampede’s 50 games this past season, avergaing 11½ points and 6½ rebounds. Owens, the 6-9 forward out of Stanford, played 42 games and averaged 5½ points and 4½ rebounds. Hamilton saw action in 18 games with the Stamps.
The College of Idaho women’s softball team threw its best at St. Gregory’s of Oklahoma to open the NAIA Championships yesterday. Good move. Nickayla Skinner tossed a one-hit shutout, leading the Lady Yotes to a 2-0 victory in the Irvine Bracket. It was the C of I’s 10th consecutive win, taking them into a game this morning against Concordia, the pod’s No. 1 seed, for a spot in the bracket title game.
This Day In Sports…May 14, 2011:
Boise State’s final conference competition after 10 years as a member of the WAC, as the Broncos finish second on the men’s side and seventh among the women at the conference track and field championships in Honolulu. It also marked the final time Boise State and Idaho would ever face each other in a conference event. The Broncos’ greatest successes during the WAC era came in football, of course. The final report card showed 75 wins, five losses and six undefeated seasons in league play, and a perfect 40-0 record on the blue turf.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)