Thursday, July 18, 2013.
Last week he was hosting the Graham DeLaet Charity Classic in Saskatoon, raising money for junior golf. This week he’s tackling the sport’s biggest challenge, the British Open. DeLaet birdied the ninth hole at Muirfield today and was one-over at the turn. Things were manageable for the former Boise State star in the first round of his first major. But the back nine took its toll on DeLaet. Two bogeys and a double-bogey left him at five-over 76, equaling his highest score of the season. DeLaet, believed to be only the second Bronco ever to play in a major (after David Lebeck in the 1999 U.S. Open), said going into the tournament that the Scottish wind wouldn’t bother him, having grown up playing in Saskatechewan. Must have been the cavernous bunkers.
Dave Southorn of the Statesman reports that quarterback Jimmy Laughrea, who left the Boise State program after spring football, will transfer to UC Davis. Not a bad place for a QB—that’s where Bronco coach Chris Petersen, College of Idaho coach Mike Moroski, and former NFLers Ken O’Brien and J.T. O’Sullivan all played. The Aggies are now coached by one-time Boise State secondary coach Ron Gould. UC Davis is an FCS school, so Laughrea will be eligible to play this season, with three years of eligibility remaining.
Ted Miller’s Pac-12 blog at ESPN.com presents an interesting scenario on the Austin Seferian-Jenkins/Kasen Williams situation at Washington. To suspend or not suspend the star players who have run afoul of the law in recent months? What if coach Steve Sarkisian suspended Seferian-Jenkins and Williams for Games 2 and 3 versus Illinois and Idaho State but played them against Boise State August 31? “Sarkisian would get plenty of blowback…for what would amount to an admission that winning the Boise State game mattered more than that whole ‘molding young men into upstanding citizens’ thing,” writes Miller. “Yet here's the reality: If the Huskies win 10 games and earn a final top-25 ranking this fall, no one will be talking about Sarkisian going soft on Williams and Seferian-Jenkins.”
For the Huskies, it’s all about the here and now, and that’s the Broncos in 44 days. Writes Miller, “If Sarkisian shows leniency, it could end up loosening his grip on the locker room, where guys might believe they'll also get a pass. It could become a long-term negative for his tenure. But is Sarkisian thinking long-term? He is under moderate pressure to produce this season or find his seat warming substantially. And he has the team to do it...at least when you factor in having A-list guys at tight end and receiver. It's a tough call. But the only reason we'd still be talking about it in December is if the Huskies underachieve and fans are grousing about Sarkisian.”
Idaho is a beneficiary of the Mountain West’s new contract with Root Sports this season. Wyoming’s matchup with the Vandals September 7 in Laramie is part of the 10-game Root Mountain West schedule. It’s the first Idaho game of this year’s independent slate to find a TV home. Last year’s tilt with the Cowboys was the one that got away for the Vandals, a painful chapter that was symptomatic of a 1-11 season. Wyo escaped with a 40-37 victory in the Kibbie Dome.
The Boise Hawks did enough in the second inning to put Hillsboro away last night, and they won their fifth straight game, 5-1, to go back over the .500 mark. The Hawks scored three times in the second with plenty of help from the Hops. Boise manufactured the first run via two walks, a hit batsman and two passed balls. The other two scored on a single by Carlos Penalver. The Hawks pitching staff has now allowed just five runs in the past four games as the team returns home tonight to face the Seattle Mariners’ Northwest League affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, who lead the North Division with a sparkling 22-11 record.
The Boise State men’s basketball team has drawn a tough assignment to open the Diamond Head Classic December 22, if only because it’s against the host team. The Broncos will face Hawaii in the nightcap on ESPNU on the first day of the tournament. The Warriors have been very average under coach Gib Arnold—they were 15-13, 10-8 in conference, in their first season of play in the weak Big West. Boise State will play three games in the event; its second game will be versus either Saint Mary’s or South Carolina.
Back to golf, T.K. Kim was unable to extend his stroke play momentum from Tuesday into yesterday’s match play opener at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship. The recent Boise State standout fell in the round of 64 at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA, and it was decisive. Nick Brothers of Crystal River, FL, ushered Kim out of the tournament, 6 and 5. Kim was done in by five bogeys and a double-bogey the day after he had carded a two-under 68. Next up for Kim is the Monday qualifier for the Albertsons Boise Open.
This Day In Sports…July 18, 1993, 20 years ago today:
Greg Norman wins only the second major of his career, and it would be the final one, as he captures the British Open championship at Royal St. George. Ironically, it was on this day in 1986 that Norman won his other major, taking the British Open at Turnberry. Despite his penchant for fading in the final rounds of majors during his career, including some classic meltdowns, Norman finished as the world’s No. 1 player in seven different seasons.
(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.)