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“With the (fill in the blank) pick…”

“With the (fill in the blank) pick…”

by Tom Scott

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KTVB.COM

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 7:23 AM

Thursday, April 25, 2013.

They might be the best two cornerbacks in Boise State history.  But Jamar Taylor is in a slightly different position today than former teammate Kyle Wilson was three years ago.  Wilson was seen by some as a top 10 prospect in the NFL Draft—and was then selected as the No. 29 overall pick in the first round by the New York Jets.  Ironically, it’s not impossible that the Jets could choose Taylor in this year’s draft, but if they did it wouldn’t be until tomorrow night in the second round with the No. 39 overall selection.  A number of mock drafts still have Taylor sneaking into the first round tonight.  NFL.com says Taylor is poised for a second day or mid round selection.  He’ll be picked at some time or other the next 48 hours, becoming the sixth Boise State defensive back to be drafted over the last eight years.

One of last year’s Boise State first round draft picks, Shea McClellin, was one of three Chicago Bears to receive the prestigious annual Brian Piccolo Award Tuesday night.  Named after the late Bears running back who was the subject of the movie “Brian’s Song,” the honor goes to the rookie and veteran who best exemplify Piccolo’s character and principles, including off-field works for charity.  McClellin was the rookie winner, and Charles Tillman and Julius Peppers shared the veteran’s award.  The ceremony may have been the first time McClellin wore a suit since draft night a year ago.  “I got dressed and I realized a look like a college professor,” said the former Marsing Husky.

File this one away.  The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta his listed his “breakout stars of the spring” for Washington football, and No. 1 is quarterback Keith Price.  Can a returning two-year starter really be a breakout player?” writes Condotta.  “He can if there is some thought heading into the spring that his job is in jeopardy.  Price, though, quickly quashed any idea that there was a real debate about who would be the starter, with solid play from day one of the spring.  Price was assertive running the up-tempo offense, which suits his strengths and is something he has excelled at in the past, and he seemed less tentative when running.”  Price’s final pass of the 2012 season was intercepted by Jeremy Ioane, sealing Boise State’s 28-26 win in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.  Price will seek to erase that memory August 31 versus the Broncos.

Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson has the idea, and the Pac-12 has the leverage.  Thompson tells CBSSports.com’s Jeremy Fowler that he’s approached his conference’s big brother about a West Coast alliance for non-conference scheduling, sharing of officials, and bowl matchups.  The Mountain West and Pac-12 share two bowls already, the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and the New Mexico Bowl.  Hard to tell what’s in it for the Pac-12, flush with cash as it is, but Thompson feels the bloom is back on the MW’s rose after it survived last year’s conference upheaval by retaining Boise State and San Diego State and reworking its primary TV contract with CBS.

The pressure has flipped back into the Idaho Steelheads’ dressing room after Ontario rallied past them 2-1 last night in Game 3 of the ECHL Western Conference semifinals at CenturyLink Arena.  The Steelheads cradled a 1-0 lead going into the third period, and that was hardly enough of a cushion to hold off the Reign.  Mario Lamoureux knocked home the game-winner with 4½ minutes left.  Ontario takes a two games-to-one lead into Game 4 in Boise Friday night. 

Special teams played a part in this one.  The Steelies were perfect on the penalty kill (5-of-5), but so was Ontario (3-of-3).  The Reign have not allowed a power play goal in 23 opposing tries during the Kelly Cup Playoffs.  “We’ve got to live, learn and forget,” said Idaho defenseman Patrick Cullity on the KTIK postgame show.  Cullity scored the Steelheads’ lone goal in his first game back from the AHL. 

The prevailing theory was that Boise State’s overstocked basketball roster would see attrition from this season’s Bronco squad to make room for four newcomers signed to National Letters of Intent.  But the first opening cleared turns out to be from one of the new signees, as the Statesman’s Dave Southorn reports that Darnell Taylor has been released from his letter.  Taylor is a guard from Saddleback College in California who can now entertain offers from other schools.  The Broncos are still two over the scholarship limit.

The College of Idaho has confirmed that Scott Garson will be named its new head basketball coach, the 15th in the school’s storied history.  Garson, who just finished a nine-year stint on the UCLA staff, will be introduced at a press conference Monday.  He’s not only worked for Ben Howland with the Bruins, he’s also spent time under the late Rick Majerus at Utah and current Washington coach Lorenzo Romar when Romar was at Pepperdine.  Garson obviously has solid California recruiting connections, something the Coyotes will be eager to tap.

Boise State seeks to defend its Mountain West men’s tennis championship when the conference tournament begins today at the Air Force Academy.  The Broncos, seeded second, meet the host Falcons this afternoon.  BSU brings in the nation’s 36th-ranked singles player, Andy Bettles, who has played all 26 of his singles matches this season in Boise State’s No. 1 spot (he’s 21-5).  And freshman Thomas Tenriero goes in with a 15-match winning streak.

No better way to kick off the Les Bois Park season than with Ladies Night next Wednesday.  The track unveiled its finalized 31-date schedule yesterday as it enters its third season under the direction of Treasure Valley Racing.  Les Bois will have a full race card before and after the Kentucky Derby a week from Saturday, with a pause to watch Gary Stevens make his return to the Run For The Roses aboard Oxbow.  Other key events this season: the Bitterroot Derby on Memorial Day weekend, the Stars and Stripes Handicap on July 4, the Governor’s Cup on July 20, and the Idaho Cup on Closing Day, August 10.

This Day In Sports…April 25, 2008, five years ago today:

The Idaho Stampede wrap up their 10th anniversary season with the first championship in franchise history, taking the NBA Development League crown with a 108-101 win over the Austin Toros.  The Stampede, who had the best regular season record in NBADL history at 36-14, featured local favorites Cory Violette, Roberto Bergersen and Jason Ellis, and all three played key roles in the D-League Finals.  But the heart and soul of the team was future Stampede coach Randy Livingston, the 13-year pro out of LSU who played in four different seasons with the Stamps and ended his playing career that night with a trophy.

(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.)

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