Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Idaho has filled a spot on its 2015 schedule with a payday at USC. The Vandals and Trojans are set to play September 12 in the L.A. Coliseum. By my count, Idaho still has one opening on its 2015 slate, and Boise State does, too. But hopes of ending the Bronco-Vandal rivalry hiatus are likely squashed by the fact that all three of Idaho’s non-conference games that year are on the road (Ohio, USC and Auburn). The Vandals need a home game, and the Broncos are not going to pay a visit to the Kibbie Dome. Boise State’s next opening on its non-conference schedule after that isn’t until 2019. The two schools haven’t played since 2010, when Boise State matched Idaho’s streak of the 1980s and early 1990s with a 12th straight win in the series.
When you see that Oregon received a penalty of one scholarship per year for two years—with one year essentially down and one to go—and three years probation for Willie Lyles-gate, it’s hard not to reflect on Boise State and Couch-gate. The Broncos were penalized three scholarships per year for three years and docked practice time for three years for allowing incoming freshmen to sleep on sofas and on floors. But enough already.
A couple announcements of note were made yesterday at BYU Football Media Day. The Cougars have given coach Bronco Mendenhall a three-year contract extension through 2016. Mendenhall’s going into his ninth season in Provo. BYU also announced an affiliation with the Poinsettia Bowl in 2015 and one other year to be determined. And the Deseret News reports the San Diego game is in discussions to continue its contract with the Mountain West through 2019.
The Boise Hawks snapped their four-game losing streak last night in the process of splitting a doubleheader with the Hillsboro Hops. It looked like the string was going to be extended at the outset, though. Hawks starter James Pugliese got nickeled-and-dimed in the first inning of the opener, and before you knew it the Hops were up 3-0. But Boise, down 3-2 going into its final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, put two men on base for Jacob Hannemann. The former BYU star laid down a beautiful bunt, and the Hops were wild on the throw to first. That allowed David Bote to score the equalizer—and when Hillsboro left home plate unguarded, Carlos Penalver scurried home with the winning run in a 4-3 victory.
The Hawks’ defense let down starter Paul Blackburn in the nightcap, and Hillsboro picked up a 3-2 victory. Blackburn allowed three runs, but none of them were earned thanks to four Boise errors. The 6-2 righthander struck out eight in a five-inning stint and still boasts a season ERA of 0.00, but he now has an 0-1 record. The Hawks and the Hops play the fourth of their five-game series tonight at Memorial Stadium.
There aren’t many stories more upbeat right now than Graham DeLaet’s bank account going into the AT&T National today in Bethesda, MD. DeLaet is coming off his best week—and biggest payday—ever on the PGA Tour and has now logged $1,348,387 this year. That’s the most the former Boise State star has ever made in one season, and we’re not even to the end of June yet. DeLaet’s career total is now $3,378,693. He’s on a roll, having finished in the top 25 in four straight events and 11 times overall this season. DeLaet’s third-place finish last Sunday at the Travelers Championship catapulted him from 52nd to 29th in FedEx Cup standings.
There will be a new champion at the Idaho Women’s Amateur this year. Defending champion Maddie Sheils is off on the Symetra Tour, the women’s golf satellite circuit, and isn’t in the field as the tournament tees off today at Jerome Country Club. One of the top contenders is Caldwell’s Trish Gibbens, who won the 2011 title at Shadow Valley and in May became the first College of Idaho women’s golfer to make the NAIA Championships as an individual in 10 years. Another is Gabby Barker, who seems due despite the fact she still has a year left at Vallivue High. Barker tied for third at last year’s Women’s Am, tied for fourth in 2011, and finished second in 2010.
Chris Mannix of SI.com projects that three Mountain West players will go in the first round of tonight’s NBA Draft. In his final mock draft, Mannix places UNLV forward Anthony Bennett at No. 6 overall, going to New Orleans (I’m sure Pelicans assistant Bryan Gates, the former Idaho Stampede coach, would enjoy working with him). Mannix predicts that San Diego State guard Jamaal Franklin will be the No. 16 overall selection by Boston, and that New Mexico guard Tony Snell will go to San Antonio with the 28th pick. One other hoops note: Boise State officially announced the hiring of Eastern Oregon coach Isaac Williams as director of basketball operations yesterday. Williams was 96-32 the past four years with the Mountaineers.
Three years after playing the longest pro tennis match in history at Wimbledon, American John Isner was out quickly yesterday at the All-England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club. Isner, who lost to Novak Djokovic in the opening match of the Davis Cup quarterfinals versus Serbia in Boise in April, had to retire from his second round match against Adrian Mannarino when he came down wrong on his right knee after a routine serve. Djokovic’s prospects of a Wimbledon title have improved dramatically with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer out of the tournament. The Serbian superstar is playing loose—his impression of Maria Sharapova while playing her amused boyfriend at a Wimbledon warmup event last week, complete with her patented shriek while serving, has gone viral.
This Day In Sports…June 27, 1992:
After a six-month Reebok campaign called “Dan and Dave”, featuring Olympic decathlon hopefuls Dan O'Brien and Dave Johnson, O’Brien fails in the pole vault and is eliminated at the U.S. Olympics Trials. It was a shock for the former Idaho Vandal star, who had won the world decathlon championship in 1991. He would be world champ again in 1993 and 1995, and would fully redeem himself by winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
(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.)