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Thursday, April 7, 2011.
Kellen Moore has been made more accessible to media by Boise State this spring. To the point that sometimes it seems all the questions have been asked, and everybody already knows the answers. The new wide receivers? They’re coming along nicely. Backup quarterbacks Joe Southwick and Grant Hedrick? They’re picking things up quickly. Brother Kirby Moore, coming off a redshirt year? He’s back in the groove. But Kellen often mentions what sitting out last year did for Kirby, citing the one-on-one time he was able to get with Damon Griffin, a Bronco graduate assistant who works with the scout team. Griffin was an All-Pac-10 wide receiver at Oregon in the late 1990’s and, says Kellen, has taken Kirby’s skill set up a notch. Griffin’s position coach in his days with the Ducks: Chris Petersen.
Kellen is also one of the many new members of the Jake Broyles fan club. Broyles, the sophomore offensive lineman from Henderson, NV, may be earning his way into the starting lineup on the right side of the Boise State front with a solid spring. “He really did come out of nowhere,” said Moore. Broyles has been a sponge in practice. “So much of it with them is the mental aspect—taking in everything you have to learn,” Moore said. Broyles is listed at 278 pounds right now on his 6-4 frame. We’ll re-check the vital statistics on the Bronco roster come early August.
It was the sixth-longest playoff game ever in the ECHL, but I can’t imagine two teams playing more hockey in back-to-back nights than the Idaho Steelheads and Las Vegas Wranglers. This time it was the Steelheads surviving multiple extra periods as they got by the Wranglers 3-2 last night in triple overtime at the Orleans Arena. Dustin Friesen’s goal 8:13 into the third OT won it, knotting the first round Kelly Cup Playoff series at a game apiece. After the 1-0 Las Vegas win Tuesday night in double OT, the two teams have played just under 206 minutes in the first two nights of the series. That’s the equivalent of almost 3½ games.
You can’t ask much more of Jerry Kuhn, the Steelheads goalie who’s been with the team all of one week. First Kuhn endures a heartbreaker Tuesday night in the opener when Las Vegas scores the only goal of the game with 2:16 remaining in the second overtime. He had made 48 saves before the game-winner. Then last night Kuhn goes even longer, fending off 44 Wranglers shots until Friesen finally ended it in the third OT. I’m thinking instant folk hero here. Kuhn should get a nice reception when he skates out for Game 3 against Vegas tomorrow night in Qwest Arena.
In terms of finances, Nevada and Hawaii might be limping when they enter the Mountain West in the summer of 2012. The Wolf Pack is fearing a proposed $1.5 million cut in state-appropriated funds. Nevada athletic director Cary Groth told the Reno Gazette-Journal that kind of a hit would "change the face of the department," to the extent that its Division I status could be threatened. An independent study on Hawaii’s athletic department money woes recommends the university “should find a way to eliminate or forgive” an accumulated $9.58 million deficit to allow the Warriors to remain competitive at the Division I level. Manoa chancellor Virginia Hinshaw told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser the concept of forgiving the debt “remains challenging.”
The departure of UNLV coach Lon Kruger to Oklahoma threw a curve at Fresno State’s coaching search. The Rebels have named four finalists for their men’s basketball job, including former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, one of Kent’s assistants, Mike Dunlap, and former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach (and one-time UNLV star player) Reggie Theus. All three were early names popping up when Steve Cleveland was fired by the Bulldogs. The other finalist in Vegas is BYU assistant Dave Rice, who many feel is the favorite. At Fresno State, Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals and Texas assistant Rodney Terry have now emerged as the front-runners.
It won’t be in the Masters this week, but former Boise State star Graham DeLaet should be making his 2011 PGA Tour debut any week now. DeLaet had major back surgery January 3 and couldn’t bring himself to even watch golf on TV in the weeks following. But his body and mindset have healed, and he’s been prepping in Arizona for a return to the tour. DeLaet really had a remarkable year in 2010, all things considered. He made $954,011 and finished 100th on the money list, earning his tour card for this season. While trying to clinch his card last October, DeLaet finished in the top 25 in four straight tournaments despite his increasingly bad back.
After spending time this week trumpeting the successes of former Boise Hawks and current Chicago Cubs starting pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner, I see a couple of news nuggets out of Wrigley Field yesterday. Wells and Cashner have both been placed on the 15-day disabled list with various strains in their arms. Wells had beaten the Diamondbacks in his first start of the season Monday, and Cashner had pitched solidly in a no-decision versus in the D-Backs Tuesday in game the Cubs eventually won. Well, that was fun while it lasted.
This Day In Sports…April 7, 2010:
Anthony Tolliver, who started his season as a member of the Idaho Stampede, picks a perfect time to register a career-high 34 points for the Golden State Warriors. Tolliver’s performance in a 116-107 victory at Minnesota helped make Warriors coach Don Nelson the winningest coach in NBA history with his 1,333rd win, surpassing Lenny Wilkens. Tolliver played 45 minutes and went 14-of-22 from the field.
(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.)