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Tuesday, July 12, 2011.
Kellen Moore’s 22nd birthday has arrived. Where will he be when he turns 23, after he’s departed Boise State—and after the 2012 NFL Draft? And what additional records will he topple? The only three major Bronco passing records Moore doesn’t hold are passing yards in a season (Ryan Dinwiddie, 4,356 in 2003), passing yards in a game (Dinwiddie, 532 at Louisiana Tech in 2003), and touchdown passes in a game (Jim McMillan, six at Montana in 1974). There is a more impressive record that Moore will likely own by the end of his senior season: Colt McCoy's NCAA record of 45 victories as a starter. Kellen, now 38-2 at Boise State, is eight wins away from breaking the former Texas star’s mark.
Moore’s July is rather packed. He’s got that birthday. He just finished his role as camp counselor for the second straight year at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. This Saturday night Kellen captains the offense in the fourth annual Boise State Football Team Charity Softball Challenge for the First Tee of Idaho at Hawks Memorial Stadium. And a week from Saturday Moore is getting married. Certainly not as public a happening as Ian and Chrissy Johnson’s wedding four years ago. Especially since it’s going to be in Park City.
It’s been quite a ramp-up for George Iloka. The Boise State senior safety has gone from a greenshirt who graduated early from Kempner High in Sugar Land, TX, to participate in spring football with the Broncos in 2008, to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award that honors the nation’s best defensive back in 2011. Iloka, who got his first start in his third career game against Oregon at Autzen Stadium in 2008, has 126 career tackles, 12 for loss, with seven interceptions. He’s the only Mountain West player on the Thorpe list.
WAC commissioner Karl Benson is sticking with his vision of creating Central and Western Divisions for the conference. The WAC is expected to invite Texas-Arlington later this week as a non-football playing school, making it the third such institution to join the league in the past year (with Denver and Seattle, effective 2012). The Mavericks dropped football over 25 years ago, and the Dallas Morning News says the WAC’s invitation is not incumbent upon UTA bringing the program back. UTA will be leaving the Southland Conference, which it helped found in 1963.
Word that Texas-Arlington is joining the WAC without a football team has Utah Valley University fit to be tied. UVU made an impassioned presentation to the WAC presidents last month as a non-football playing school. But the Wolverines feel Utah State didn’t want them in. Other theories have it that UTA was favored because it’s in the Dallas TV market. Right. That’s like San Jose State East. Er, Central.
The Boise Hawks saw their bats cool and their gloves falter last night in a 4-0 loss to Everett at Memorial Stadium. It was in the third inning that the wheels fell off, with the AquaSox scoring three runs on a homer, two errors and a balk. Outside of a 3-for-4 night from Willson Contreras, Boise was able to scratch out just two singles. Tonight the Hawks get their first down time of the summer for the All-Star break before opening a five-game series at Vancouver tomorrow.
Former Hawk Dontrelle Willis is back in the majors, and hopefully he’ll stay for awhile. Willis was called up from Triple-A Louisville Sunday to start for the Reds, and he came away with a no-decision in a 4-3 loss at Milwaukee. It was the D-Train’s first big league appearance since pitching in relief for Arizona a year ago. After yielding a run in each of his first two innings, Willis settled down, throwing four more scoreless frames before exiting. His control, his downfall since his heyday with the Florida Marlins, was so-so as he issued four walks. But Willis’ bat, always a strong suit, was there. He contributed a double in the top of the sixth. "A little too excited early, but I had fun competing against a great ballclub," Willis said. "I just wanted to go out there and give it a good outing. I feel like I did that."
Once upon time, Gov. Dirk Kempthorne threw out the notion that Southwest Idaho could host a Winter Olympics in 2042 or so. Well, Reno and Lake Tahoe don’t want to wait around to bring another Olympiad to the West. The Reno-Tahoe Winter Games Coalition is serious about striking gold in 2022. The Winter Games have been to Tahoe before—at Squaw Valley in 1960, when competition featured only 27 events. Now there are over 100, and the International Olympic Committee needs a city to help out the mountains. Is Reno that city? Salt Lake City was nine years ago. A lot of political landscape has to be navigated, and tax burden questions would have to be answered. The IOC vote on the 2022 Winter Olympics will come in the summer of 2015.
This Day In Sports…July 12, 1996, 15 years ago today:
Minnesota’s most popular player, Kirby Puckett, retires from baseball because of a permanently-damaged retina in his right eye. The 5-9, 225-pounder with an infectious love for the game led the Twins to World Series championships in 1987 and 1991. Puckett batted .318 for his career with four league-leading 200-hit seasons, a batting title in 1989, and an RBI crown in 1994. He played in ten consecutive All-Star Games preceding his retirement. Puckett was a 2000 inductee into Boise’s World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2006.
(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.)