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No vacancy at the running backs’ motel

by Tom Scott

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Posted on July 13, 2010 at 7:33 AM


Tuesday, July 13, 2010.
The latest player to leave USC through the sanctions-induced free transfer policy for juniors and seniors is running back D.J. Shoemate, who’s heading for Connecticut. Shoemate told the Los Angeles Times he "checked out" Boise State, and you can imagine what he found. Not one, not two, but three potential starters at the position, plus a slew of capable backups. Shoemate, who’ll be a junior, must have looked at his chances of bumping Jeremy Avery, Doug Martin or D.J. Harper. Not good. And from there he’s going to share the rock with Matt Kaiserman and Malcomb Johnson—and even Jarvis Hodge and Raphael Lambert? Hello, Huskies. Besides, Shoemate had only two carries for the Trojans last year as a backup to fullback Stanley Havili. Shoemate says he longs to play tailback, hence his transfer to UConn.
From the Keeping Up With The Joneses (and Broncoses and Uteses) department, Wyoming is putting the finishing touches on its Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suite addition to War Memorial Stadium. With 12 luxury suites and 256 indoor club seats, it’s a fraction the size of Boise State’s Steuckle Sky Center, but it will look really nice atop that old facility in Laramie. Wyoming is conducting tours this week in an effort to get the rest of its club seats sold (the suites are full for the next three seasons). The new area will debut when the Cowboys open the season September 4 against Southern Utah—Bronco fans can see it when their team visits the Pokes September 18.
Five years ago, the hype was soaring over the upcoming Boise State season opener at Georgia, and then-coach Dan Hawkins didn’t exactly put a lid on it. Now, the expectations are uncommonly low for Hawk as he enters his fifth season at Colorado. He might be fine with that. Bruce Feldman of puts Hawkins at No. 2 on his college football hot seat list behind Ron Zook of Illinois. For some reason, it just hasn’t clicked in Boulder. Here are the numbing numbers—ones you never saw during Hawk’s five years as head coach of the Broncos. Last season the Buffaloes were 92nd in the nation in scoring, 88th in scoring defense, and 97th in turnover ratio. terms the situation “win or else.” 
None of the three backup quarterbacks with Treasure Valley ties in the CFL has thrown a pass over the first two weeks of the season. Former Boise State stars Ryan Dinwiddie of Saskatchewan and Jared Zabransky of Edmonton and former Washington standout and Caldwell High grad Cody Pickett of Calgary have been wearing ballcaps. We should mention that Andrew Woodruff and Jon Gott, former starters on the Bronco offensive line, are playing for Calgary and Montreal, respectively. And the most famous “lateraler” in Boise State history, Drisan James, had three catches for 65 yards for Hamilton in a 23-22 loss to Calgary Sunday.
New Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice is facing his first disciplinary decision. La’Shard Anderson is the subject after being charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest Saturday night. Anderson was approached by officers after complaints over a loud party he was hosting at his house a few blocks from campus. Anderson is penciled in as Rice’s starting point guard as he enters his senior season this November.
When Boise Hawks pitching coach Jeff Fassero arrived four weeks ago, he said he had one request of his staff: throw strikes. It did not happen with regularity last night, as Hawks hurlers issued a stunning 11 walks. That spelled doom in an 8-5 loss to Eugene at Memorial Stadium. Four of the free passes were issued in a three-inning stint by Eduardo Figueroa, making his Hawks debut after being called up from Mesa. Boise did make it interesting in the bottom of the ninth, scoring once and loading the bases to bring the tying run to the player before the Emeralds put an end to it. The Hawks, still in first place by 1½ games, now take off for a five-game series at Salem-Keizer beginning tonight.
As it pertains to the Hawks, Hayden Simpson is in a holding pattern. The first round draft pick out of Southern Arkansas has reportedly been sidelined with a viral infection and hasn’t even made his planned pro debut in Mesa yet. It was expected that Simpson would be in Boise by now after a short stint in Arizona. A lot of draft analysts were surprised the Cubs picked him so high last month. Simpson is as anxious to show his stuff as the Cubs are to see it.
This Day In Sports…July 13, 2005, five years ago today: 
John Olver surprises legions of local hockey fans by resigning after five seasons as head coach of the Idaho Steelheads. Olver had built the Steelheads into one of the most admired franchises in minor league hockey, compiling a record of 228-100-32. The highlight of the Olver era was the 2004 Kelly Cup championship in the Steelies’ first season in what was then a 28-team ECHL.
(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 1350 KTIK/The Ticket. He’s also handled color commentary on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football the last five seasons.)