Friday, May 30, 2014.
I don t know how many schools will go along with Boise State s wishes to pursue cost-of-attendance benefits when the Mountain West presidents meet Sunday. There ll be a split in the conference somewhere. In 2012, Mountain West schools voted 10-2 in favor of providing cost-of-attendance scholarships. But it s more expensive than anyone thought, and I don t believe the vote would go down that way now. I think I know one university that s going to want nothing to do with the NCAA reforms proposed by the five power conferences. Hawaii just announced that it expects to be running a $2 million athletic department deficit for its fiscal year. So where is that extra scholarship money going to come from at UH?
Last week s Albertsons Stadium announcement magnifies the contrasts between Boise State and Hawaii. The Broncos sold naming rights to their facility for $12.5 million over 15 years. The Warriors don t even get a cut of the concessions, merchandising or signage at Aloha Stadium. They have to rent the place from the state, and as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser s Ferd Lewis notes they still have to pay for trash pickup after the games. The Aloha Stadium situation is holding the University of Hawaii back as college football approaches another crossroads. Back to the Mountain West presidents: they need to respond to the NCAA reforms by June 30. The NCAA vote is supposed to be in August.
Boise State s Jay Ajayi is tabbed as No. 55 on Dave Miller s list of the 100 best players in college football for 2014 at NationalFootballPost.com. There are only eight players from non-power conference schools among the 100, and half of them are from the Mountain West. Utah State linebacker Kyler Fackrell is 39th, Fresno State safety Derron Smith is 40th, and USU quarterback Chuckie Keeton is 86th. Among others of note, Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly, the Eagle High grad, is No. 49.
There have to be special circumstances for a D-League player to be taken in the NBA Draft. It usually involves a player who didn t finish his college career, as was the case when the Idaho Stampede s Mike Taylor became the first D-League player to be drafted into the NBA in 2008. There have only been three since, but there should be another next month. And if SI.com s Chris Mannix has it right in his mock draft, the Texas Legends P.J. Hairston will become the highest NBA Draft pick ever out of the D-League. Mannix has him going at No. 19 overall to the Chicago Bulls. Hairston left the North Carolina program last December following an NCAA investigation into his use of rental cars. He then averaged 21.8 points per game this past season for the Legends.
The 2014 Kelly Cup Finals pit the Alaska Aces against the Cincinnati Cyclones, with the ECHL championship series opening tonight in Anchorage. The schedule is odd, and it s tilted in the Aces favor, as the first three games will be played on the Olympic ice of Sullivan Arena. It ll sure be fun for Cincinnati fans, as the games in Anchorage begin at 12 midnight Eastern time. Both teams are seeking their third Kelly Cup Alaska last won in 2011, and the Cyclones last title was in 2010 when they got past the Idaho Steelheads.
Pro golf is taking a breath locally, with Graham DeLaet out of this week s Memorial Tournament and Troy Merritt preparing for 36 holes Monday at a US Open Sectional Qualifier at Colonial Country Club in Memphis (Boise State s Ty Travis is also playing a Sectional Monday at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, OR). The Web.com and Symetra Tours are taking this week off. Boise s Maddie Sheils is having success on the Symetra, the women s satellite tour, as she has made the cut in eight of nine tournaments. Her best finish was a tie for seventh in the Patty Berg Memorial four weeks ago. But there s no money on that circuit. Sheils has made all of $6,734.
Boise State distance runner Emma Bates has qualified for her third NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing second last night in the 10,000-meters in the West Preliminary at the University of Arkansas. Bates, needing only to make the top 12 to earn the trip to nationals, coasted home in 34:06.99, finishing four seconds behind Katy Moen of Iowa State. Idaho pole vaulter Matt Sullivan has also advanced to nationals after an eighth-place finish in Fayetteville.
Hillary Holt, who just wrapped up her stellar College of Idaho running career with another NAIA national championship in the 1,500-meters, makes her post-collegiate debut in the prestigious Prefontaine Classic in Eugene this weekend. The Mountain View High grad will run the 800 at Hayward Field. Two-time US Olympian Nick Symmonds, the former Bishop Kelly Knight, will not occupy his usual spot in the Pre Classic men s 800 field this year. KTVB s Jay Tust reported last night on a snippet from Runner s World, where Symmonds says he s slowing down right now to deal with a nagging knee injury suffered during the indoor season.
Lewis-Clark State plays for its 17th baseball national championship tonight in a winner-take-all game against Cumberland University, wrapping up the NAIA World Series in Lewiston. The Warriors have fought all the way back from an opening round loss to Cumberland last Saturday. This will be the 23rd time and second consecutive season that LCSC has appeared in the tournament's final game. The Warriors have won four straight elimination games, one of them a 6-0 victory over Faulkner Tuesday with the help of its two Treasure Valley natives. Timberline High grad Kevin Hawk drove in Borah High grad Chris Woolley to break that game open.
This Day In Sports...May 30, 2011:
With NCAA allegations mounting against the Ohio State football program, coach Jim Tressel abruptly resigns after 10 years with the Buckeyes. There were many transgressions, but the one that triggered Tressel s downfall was players selling memorabilia in exchange for tattoos. Tressel lied to the NCAA about his knowledge of the practice, allowing five players under investigation to participate in OSU s 2011 Sugar Bowl victory over Arkansas. Tressel, who coached Youngstown State to the 1994 Division I-AA championship over Boise State, was 106-22 at Ohio State and won the 2002 national title.
(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.)
Presidents tackle the cost-of-attendance puzzle
Friday, May 30, 2014.