Spokane had just polished off an 83-63 win over Central Valley in the arenafootball2 playoffs last August when Shock coach Adam Shackleford approached Coyotes standout defensive lineman Ben McCombs.
"I told him that if he was going to be in arena2 next year I was going to do everything in my power to get him to Spokane," Shackleford said.
McCombs couldn't recall the specifics, but he remembers the gist of Shackleford's message. Months later, McCombs was set to join San Jose when word came that the Arena Football League's 2009 season was canceled. His phone rang soon thereafter.