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Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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July 28, 1997, midnight
Seattle lost an NFL preseason game on Saturday. Coach Dennis Erickson can deal with that, review videotape, make corrections, etc. Away from the field, the Seahawks made no inroads toward signing first-round draft picks Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Erickson's patience appears to be wearing thin. A few days ago, he held out hope that the duo would be in training camp by today. He had hoped the Seahawks and Springs' camp would have face-to-face meetings in Canton, Ohio, site of the Seahawks' 28-26 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

July 26, 1997, midnight
Players scrambling to cement a spot on the Seattle Seahawks roster can make a special impression on head coach Dennis Erickson today. The Seahawks open preseason against Minnesota in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The game will be aired on ABC. "Special teams become important," Erickson said. "You might think you're the 80th guy on the team, but when you get a chance and go down and make a big-time hit, that impresses the coaches. A lot of guys have made a lot of teams like that."

July 25, 1997, midnight
Veteran offensive tackle Howard "House" Ballard, left, still holds his own wiht the Seattle Seahawks. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review

July 24, 1997, midnight
Seattle hopes former Pittsburgh Steeler Willie Williams (27) will bring a tough approach to the Seahawks secondary. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review

July 23, 1997, midnight
When healthy, Edwards terrorized ex-Raiders QB Jeff Hostetler, among others. File/Associated Press

July 23, 1997, midnight
Seattle defensive tackle Sam Adams is quickly becoming one of the elite defensive linemen in the game. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review

July 22, 1997, midnight
John Friesz has his good days and bad days. Monday he had both. Friesz misfired in the Seahawks' morning practice but was sharp in the afternoon session. The day mimicked his first six at training camp in Cheney.

July 21, 1997, midnight
The Seahawks drafted Eddie Goines out of North Carolina State. File/Associated Press

July 20, 1997, midnight
What do Michael Jackson and Dennis Erickson have in common? Answer: They've signed Emil and Kathy Reichenberg's Chevy sport van. Uhm, that's Michael Jackson, the former Seattle Seahawks linebacker. He signed back in 1986, making him the first Seahawks player to autograph the van.

July 20, 1997, midnight
Randy Mueller has risen from Seattle Seahawks ballboy to vice president of football operations. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review

July 19, 1997, midnight
Cortez Kennedy is loose and confident at training camp. File/The Spokesman-Review

July 18, 1997, midnight
1. Former Montana standout Tim Hauck works to get in position to make his fourth different NFL roster in seven years. Photo by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review 2. Kempfert has his sights on one of 10 roster spots. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review

July 17, 1997, midnight
Former Central Washington University quarterback Jon Kitna is in contention for a backup role with the Seahawks after a steller World League season in Barcelona. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review

July 17, 1997, midnight
Seahawks officials haven't lost their sense of humor as they attempt to sign first-round draft picks Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. "We just signed Mr. Jones," executive vice president Mickey Loomis told a handful of reporters Wednesday afternoon in Cheney. After the necessary pause, he supplied the punch line with a grin: "Carlos Jones."

July 16, 1997, midnight
By most accounts, the Seattle Seahawks are coming off one of their best seasons. That would be the off-season. Free agency brought Chad Brown, Warren Moon, Willie Williams and Bennie Blades. The draft brought projected starters Shawn Springs and Walter Jones. Those two, however, remain unsigned.

July 13, 1997, midnight
1. Heading east. The Seahawks are returning to their old stomping grounds at EWU, where the sun baked the squad during this July 1982 practice. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 2. The blazing Cheney sun took its toll on many a Seattle player, including Jacob Green, who-blew his cool during one practice at Eastern Washington University in the 1980s. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 3. Dan Doornink, former Seahawk 4. Seahawks head coach Jack Patera surveys his troops during training camp in Cheney on July 21, 1981. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review

July 13, 1997, midnight
Scuttlebutt already has surfaced about the possibility of the Seahawks moving their training camp again next season, possibly to the Tri-Cities. "To be honest, I had a radio guy ask me that and I didn't have an answer," said Gary Wright, Seahawks vice president for administration and communications. "I don't think there's been any decision where future camps will be."

July 13, 1997, midnight
Jim Zorn's coming back. And practices will be open to the public. Indeed, Cheney is no Kirkland. The Seahawks return to Cheney and Eastern Washington University for training camp for the first time since 1985 when practice opens on Wednesday. The last decade of camps have been in Kirkland, where spectators weren't permitted because of a local ordinance.

July 13, 1997, midnight
George Sybrant's task: keeping 150 players and staff happy at meal time. Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review

July 10, 1997, midnight
Coach Dennis Erickson is headed for Cheney. File/Associated Press

June 28, 1997, midnight
The University of Idaho on Friday plucked Carl Ferreira from NCAA Division II power Cal State Bakersfield to direct its women's volleyball program. Ferreira replaces Tom Hilbert, who accepted a similar position at Colorado State University. In three years at Bakersfield, Ferreira's record was 100-13 as the Roadrunners had three top-five finishes in the NCAA Division II tournament. As was the case at Bakersfield, Ferreira's assistant coach will be his wife Ellen, a former professional player.

June 19, 1997, midnight
Dennis Erickson: The Seahawks "scored some big points." Photo by Associated Press

June 18, 1997, midnight
It hasn't been quite like game-day butterflies, but John Friesz has had a twinge in his stomach recently fretting about the Seahawks' future in Seattle. Tuesday's voting returns on a proposed new Seahawks stadium did little to alleviate the knot in Friesz's midsection. With about 92 percent of precincts reporting, the measure was ahead slightly (51 percent yes, 49 percent no), but the outcome was still too close to call.

May 28, 1997, midnight
North Idaho College has a new baseball coach. Paul Manzardo accepted the job late Tuesday night.