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Many Big Sky Conference schools have had fall practice, but EWU, Portland State, Cal Poly, UC Davis, Sacramento State and Idaho State have yet to buckle a chinstrap since the March shutdown.
College basketball takes another step forward Wednesday with men’s and women’s teams holding their first official practices.
The Zags will face San Francisco on Jan. 2 at the McCarthey Athletic Center, two days after USF-San Diego and BYU-Pepperdine stage conference openers.
Gonzaga’s athletic department, facing financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is asking men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holders for their help but not requiring it to retain their tickets down the road.
Gonzaga’s schedule is taking shape and the Zags are planning to have some home games before the WCC season begins on Dec. 31. GU is considering hosting a smaller bubble, or pod, with multiple teams.
The West Coast Conference on Thursday joined several leagues nationwide in announcing the postponement of fall sports competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
EWU players were doing mandatory, small-group workouts in recent weeks, hopeful they would get the green light for full-fledged practices in August.
The Zags were scheduled to face USC on Nov. 17 at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland and entertain Arizona (Dec. 5) and Washington (Dec. 12). Those games appear to be scrubbed by the Pac-12’s announcement, which came shortly after the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the fall football season because of COVID-19 concerns.
Bill Belknap, who led the University of Idaho athletic department to new heights during his 10-year run as athletic director, died Friday at the age of 81.
Add another potential obstacle to the stack of concerns facing Gonzaga – and virtually every Division I athletic program – trying to find a safe path to staging sports this fall and winter amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s nowhere near normalcy, but Gonzaga men’s and women’s basketball players took the first baby steps in that direction by participating in voluntary workouts last week.
Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth covered a variety of topics Wednesday, including his hope that sports return this fall and his take on athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL) rights.
The WCC enjoyed one its finest men’s basketball seasons ever and was poised, led by second-ranked Gonzaga, to make more noise – and serious dollars – in the NCAA Tournament. But the coronavirus pandemic canceled March Madness, which in turn has wiped out a huge chunk of NCAA-distributed revenue counted on by athletic departments across the country.
In perhaps one of the most satisfying days in his tenure as athletics director, Pete Isakson got to take part in the groundbreaking for the UI’s new basketball arena, set to open next year.
Jankovich began his tenure at Washington State in 1968 as an assistant on Jim Sweeney’s football staff.
North Idaho College athletic director Al Williams will retire this month, the school announced Monday, four weeks after the NIC men’s basketball program was hit with a series of sanctions by the Northwest Athletic Conference for extra student-athlete benefits and administrative oversight.
Terry Gawlik is the new athletic director at the University of Idaho. Gawlik becomes the first woman AD at Idaho. Here is the full interview between Terry Gawlik and Taylor Brooks.
Terry Gawlik, senior associate athletic director for sports administration at the University of Wisconsin, has been hired to head the University of Idaho athletics department.
The former wrestling coach at North Idaho College has filed a tort claim seeking damages from the school for how it handled his dismissal earlier this year from one of the most successful programs in the country.
Burrus, 62, will retire June 30 after a 13 year-stint with the school. His longtime assistant, former CCS baseball coach Bobby Lee, will take over as interim AD.