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The Big Sky Conference released its 2020-2021 men's and women's basketball schedules Thursday, which features teams playing two consecutive games against every school to offset the cost of travel following coronavirus-induced financial losses.
In any other year, the first week of basketball practice would involve knocking off rust that playing pickup games won’t scour away and working with coaches to intentionally shape a team and identify and focus on goals for the season ahead.
A two-year probation, a $5,000 fine, a two-week ban on communicating with recruits this fall and an official reprimand and censure were among penalties handed out by the NCAA on Thursday to the University of Idaho for violations in the men’s basketball program.
Zac Claus’ appointment was announced to the team at the start of Tuesday’s workout.
The interplay of fate and old school ties brought Quinton Forrest and the University of Idaho together when both were badly in need of luck.
A postgame press conference following Idaho’s 78-75 loss to Eastern Washington University on Thursday became a platform for another message.
The hand at the tiller that steered Idaho through those rough waters belongs to interim coach Zac Claus, who had been an assistant with the Vandals from 2015 until being named to head the team this year.
Interim coach Zac Claus says the team he stitched together from four key returners plus Wilson and 10 newcomers is talented and fully invested in playing for the Vandals.
The first day of basketball practice looked like – basketball practice. Running, drills, coaching. In this way, the year was already off to a hopeful start.
In the wake of the sudden firing of coach Don Verlin on the cusp of a University of Idaho presidential regime change last spring, the Vandals men’s basketball team was in dire need of some kind of stability.
Idaho coach Don Verlin announced Thursday the additions of Joe Ford as an assistant coach and Zac Claus as director of player development. Ford joins the program from the University of the Pacific, where for the last two seasons he has been the special assistant to the men’s basketball head coach to Don Verlin’s brother, Ron. Ford spent five total seasons on the Pacific coaching staff, which followed a five-year playing career for the Tigers.