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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 27, 2020

Lute Olson, Hall of Fame coach, Arizona icon, dies at 85

Lute Olson, the Hall of Fame coach who turned Arizona into a college basketball powerhouse, has died. He was 85.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 17, 2020

Locally: Former Gonzaga standout Jessie Loera signs pro contract in Iceland

Fans of the Gonzaga University women’s basketball team considered Jessie Loera bulldog, both of the upper-case and lower-case variety; a Bulldog who played with the energy, grit and doggedness of …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 10, 2020

College football coaches facing tough adversary: uncertainty

College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 9, 2020

Opening of Whitworth Athletic Leadership Team Center a bright spot for Pirates

In a season of social distancing, there is irony in the Whitworth athletics department celebrating the fact that nearly all their coaches can now – after years spent in five …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

John Clay: As college football ramps up, players are asking, ‘What happened to safety first?’

Goodness gracious people, is this thing a mess or what? We’re talking about college football. We’re talking about trying to play college football during a coronavirus pandemic. We’re not even …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 5, 2020

Whitworth athletics preps for busy spring slate, even with NCAA championships canceled for traditional fall sports

For as much as spring sports were disrupted when NCAA Division III sports shut down in March, fall sports weren’t spared, either.


20 for 20: Ranking Whitworth’s top 20 athletes since 2000

With 21 varsity sports offered, the Whitworth athletic department has produced no shortage of decorated athletes in the past 20 years.


20 for 20: Ranking Idaho’s top 20 athletes since 2000

An Idaho 20 for 20? As in the number of conferences the Vandals have called home since the turn of the century?


UPDATED: Fri., July 24, 2020

Big Sky Conference pushes back start of fall Olympic sports

The Big Sky Conference’s Presidents’ Council has approved delaying the first date of competition for its Olympic sports during the fall 2020 season, the conference announced Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., July 22, 2020

NCAA football oversight asks board for time on fall sports

The NCAA football oversight committee is asking the association’s Board of Governors to avoid making a decision later this week on whether to conduct fall championships as college sports tries …


UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2020

NCAA: Test all athletes for COVID-19 within 72 hours of game

The NCAA says college football players should be tested for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before a game, players with high-risk exposures to the coronavirus should be quarantined for 14 …


UPDATED: Fri., July 10, 2020

Elimination of conference games could have ripple effect in college athletics

The Big Ten became the first Power Five league to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as the college sports world faces difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Locally: Spokane’s Victoria Fallgren wins Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur golf title

For the third time in four years, Victoria Fallgren of Spokane is the Washington Women’s Mid-Amateur golf champion.


UPDATED: Thu., June 11, 2020

NCAA says it will review Idaho’s transgender law in August

The NCAA will discuss Idaho’s law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports amid calls for the organization to move men’s basketball tournament games out of the state next …


UPDATED: Mon., June 8, 2020

Idaho athletics works through steps to return after coronavirus pandemic

The novel coronavirus upended college athletics as basketball was about to embark on March Madness. spring football and spring sports saw seasons end while they were waiting in the wings.


UPDATED: Sun., May 31, 2020

University runner Ian Barville keeps senior season alive by organizing his own competitive meets

Barville was primed to be one of the region’s top 800-meter runners this spring, but the coronavirus pandemic canceled his final try at a state medal.


UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2020

NCAA offers plan to bring athletes back to campus

The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus during the pandemic


UPDATED: Fri., May 22, 2020

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

Southeastern Conference schools will be able to bring athletes in all sports back to campus for voluntary activities starting June 8 at the discretion of each university. The SEC’s announcement …


UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

NCAA board recommends delaying change to transfer waiver

The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to the transfer waiver process that would permit all athletes to switch school one time without sitting out a season


UPDATED: Thu., April 30, 2020

Q&A: NCAA moves toward athlete compensation, but how?

College athletes may be permitted to earn money for their names, images and likenesses without compromising their eligibility by this time next year


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Idaho negotiates new world of athletics, school after coronavirus subsides

The variables of planning to operate a college athletics program in a pandemic are maddening.


UPDATED: Mon., April 20, 2020

Locally: Spokane Chiefs defenseman Noah King signs with AHL’s Stockton Heat

Spokane Chiefs defenseman Noah King has signed a professional contract with the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League, an affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

Financial implications of COVID-19 leave collegiate athletic directors in precarious positions, uncharted territory

Left in a financial pinch, college athletic directors across the country have been confronted with tough and uncomfortable decisions over the past few weeks and looming uncertainty means they’ll presumably …


Washington State athletic director Pat Chun joins Northwest Passages virtual chat

Chun will be joined by Spokesman-Review beat writer Theo Lawson at 11:15 a.m.


UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Lost spring: Group of Whitworth senior athletes talk about the abrupt end to their seasons

Like those on college campuses across the country, the Whitworth fields and courts are all but empty these days.


UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Locally: Former Gonzaga standout Zykera Rice earns several honors in first professional season overseas

Impressive. In a word, that describes the rookie professional basketball season of Zykera Rice.


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

Pandemic fallout: NCAA slashes distribution to universities by $375 million after cancellation of March Madness

The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June, a whopping $375 million less than had been budgeted after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of …


UPDATED: Sun., March 22, 2020

Locally: Former Washington State and NFL kicker Jason Hanson set for induction into College Football Hall of Fame

Surreal is the word Jason Hanson used to describe his journey from walk-on kicker at Washington State to stepping onto the big stage in New York City.


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Locally: Three former Idaho athletes set for induction into North Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame

Three former University of Idaho standouts and two individuals with strong ties to local high school sports comprise the 2020 inductees into the North Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame.


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

Spring stalled: Coronavirus concerns force area colleges to cancel or suspend spring sports

A whirlwind of a Thursday culminated with nearly every regional sporting event and season either being postponed or canceled outright because of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.