Matt Calkins: Washington coach Mike Hopkins out to show that last season's struggles were an anomaly
SEATTLE — Short memories.They are a staple of the sports world. Athletes will say they are paramount to their confidence.Go 0 for 4 in the batter’s box? Delete it from your mind. Get beat on a go route? Act as though it never happened.But sometimes short memories can work against those in sports. Sometimes all the previous success one has had can be deemed irrelevant if he or she doesn’t perform in the present.Enter Huskies men’s basketball coach Mike Hopkins. The former Syracuse assistant came to Washington as a low-profile name who quickly remade UW into a high-profile program. Inheriting a ...
The Seattle Times
Kansas, Gonzaga expected to open college hoops season in matchup of top-ranked teams
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas, barring an unforeseen circumstance in the ever-changing world of COVID-19, is expected to open the men’s basketball season in Florida, but not in Orlando as originally planned.The Jayhawks, in response to ESPN canceling the Wooden Legends event Nov. 25-26 in Orlando, have agreed to face Gonzaga on Nov. 25 and a yet-to-be-determined team on Nov. 27 in Fort Myers, Fla., a source told The Star on Tuesday. KU has not made an official announcement about playing in the event, which hasn’t been finalized.Jon Rothstein, college basketball insider for CBS Sports, also reported ...
The Kansas City Star
Mike Jensen: When Ivy League basketball tips off is up to the virus
If there’s one thing we’ve all assumed, and this pandemic has confirmed, is that Ivy League presidents are not going to let any athletics tail wag their institutional dog.While virtually every other NCAA Division I league is moving ahead (with crossed fingers) on winter sports plans, the Ivy League is taking it more slowly.Ivy League athletic directors got together virtually last week for several days of meetings. Again, if you think Ivy League athletic directors are going to announce plans ahead of their presidents, you haven’t been paying attention.“What we spent a lot of time talking about ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Manny Diaz hints Hurricanes' late scratches Saturday are 'reality of 2020'
The Miami Hurricanes, unlike other college football programs, are not revealing the number of COVID-19 cases on their team this season, but UM coach Manny Diaz hinted about as much as he could on Monday morning as to the nature of the six late scratches ahead of Saturday night’s 19-14 win over Virginia.“It’s just the reality of 2020,” Diaz called it in an interview with 560-AM.Postgame Saturday night, Diaz declined to comment, saying, “They were unavailable. That’s really all we can say about that.”For the 2020 season, Miami is announcing players as “unavailable” an hour before game kickoffs, ...
Surviving as much as striving, Hurricanes prepare for second-half push
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — On one hand, the Miami Hurricanes are 5-1 six games into an 11-game regular season with the one loss on the road against No. 1 Clemson.On the other hand, the last two wins have felt more like survival against Virginia and Pittsburgh than the more-desirable outcome of a team re-establishing the dominance of its 3-0 start.As Miami strives toward a rematch with Clemson at season’s end as the second team in the ACC Championship Game, the team has built an appreciation for the difficulty of winning conference games, despite how easy it may have come in a 52-10 win vs. Florida ...
'A very sad day': Cash-strapped MSU cuts men's, women's swimming and diving; savings near $2M
Facing a budget shortfall of $30 million-plus, cash-strapped Michigan State announced Thursday night it is cutting its men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs following the 2020-21 season.The move was declared in an open letter signed by athletic director Bill Beekman and President Samuel Stanley.Beekman said he met with the team around 4 p.m. to deliver the news, calling it “my most emotional moment is as their athletic director.”“Many tears were shed,” Beekman said. “A very, very challenging, difficult conversation to have with the young men and women who dedicated, frankly, the major...
The Detroit News
In rare move, Seattle Storm endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris: 'These are not typical times'
SEATTLE — In a move rarely seen by professional sports teams, the Seattle Storm voiced its support for the 2020 Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on Wednesday.The team’s official Twitter account posted a graphic of the Biden/Harris campaign logo along with its team logo accompanied by a short statement that read: “Join us in support of @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.” The tweet also included a link for people to register to vote.Team co-owners Dawn Trudeau and Ginny Gilder also offered their own statements supporting Biden and Harris on Twitter.“We don’t typically endorse candidate...
The Seattle Times
Matt Calkins: Pac-12 doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the College Football Playoff
Earlier in the month, Washington coach Jimmy Lake was asked about the prospect of getting into the College Football Playoff. Wisely, he refused the bait.Lake gave the diplomatic answer, saying the Huskies were focused on getting better each day and that gradual improvement was the team’s only concern. But that particular query raised a bigger question: Does an unbeaten team from the Pac-12 deserve a shot at the national title?My thoughts: Possibly — but the conference hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt.This might not be fair to the current crop of teams, but history matters in this case. A...
The Seattle Times
Star Tribune sports columnist Sid Hartman dies at age 100
Sid Hartman, who started selling newspapers in 1928 and wrote about sports for the Star Tribune for the ensuing decades, died Sunday. He was 100.“My father’s extraordinary and resilient life has come to a peaceful conclusion surrounded by his family,” his son, Chad Hartman, tweeted early Sunday afternoon.Sid Hartman also was for decades a radio voice on WCCO.Hartman was born on the North Side of Minneapolis on March 15, 1920, and he worked for newspapers in his hometown for nearly his entire life. At the time of his death he was still writing three or four columns a week.He gained a stature ve...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Mac Engel: With Andy Dalton at quarterback, the Dallas Cowboys can win the NFC East
Ten years ago this week, Andy Dalton celebrated a win over BYU as TCU remained No. 4 nationally.Ten years since TCU’s program-defining Rose Bowl season, while nearly all of his college teammates, and opponents, have been done with football for years, Dalton prepares to start for the Dallas Cowboys against the Arizona Cardinals.Whatever you think of Andy Dalton, put some respect on it. He’s earned it. He ain’t Tom Brady, and you don’t last for 10 years in the NFL as a quarterback because you stink.He doesn’t need to do it, but Andy Dalton is still trying to prove he belongs. He has 11 games lef...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram