CougCenter - Why Washington State? Well that's a stupid question. 2019-05-25T06:00:00-07:00 /c5f/rss/current/ 2019-05-25T06:00:00-07:00 2019-05-25T06:00:00-07:00 HCA: The forgotten football plays of 2018- <img alt="" src="" /> <p id="q5LrWh">Good morning Coug fans. We’re reached double digits in the countdown to Cougar football, and while that is good and all, the football season is still way too far away. So as we look ahead to next season, I thought we’d also look back to last season. I mean, what else are we going to do?</p> <p id="cCY3b8">I figured I’d do a sort of “Plays of the Year” list, except this one won’t include any scoring plays. So you won’t see <a href="">James Williams</a> score on the Big Gulp Left against the <a href="">Oregon Ducks</a>, and you won’t see <a href="">Gardner Minshew II</a> hit Easop Winston late against the <a href="">California Golden Bears</a>.</p> <p id="dtuP8B">We’re focusing on important plays that didn’t end in points on the board. These are plays that meant a lot in terms of the final score but may have been forgotten.</p> <p id="JdgKc6">So let’s do this.</p> <h2 id="BE03yr">The top five plays of 2018—non-scoring edition</h2> <p id="bSsyuB"><a href=""><strong>Jamire Calvin</strong></a><strong>’s big gain late in the second quarter against the </strong><a href=""><strong>Stanford Cardinal</strong></a></p> <div id="3G54CF"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.2493%;"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div></div> <p id="m6IGKk">WSU found itself down two touchdowns as the clock ticked down in the first half at Stanford. Most teams might run out the clock, but Washington State isn’t like most teams. </p> <p id="ATFzsw">On 3rd-and-3 on his own 32-yard line with one timeout, Gardner Minshew completes a 12-yard pass to Calvin, who shakes two tackles and reverses up field. Calvin is finally pushed out of bounds at the 13-yard line. This set up a <a href="">Blake Mazza</a> field goal to cut Stanford’s lead to 11 heading into halftime. Those three points ended up being huge, as WSU was able to comeback in the second half to win by three.</p> <p id="YyfbrF"><a href=""><strong>Jamire Calvin</strong></a><strong>’s catch on third down in the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal</strong></p> <div id="tMBnRu"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.2493%;"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div></div> <p id="yh71jQ">Calvin was Mr. 3rd Down against the Cardinal.</p> <p id="al27O8">With the game tied at 38, WSU faced 3rd-and-2 from its own 33-yard line—almost the same spot as Calvin’s first half catch-and-run. Many teams might run here, but again, WSU isn’t like many teams.</p> <p id="m1V37N">Minshew goes deep to Calvin, who hauls in a nice pass at the Stanford 35-yard line. Man, what a pass. With the game winding down, this helped WSU quickly get into field goal range. We all know what happened next.</p> <p id="0HMl4Q"><a href=""><strong>Travell Harris</strong></a><strong> steals the ball</strong></p> <div id="mYLyr2"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.2493%;"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div></div> <p id="I2Gok6">It’s 2nd-and-10 with WSU looking for its first points of the second half against Oregon. Minshew throws deep to Harris, and it looks like Oregon’s <a href="">Jevon Holland</a> comes down with it. But while <a href="">Holland</a> and Harris are falling to the ground, Harris fights for the ball and comes up with it. This was going to be an interception at a time when the Oregon Ducks had a lot of momentum. Instead, Harris gives us an ultimate effort play and steals the ball back.</p> <p id="tD7hn1">The shot of Minshew laughing right after the play is classic. Speaking of Harris.....</p> <p id="11rTyS"><a href=""><strong>Travell Harris</strong></a><strong> converts on fourth down against Oregon</strong></p> <div id="YWgtwX"><div style="left: 0; width: 100%; height: 0; position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.2493%;"><iframe src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media"></iframe></div></div> <p id="JrLKnK">Fourth down conversions are huge, and WSU has its fair share of fourth down opportunities given the nature of its offense. This play came on the same drive as our previous top non-scoring play.</p> <p id="ov73cf">So WSU is up 27-20 with 4:49 to play facing 4th-and-6 from the 34-yard line. Kick the field goal to go up 10 points, right? Well, that would mean bringing <a href="">Blake Mazza</a> out for a 51-yard field goal attempt. Mazza can make it from that far, but given the situation in the game, getting a first down and keeping possession to run some clock is a better strategy.</p> <p id="jABKSt">Plus, this is Washington State we’re talking about.</p> <p id="Ibdsdc">So Harris runs toward the sideline and Minshew finds him for what looks like a simple play—and it was. But given the situation and the setting, this was huge. Soon, Minshew would find <a href="">Dezmon Patmon</a> in the end zone, and “party on!”</p> <p id="fqAdd0"><strong>Minshew snags an errant pass on the sideline</strong></p> <div id="izUuAu"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gardner Minshew with a one handed catch on the sideline lol <a href=""></a></p>— 69 (@ftbeard_17) <a href="">November 4, 2018</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="SMPy6c">Minshew had just connected with Easop Winston to give WSU a 19-13 lead over those pesky California Golden Bears. As the WSU defense worked to seal the victory, a gruesome pass from <a href="">Chase Garbers</a> went to WSU’s sideline, bounced and found itself in the hands of Minshew, who played it up for the crowd, as only Minshew can.</p> <p id="RyOV9c">I may have cheated by including this one, but I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.</p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="847Jb3"> <p id="Fqm9Lv">OK, those are the five plays I could come up with. What’d I miss?</p> <div id="nEy22A"><div data-anthem-component="poll:6353100"></div></div> <h2 id="HHqKJL">WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THIS?!?!</h2> <div id="nrbQIN"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Baby Filter: WSU Cougars Edition <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoCougs</a> | <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BabyFilter</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Washington State Athletics (@WSUCougars) <a href="">May 25, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <h2 id="Fk8pYk">Baseball</h2> <div id="ndLymn"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Final from Bailey-Brayton.<br><br>Arizona pulls away with big 9th inning.<br><br>Sinatro | 3 hits, run<br>Alvarez | 2 hits, RBI<br>Notaro | Solo HR<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoCougs</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Washington State Baseball (@Cougbaseball) <a href="">May 25, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <h2 id="0egvV5">Links</h2> <p id="iQux6t"><a href="">Eager Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships - Washington State University Athletics</a><br>Cougars wrap up day one of the NCAA West Prelims.</p> <p id="bIWNA3"><a > https:/c5f/2019/5/25/18639476/wsu-cougars-football-gardner-minshew-jamire-calvin-travell-harris Kevin Dudley 2019-05-24T06:59:37-07:00 2019-05-24T06:59:37-07:00 HCA: NBA media cost Klay Thompson $30 million- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>We bet you didn’t think they had that much power ... but in the NBA, they do.</p> <p id="v0Xhuj"><a href="">Klay Thompson</a> is set to be a free agent in the NBA this summer. Because of that, he’s going to sign a very, very large contract and become a very, very rich man.</p> <p id="1jJhVl">How large, and how rich? Well, that was decided on Thursday by a group of media members who cover the league.</p> <p id="fJCDtH">NBA teams are allowed to go over the salary cap to sign their own free agents with a “max” contract. This season, it’s expected to be around $190 million (30% of the cap) for five years. It’s pretty good work if you can get it! However, if you can make it onto one of the three all-NBA teams — as voted on by the media — you are eligible for a “super max” contract, worth about $220 million (35% of the cap) over those same five years.</p> <p id="487prJ">Klay was always going to get one of those two contracts this offseason, most likely from the <a href="">Golden State Warriors</a>. It was only a matter of which one. </p> <p id="4jBFiD">And now, he knows the answer: He was not voted onto one of the all-NBA teams. This development did not please our favorite son.</p> <div id="hwvOHU"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Klay Thompson learns he didn’t make All-NBA (“Oh I didn’t?”) and is clearly a little ticked (it affects his next contract): “When you go to five straight Finals, it takes more than a couple All-NBA guys...Do I think there are that many guards better than me? No.” <a href=""></a></p>— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) <a href="">May 23, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="HwSnXP">“That’s cool and all, but when you go to five straight Finals…” <a href="">Thompson</a> said, trailing off. “I respect those guys, but when you go to five straight, it takes more than just a couple of All-NBA guys. I’m on an all-time team. But whatever. I’d rather win a championship than be on All-NBA.”</p> <p id="nXvLTw">Let’s just say Klay handled the news of “you’re not getting $30 million” a lot better than I probably would have.</p> <p id="RD0MBf"><a href="">Thompson</a> actually finished fourth in line for the third team, behind not only <a href="">Russell Westbrook</a> and <a href="">Kemba Walker</a> (who made it) but also Bradley Beal. Because of that, Klay is forced to leave $30 million on the table this offseason.</p> <p id="dcn7Gy">I don’t know whether Klay deserved to be an all-NBA player. However, one thing I do know is that it seems crazy to have that kind of money tied up in the whims of a bunch of laypeople who cover the league.</p> <p id="EP7NgD">Of course, none of us are crying over a gazillionaire being a slightly less gazillionaire; <a href="">according to spotrac</a>, he’s made just a shade over $78 million in salary already — to say nothing of his <a href="">China Klay</a> endorsement money from Anta — so he’s doing just fine. But is it too much to wonder if an extra $6 mil a year might have been enough to break ground on the <a href="">Klay Thompson</a> Center for Basketball Excellence at Washington State University??</p> <h2 id="Ivt1Oq">Historic tennis season ends</h2> <p id="drTNQy">On Tuesday, Tiffany Mylonas and Hikaru Sato became the first Cougars duo to win a match at the NCAA Tennis Doubles Championship, thanks to an epic comeback in which they were down a set and down 4-1 in the second. On Wednesday, they bowed out of the tournament, <a href="">falling 6-3, 6-3 to a team from South Carolina</a>.</p> <p id="PDsoBK">Mylonas leaves WSU with a list of pretty impressive accomplishments.</p> <div id="G5tenI"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tiffany led in team singles &amp; doubles wins,recorded most doubles wins in a season,reached a high of #22 in ITA rankings,became the first doubles team in program history to win a match at NCAA’s.Your heart &amp; grit has led our team to a historic season.We will miss you.Merci κο?κλα! <a href=""></a></p>— WSU COUGAR TENNIS (@WSUCOUGARTENNIS) <a href="">May 23, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="QqYdPY">Sato, however, is just a freshman. Bright days are still ahead for the resurgent tennis program.</p> <h2 id="5H5bAh">Not tennis</h2> <p id="KbliBs">As I’m sure you’re aware, baseball fired its coach this week. I’m just going to leave this here.</p> <div id="8Fyaml"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Final from Bailey-Brayton<br><br>Notaro | 3 hits, 2 runs<br>DeLappe | RBI-single<br>Sinatro | RBI-double<br><br>Series continues Friday at 6:05 pm<a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoCougs</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Washington State Baseball (@Cougbaseball) <a href="">May 24, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="t3R3xe"><a href="">Cougars Fall to Arizona in Series-Opener - Washington State University Athletics</a><br>Anthony Notaro had three hits Thursday.</p> <h2 id="nWxy2b">Links</h2> <p id="RGzOiX"><a href="">Why Mike Leach considers Barry Switzer to be John Wayne - The Oklahoman</a><br>Mike Leach walked through the National Cowboy &amp; Western Heritage Museum on Sunday night. Leach passed the statue of John Wayne. “May as well have been Coach Switzer,” Leach said. “I always thought of him as John Wayne.</p> <p id="q2zAij"><a href="">Eager Punches Ticket to NCAA Championships - Washington State University Athletics</a><br>Cougars wrap up day one of the NCAA West Prelims.</p> <p id="njtNCE"><a href="">‘Best Coast’ Mailbag: What are the five biggest West Coast college football games of the 2019 season? – The Athletic ($)</a><br>The West Coast College Football Mailbag returns with questions about the Pac-12's financial situation, playoff favorites and FCS risers.</p> <h2 id="tgGUPj">Random fun</h2> <p id="RabDkW">I guess this is sorta related to Klay, but mostly I’m just a sucker for a great visual and thought I’d pass it along.</p> <div id="HtOXuK"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Inspired by <a href="">@kirkgoldsberry</a>'s Sprawlball, here is the evolution of the percentage of field goals that are 3's since the introduction of the 3-point line. <a href=""></a></p>— Todd Jones (@toddrjones) <a href="">May 24, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="D4zMK8">Also, I’ve already purchased SprawlBall. It’s pretty great, remarkably inexpensive, and filled with cool stuff like this:</p> <div id="FrzJxM"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">The map at the heart of Sprawlball. <br>Grab a copy here for just $15, hardcover, color, the whole nine... <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) <a href="">May 23, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> https:/c5f/2019/5/24/18638232/klay-thompson-all-nba-team-supermax-contract-free-agent Jeff Nusser 2019-05-23T21:22:46-07:00 2019-05-23T21:22:46-07:00 WSU hoops makes DJ Rodman signing official- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Yes, he’s the son of Dennis, but his game is very different.</p> <p id="TmXSFN">The <a href="">Washington State Cougars</a> have added another player to their 2019 class, as DJ Rodman has signed financial aid paperwork with the school, a source confirmed to CougCenter. </p> <p id="H9QTcX"><em><strong>UPDATE, 5/23: </strong></em><em>It’s official!</em></p> <div id="MFcc0v"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We're excited to introduce our newest Cougar. Welcome to the family, DJ Rodman! <br><br>Story: <a href=""></a><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#GoCougs</a> | <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Nerdball</a> <a href=""></a></p>— WSU Men's Basketball (@WSUMensHoops) <a href="">May 23, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="cozHTG">You might recognize the name — he is, in fact, the son of NBA hall of famer Dennis Rodman. But at 6-foot-6, his game is a bit different; he’s got a great feel as an all-around player and features a good three-point shot.</p> <div id="taoYFA"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">6'6" SF DJ Rodman-Jserra HS (2019) is one of best availables on west coast! DJ has a skilled inside/outside game &amp; a toughness that's part of the family name. The son of HOF Dennis Rodman averaged 24 PPG &amp; 9 RPG in the powerhouse filled Trinity League <a href="">@JSerra_Hoops</a> <a href="">@dennisrodman</a> <a href=""></a></p>— Jake Stanbrough (@INBRecruits) <a href="">May 4, 2019</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="0MHQiJ">Rodman, out of JSerra Catholic in California, isn’t rated by 247Sports, and <a > https:/c5f/2019/5/17/18630124/dj-rodman Jeff Nusser 2019-05-23T07:14:08-07:00 2019-05-23T07:14:08-07:00 Podcast Vs. Everyone: Marty Lees is out and we ... sorta care?- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>We’re having a hard time getting worked up about it, though.</p> <p id="6JNPkY">A little late getting the CougCenter post done this week for the podcast, but the new episode gets uploaded to our feed either Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. So if you want to listen to our terrible little show as soon as it’s available, subscribe! The main options, of course, are:</p> <ul> <li id="0opl5F"><a href=";xs=1&amp;"><strong>iTunes</strong></a></li> <li id="NY4vKA"><a href=";isi=691797987&amp;ius=googleplaymusic&amp;;link="><strong>Google Play</strong></a></li> <li id="zakIhJ"><a href=""><strong>Spotify</strong></a></li> <li id="9BDlTQ"><a href=""><strong>Stitcher</strong></a></li> </ul> <p id="3jyKPq">And you can <a href="">manually subscribe using our RSS feed</a>. </p> <p id="xPSH9n">Here’s the show rundown. (Remember that if you’re just interested in WSU talk, you can skip the first 20 minutes or so.)</p> <ul> <li id="TqoDvj"> <strong>Beer: </strong>Jeff rolls with a couple of (excellent) standbys, while Craig drags out an oldie but goodie from Russian River Brewing. </li> <li id="CWcF9Q"> <strong>WSU: </strong>The Cougars fired baseball coach Marty Lees. Hoops signed a couple of more recruits. </li> <li id="Y22CBB"> <strong>Cats: </strong>Hooooo boy does Jeff have a story about his cats.<strong> </strong>So does Craig. </li> <li id="TNyi7V"> <strong>Kids: </strong>Craig took Bea to play at T-Mobile Park. </li> </ul> <p id="vmSxZB">Fair warning: We use naughty words from time to time.</p> <p id="ICcy5Y">You’ll probably hate it. We don’t care.</p> <p id="jwMozR">(But if you *do* like it, please leave us a nice review on your favorite podcasting service.)</p> <p id="bx2Z4x"><a > https:/c5f/2019/5/23/18635795/podcast-vs-everyone-marty-lees-wsu-baseball-fired Jeff Nusser 2019-05-23T05:00:00-07:00 2019-05-23T05:00:00-07:00 HCA: Who will replace Marty Lees?- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Let’s look at some potential candidates</p> <p id="2j4xId">WSU fired baseball coach Marty Lees on Tuesday with three games remaining in the season. Lees ouster came after him compiling a 70-137 record overall with an abysmal 11-39 this season. Why Chun didn’t wait for the season to end is not clear yet, but it may be because he already has a candidate in mind he wants to hire quickly. This is of course pure speculation. Since we are speculating, let’s take a look at some potential candidates rumored out there on the interwebs that could make sense for Chun to consider.</p> <p id="3ABbWo"><strong>Brad Hill-Former Kansas State head coach</strong></p> <p id="mCFFuN">The head coach at WSU president Kurt Schulz’s former employer Kansas State from 2004-2018. Hill was a two time Big 12 coach of the year and compiled an overall record of 880-463. He resigned following the 2018 season, but is the most accomplished baseball coach in Wildcat history. Before taking the K-State job Hill won a Division II national championship at Central Missouri.</p> <p id="V6FyJI"><strong>Travis Jewett-Tulane head coach</strong></p> <p id="yqLr60">WSU alumni who has been the head man at Tulane the last two years. Jewett compiled a record of 52-64 over first two years with the Green Wave. They are currently having a good season with a 32-24 record. He was an assistant for the Cougars from 2005-2009 before taking assistant coaching gigs at national powerhouses Arizona State and Vanderbilt before being hired by Tulane. He served as the associate head coach at Vandy. Jewett is known for his expertise in hitting instruction. He also has recruited numerous major leaguers in his career.</p> <p id="B0eiwv"><strong>Jason Kelly-Washington associate head coach</strong></p> <p id="79lrw8">The associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for UW, Kelly was the national assistant coach of the year in 2018. Kelly is known for his great work with his pitching staffs at UW and before that at Cal Poly. He is a Cal Poly alumni who grew up in California.</p> <p id="n5MC69"><strong>Mark Machtolf-Gonzaga head coach</strong>(Full disclosure: Machtolf was my high school football coach and history teacher)</p> <p id="S28OWr">Machtolf has served as Gonzaga’s head coach since 2004 compiling a record of 450-363 and is a three time WCC coach of the year. Machtolf played baseball at Stanford after being a three-sport star at Gonzaga Prep. He served as an assistant at Gonzaga from 1996-2003 before getting the head job. My guess is that he would be a tough get for WSU.</p> <p id="HVTJBN"><strong>John McCormack-Florida Atlantic head coach</strong></p> <p id="xFlH3t">The head coach of AD Pat Chun’s former employer at Florida Atlantic. McCormack has been very successful with a record of 317-203 for the Owls. He took the team to a 43-19 record in 2018. They are currently 37-18.</p> <p id="3M620F">Do any of these names get you excited?</p> <p id="PPvPlO"><strong>Baseball</strong></p> <p id="SEejFy"><a href="">WSU baseball coaching search: 10 names to watch</a><br>Some of the names sure to be floated include two Cougs with distinguished MLB careers</p> <p id="NB4FiD"><strong>Football</strong></p> <p id="6QLHXG"><a href="">Athlon’s All-Pac-12 team: Something for every WSU fan</a><br>Large number of overall picks for Cougs including pair of first-teamers</p> <p id="OUs5SX"><a href="">Sorensen: Sizing up, talking with EWU-turned-WSU QB Gage Gubrud</a><br>AS THE COLOR ANALYST for Eastern Washington football broadcasts, I had a ringside seat for every snap taken by Gage Gubrud. And I will tell you this</p> <p id="yoDZkA"><strong>Tennis</strong></p> <p id="YLOP7b"><a href="">Cougar Run Ends at 2019 NCAA Tennis Championship - Washington State University -Athletics</a><br>Cougar duo end season with program-best 27 victories.</p> <p id="u1QxWX"></p> https:/c5f/2019/5/23/18636522/hca-marty-lees-replacement-washington-state-university-baseball-cougars Scott Cresswell 2019-05-22T05:04:00-07:00 2019-05-22T05:04:00-07:00 HCA: A closer look at Kyle Smith and the ‘data raid’- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>Kyle Smith is bringing something Washington State basketball hasn’t had in a while: interest.</p> <p id="eMjeMa">Nerdball. Data Raid. Money (basket) Ball.</p> <p id="LCSX8I">Call it what you want, but Kyle Smith fever is coming to Pullman. And things have already started to change on the hardwood.</p> <p id="3vSPcK">In one of his first practices in Pullman, new WSU basketball coach Kyle Smith had his staff keep track of his players makes and misses as well as their position on the floor. In a shoot around. in April.</p> <p id="5NymMR">That’s all part of the ‘Nerdball’ program Smith is bringing to Washington State. <a href="">Yesterday, in the Athletic Brian Bennett went in depth on the program</a>, taking a closer look at how Cougar basketball will change under Smith. The entire article is well worth a read, but if you don’t subscribe to The Athletic, we’ll give you a Cliff’s Notes version here.</p> <p id="tGThaB">A large part of the piece details how athletic director Pat Chun went about his search for a new head coach and, as it turns out, he found Smith through an article on The Athletic detailing his unique system. Chun was hesitant, but he went into the interview with Smith who “knocked our socks off.”</p> <p id="G47c3O">“My mindset going into interview was, Are we gutsy enough to experiment like this?” Chun told The Athletic. “But once you go through the data, that’s when you say, ‘Wow, this guy is a proven head coach who has a tool that puts him ahead of the curve.’ In the end, he was the lowest-risk hire we could have made.”</p> <p id="e4qCgy">But despite all of the analytic talk around him, Smith isn’t the numbers guy many people expect him to be. Early on, Smith wants to focus on fundamentals before diving deep into the numbers before implementing high-tech analytic tools like the pro-level motion tracking system he used at San Francisco. “That’s like Year 3, to be honest,” Smith told the Athletic. “We’ve got to slow it down. It scares our guys a little bit. I tell them, ‘Relax, it’s still basketball. It’s just a tool, a guide.’”</p> <p id="8A2kq7"> But while fundamentals rule the day on the court, the staff will use numbers and spreadsheets behind the scenes to get an edge. Smith, his assistant John Andrzejek and a USF math professor created an algorithm to evaluate recruits using stats and measurements from every level of play. “The formula can tell you that a guy might be playing like a Power 5 recruit but his offers are from low-major or mid-major type schools,” Andrzejek told the Athletic.</p> <p id="bEnDGJ">In the end, Chun was looking for a unique hire. He wanted a coach with a strong emphasis on a system, in line with Tony Bennett and Kelvin Sampson - Two guys that have found rare success in Pullman, Washington.</p> <p id="omnqBR">“We don’t believe that his system will simply make us competitive again,” Chun told the Athletic. “We believe it will get us ahead of the curve.”</p> <p id="jgtuj7"><a href="">Embrace the Data Raid: How Kyle Smith plans to bring success to Washington State – The Athletic ($)</a><br>In one of the first team gatherings under new coach Kyle Smith, Washington State assembled for an afternoon shootaround. It seemed like a low-stakes affair. Get some shots up, break a little sweat, call it a day.</p> <h1 id="EABaCL">Baseball</h1> <p id="qR6iBC"><a > https:/c5f/2019/5/22/18634857/wsu-cougars-kyle-smith-basketball-washington-state-data-raid-nerd-ball Jeff Collier 2019-05-21T15:05:05-07:00 2019-05-21T15:05:05-07:00 Marty Lees fired by WSU- <img alt="Dillon Plew and Marty Lees" src="" /> <p>The program cratered in this, his fourth season.</p> <p id="3JNuSC">After a season in which the Washington State Cougars won just 11 of their 51 games — and just three of their 27 conference games — baseball coach Marty Lees was fired on Tuesday by athletics director Pat Chun, <a href="">the school announced via news release</a>. </p> <p id="64YRWg">“I met with Marty this afternoon and let him know I would be making a change in the leadership of our baseball program,” Chun said. “We appreciate Marty’s four years of service at Washington State but at this time I felt a change was necessary. Baseball is one of the most storied programs at Washington State and we will work diligently to find someone to return it to a place of prominence.”</p> <p id="H0xH2o">In four seasons, Lees compiled an overall record of just 70-137-2 and only 32-83-2 in Pac-12 play. The high water mark was Lees’ second season, in which the Cougars won just under half their games, but WSU never won more than 10 conference games. </p> <p id="MoJJeW">When Lees was hired, it was considered a bit of a coup for the Cougars; Lees had served as the top assistant to longtime Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, and was seen as a coach’s coach who could develop players at a school lacking resources. That obviously never materialized.</p> <p id="wqWGVY">Perhaps the first critical mistake Lees made was engaging in extreme roster turnover upon his arrival; many of the players who transferred/run off went on to successful careers elsewhere — notably, Mason Cerillo who left for UW and became a reliable player for the Huskies.</p> <p id="taZ7ej">Of course, like Donnie Marbut before him, Lees also suffered from the lack of a dedicated baseball facility. The Board of Regents <a href="">approved</a> a funding plan for the facility in February, and construction is expected to begin sometime this year.</p> <p id="cfIkKU">The timing of the move is a bit odd, as the team still has one more series: This weekend against Arizona at home. Assistant coach Dan Spencer will handle the coaching duties. As is <em>de rigueur</em>, WSU says, “A national search for the next Cougar baseball coach will begin immediately.”</p> https:/c5f/2019/5/21/18634782/marty-lees-fired-wsu-baseball-coach Jeff Nusser 2019-05-21T06:00:00-07:00 2019-05-21T06:00:00-07:00 HCA: Change coming to the conference- <img alt="" src="" /> <p>The overall goal is to increase the notoriety in the conference</p> <p id="gvFmgM">The Pac-12 conference hosted their spring meetings on Monday afternoon and when it was all said and done, the conference made some changes that will hopefully give the conference more prominence. While the financial situation of the conference was talked about, the conference also made some changes to their scheduling in basketball.</p> <p id="ZAbxRy">After a down basketball season this past year Pac-12 Commissioner <a href="">Larry Scott</a> announced some changes that will impact future schedules as well as transfer restrictions that will span across all sports.</p> <p id="PFtrAj">The presidents of all 12 schools approved three changes that were announced Monday; standardized non-conference schedules in men’s basketball, eliminating the loss of a year when transferring within the conference, and increasing funding towards student-athlete health and well-being.</p> <p id="WJidxy">As for the basketball schedule it means that the Pac-12 will now be required to play non-conference opponents who have a NET ranking of 175 or better over the past 5 years. The NET is the NCAA Evaluation Tool and is used to select and seed the teams that make the NCAA Tournament every year. </p> <p id="C74xDc">Conference teams will no longer be able to play non-Division I opponents and there will no longer be road games against a non-conference opponent with a NET rating of 200 over the past 5 years.</p> <p id="BijuBE">They will also no longer be allowed to have a buy road game which is when a team plays on the road without the return game being scheduled. The scheduling changes that were announced Monday join the increase of conference games to 20 in a season that was decided earlier this month.</p> <p id="1lrkBb">When it comes to transferring within the conference, students will still have to sit out for a year but they will no longer lose a year of eligibility. That change will now equal the “penalty” of transferring outside of the conference. The goal of this change is to “provide student-athletes with a similar experience to any other student who decides to transfer” said the conference on Monday.</p> <p id="XfrAyl">The final thing that was approved was the expansion of the $3.6 million in funding over the next 5 years for the student health and well-being initiative. The program will be reviewed in three years to make sure everything is still going as planned. They also increased the annual on-campus funding to $1.1 million which will be provided directly to each school to support those student-athletes that are in need.</p> <p id="A1NVF2">*****</p> <p id="Jhgwa4"><strong>Basketball:</strong></p> <p id="ekj0DR"><a href="">Pac-12 Conference revenue down; commissioner made $5.3 million</a><br>Pac-12 revenue fell for 2018 as it could not fully offset loss of <a > https:/c5f/2019/5/21/18633673/hca-larry-scott-pac-12-basketball-wsu-cougars Nick Nordi
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