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Monday, June 3, 2013.
Gordon Gee spent the weekend apologizing. He’s pretty good at that. The Ohio State president told current Arkansas and former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema he’s sorry for calling him a “thug.” Then Gee, well-known in these parts for going off on Boise State and TCU 2½ years ago, apologized to the Big Ten for "hurtful remarks" he made late last year about some university athletic programs. Most hurtful were his comments about Notre Dame and Catholic priests and Catholics in general. Gee appears to be in genuine hot water now, as he should have been in November, 2010, when he said the Broncos and Horned Frogs weren’t worthy BCS Championship Game candidates—and in March, 2011, when he vigorously defended OSU coach Jim Tressel 2½ months before the coach was forced out.
A Gordon Gee refresher course: it was during the heat of the 2010 season, and Boise State and TCU were both on a roll. In an AP interview, Gee said the Broncos’ and Horned Frogs’ schedules weren’t strong enough to get either of them in the national championship game. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools,” said Gee. “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor.” Little Sisters of the Poor. Uh-oh. At that time Boise State and TCU had each beaten one team in that week’s Top 25 BCS standings, while Ohio State had played two, winning one and losing one. Boise State president Bob Kustra retorted, "It's ridiculous. I think he's going to set off a firestorm he probably has no interest in creating.” And Gee did. Nothing like the one now, though.
June is typically a very productive recruiting month for Boise State. A number of commitments are sure to come down the pike, especially with the Broncos’ well-attended elite football camp coming up June 14-16. Boise State got a June verbal right out of the gate Saturday from tight end Dimitri Flowers out of Churchill High in San Antonio. Flowers doesn’t have a star rating, perhaps because he broke his arm in the seventh game of the season as a junior last year. On the other hand, Flowers missed just one game before returning to the field. Sounds like he falls into the Broncos’ “OKG” category.
The Titus Young news over the weekend involved his lack of interest in accepting help for whatever afflicts him when it was offered by the NFL. The former Boise State star, who remains jailed in Southern California after a series of arrests last months, was approached by the league when someone in Young’s inner circle asked it to while he was still a Detroit Lion. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s director of player engagement, said Young wasn’t interested in the league’s support services. "We will be on call to support,” said Vincent. “That's all we can do.”
It seems that one bad round has been Graham DeLaet’s bugaboo on the PGA Tour lately. It denied the former Boise State star a chance to grab his first tour victory a week ago at Colonial, and this weekend a two-over 74 Saturday kept him from contending at the Memorial Tournament. DeLaet is still making a lot of money, though. He tied for 21st yesterday in the tourney hosted by Jack Nicklaus and earned $58,202. DeLaet has top 25 finishes in three consecutive tour events and has now made the cut in 11 of his last 12 starts. His season winnings total $933,487, and he’s 45th in the FedEx Cup standings.
Meridian’s Joe Panzeri and Boise State’s T.K. Kim, who just finished his Boise State career last month, tee off today in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying at Tumble Creek Golf Club in Cle Elum, WA. Kim, the defending Idaho Men’s Amateur champion, won Local Qualifying at Ridgecrest in Nampa four weeks ago with a five-under 66. The other player to make sectionals out of Nampa, Jesse Heinly of Bend, OR, will also compete at Cle Elum today.
Bishop Kelly grad Nick Symmonds was the top American finisher in the 800 meters Saturday at one of track’s most prestigious meets, the Prefontaine Classic. Symmonds ran a 1:45.42 at Hayward Field in Eugene, almost a full second behind 19-year-old Ethiopian Mohammed Aman. Symmonds told reporters he hasn’t done any specific 800 training this year, and said if he had, he’d have had a chance to win the Pre. The U.S. Track and Field Championships begin two weeks from Thursday in Des Moines, IA.
Our former Boise Hawk of the Day is Jerry Blevins. The 29-year-old reliever faced only one batter Saturday for Oakland, but Blevins retired him and was the pitcher of record when the A’s drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Then yesterday Blevins faced—and retired—one batter again to get Oakland out of the seventh inning in a 2-0 victory over the Sox. Blevins, in his seventh season with the A’s, is putting together another solid campaign; he’s now 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in 25 appearances.
The Snake River Rugby Club went 0-for-2 at the Division II club national tournament in Glendale, CO. But the local ruggers were there for the Final Four, where countless other teams wish they were. And Snake River’s guys were oh-so-close. Wilmington, DE, rallied Snake River 31-29 in the semifinals Saturday—then came another 31-29 loss to Santa Rosa, CA, in the consolation game yesterday.
The Idaho Tennis Association had a little surprise waiting for Boise State tennis coach Greg Patton Friday night. After the late Micron Technology CEO Steve Appleton was inducted as planned into the ITA Hall of Fame in an emotional Steuckle Sky Center ceremony, a startled Patton learned that he was being inducted as well. For the first time, Patton was speechless. For about 30 seconds. For the ITA, this is not about the championships Patton has won, not his NCAA Coach of the Year awards or his international work with U.S. junior teams. It’s about Patton being a tireless ambassador for the sport of tennis in the state of Idaho, culminating with his role in bringing the Davis Cup quarterfinals to Boise in April. There’s nobody quite like the General.
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June 3, 1971: Only 23 pitchers in major league history have thrown more than one no-hitter, and on this day the Cubs’ Ken Holtzman became one of them. Holtzman threw a second no-no in a 1-0 win in Cincinnati. His first had come two seasons earlier against Atlanta at Wrigley Field. By the way, another one of those elite 23 is former Idaho Vandal Bill Stoneman from the same era. Stoneman tossed no-hitters for the Montreal Expos in 1969 and 1972.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)
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