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04-12-22
The off-season has begun at Gonzaga, with a twist. This period of self-reckoning, with the usual smattering of national scorn, commences with the buzz that the Zags might be outbound for the Big East ...
03-29-22
It was 23 years ago, in Seattle, that Gonzaga began one of sport’s all-time, improbable arcs. But Friday, were Zags coach Mark Few to have awakened in my town, he would have been jarred by this headli...
03-03-22
Gotta say this for Saint Mary’s: True, most of the time it plays a distant second to Gonzaga in the hierarchy of West Coast Conference basketball. In their two-decades’ jousting history, Mark Few has ...
02-16-22
Five words. Five innocent, but chilling words that frame the future of two Pac-12 basketball programs, and indeed, the entire conference. “I never got a call.” As the college hoops season winds down, ...
01-28-22
Brainstorming how possibly to make sense of the John Stockton lightning bolt of a few days ago, I was alerted to my latest incoming e-mail. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote that hospitals in that ar...
01-20-22
Those Zags, always the show-stopper. They’re at it again, splashing up insane offensive numbers, cozying up to triple digits routinely, sending Drew Timme off to win national player-of-the-week honors...
01-20-22
Those Zags, always the show-stopper. They’re at it again, splashing up insane offensive numbers, cozying up to triple digits routinely, sending Drew Timme off to win national player-of-the-week honors...
12-08-21
A couple of years ago, a provocateur tweeter took note of Gonzaga’s 20 straight NCAA-tournament appearances and single foray to the title game, and tapped sarcastically, “Pretty nice return.” I took t...
11-01-21
These days, there are a lot of things I don’t get. For example, I don’t get how conservative America decided to throw in with an oily, grifting con artist from New York. My latest puzzler is the saga ...
09-10-21
Most of the chatter around Mark Few these days has to do with what he might have done to somebody else when he was picked up on suspicion of drunken driving the other night. Once that was reconciled, ...
08-20-21
When Mike Roth walks out of his Gonzaga athletic director’s office for the last time Aug. 31, he’ll graduate to a lengthy, personal, to-do list. At least he can mark another list “don’t-bother” – the ...
06-08-21
“Just put a quarter in me,” Mike Roth would say self-deprecatingly, in reference to his facility for waxing long in answer to media questions. Well, Roth just announced his retirement after 24 years a...
05-19-21
March 26 – not so long ago, right? It was spring then, it’s spring now. How to get vaccinated, and how to get everybody vaccinated, was an issue. It is now. A certain diminished head of state was bell...
04-07-21
As a kid in the Midwest, my very first brush with college basketball was with the Ohio State Buckeyes, with Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek and Larry Siegfried and Mel Nowell. I believed they hung the m...
03-15-21
The question for Mark Few curled out of Rece Davis’ mouth, needing to be asked yet somehow the uninvited guest at your party. “Would it be a disappointment,” posed Davis Sunday on ESPN, “if you don’t ...
03-05-21
Far beneath the surface of anything that really matters in college hoops is the relationship between Oregon and Gonzaga. The Zags’ Mark Few, of course, is an Oregon grad, and at least during much of G...
02-22-21
This being the era of hot takes, we'll take the bait. Those Zags: If only they could shoot. Hot enough for you? OK, there’s supposed to be a kernel of truth in the hottest of hot takes, and we’re taki...
01-20-21
The conversation began with the obligatory smack chatter. “I haven’t watched you play a whole game,” Ray Giacoletti said over the phone to Mark Few following Gonzaga’s beatdown of Brigham Young earlie...
12-31-20
Heard a TV announcer the other night note that Gonzaga was No. 4 in the nation in shooting percentage. Which elicited nothing much more than a “Meh.” After all, two recent Zag squads – the 2019 Elite ...
12-21-20
About the time Gonzaga had rained its 10th trey in the first half against Iowa the other day in South Dakota, Mark Titus of FoxSports tweeted this: “With respect to Baylor, I’m ready to officially dec...
12-08-20
Saturday, Dec. 12 was going to be the day Gonzaga renewed its basketball series with Washington. But that was back about a jillion months ago (seemingly), and several permutations of the ever-evolving...
12-08-20
Saturday, Dec. 12 was going to be the day Gonzaga renewed its basketball series with Washington. But that was back about a jillion months ago (seemingly), and several permutations of the ever-evolving...
11-23-20
With a wing and a prayer, and maybe a rabbit’s foot and a stray four-leaf clover, Gonzaga launches its college basketball season this week. Not that luck is typically in the Zags’ playbook, but it’s 2...
11-18-20
Not to strike a downbeat note on a Gonzaga basketball program with a preseason No. 1 imprimatur, but we start today’s treatise with a question for Zag fans: What’s the most gut-bombing, migraine-induc...
11-18-20
Not to strike a downbeat note on a Gonzaga basketball program with a preseason No. 1 imprimatur, but we start today’s treatise with a question for Zag fans: What’s the most gut-bombing, migraine-induc...