Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Not all thumbs...

Polls are funny things huh? While I can certainly understand the volleyball poll (although I can't see us finishing eighth...) do soccer coaches in the Big Sky really think we are the sixth-best team in the league? Really? Sixth? Now, remember too that the poll was voted on before the news came out that Maren Eves-Williams has been lost for a while with a broken hand. When you think about it, ISU had the league's best defense, and they haven't lost a home game since 2006. I can't imagine them finishing out of the conference tournament, but if they do, I'll freely admit it later.

Now, just about six weeks ago, Maren received her fifth-year of eligibility back from the NCAA, so credit has to be given to Allison Gibson, who, despite trying to get that year back, went out and brought in two solid freshmen keepers, along with returning sophomore Kat Ford. So, while it hurts to lose Eves-Williams, she will be back, and it will allow ISU to see exactly what they have in the keeper department. I chalk this up to great recruiting by Gibson.

Schedule Teasers
Kelvin Ang discusses a little bit of the women's basketball schedule, but it hasn't been released because it isn't official (case in point, Kelvin's states the regular season opener will be December 2, but that game is moving), so take it for what it's worth, but it does give a good insight as to what some portions of the schedule will look like.

Remember Chris Corp?
Remember him? Star receiver on the 1981 national championship team. Chris eventually married Mary Gorman, who was a setter on the volleyball team. Together, they had a son named Aaron, who is battling for the starting quarterback slot at USC. And when I say USC, I mean Southern California, and I mean that in the strictest legal sense.

More Kelvin stuff...
Kelvin has been busy, as he covered the first day of ISU volleyball practice. Sadly, you can't see the shirt Chad Teichert wore, but it was pretty cool. I talked with a couple of the players heading into the week and they all have been pretty excited for the season to start, and they have enjoyed working with Chad, who is one of those very positive guys, which is perfect for them. One note, Charlie Kinghorn technically hasn't left the team, but she is taking the year off as a redshirt.

Some Local Flavor
Despite being the new play-by-play man for ISU women's basketball, Mark Liptak still covers ISU football for the Twin Falls Times-News, and he filed this report on the behemoth that is Braeden Clayson. Braeden is one of 25 Idaho athletes on the roster, and Ryan Collingwood of the Blackfoot Morning News checks in with an ABSOLUTE MUST READ on his blog about the Idaho athletes the Bengals have brought in. Liptak should have a similar article soon as well in the Twin Falls paper.

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