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OK, I'll give you my preferences as starters for your next game this season:

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1 Dove (seems to be doing the job)
2 Robisch (worth giving him a start to see how he does)
3 Blackwell (been productive so far)
4 Davis (tough choice, almost went with Joseph)
5 Taylor (again, worth a try at starter)

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Cool...will combine these with some votes for starters I'm getting in the Wolverine Studios forums. Thanks.

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Larry Montgomery, 2nd asst coach:

 

Game #10, Dec. 16, 2013: Eastern Washington Eagles (2-7) at Cornell Big Red (1-8)

Thus far, Cornell’s strength has been at its guard positions with starters and reserves shooting well. But their inside game has been weak.

All of us assistant coaches are shaking our heads at Coach V’s promise to the Eagles’ Wings Fan Club to start whichever players got the most votes from their members. Based on that input from the Eagles’ Wings Fan Club (as posted here and in the GM Games Forum), we will start Tim Dove at PG, Brian Robisch at SG, Joe Blackwell at SF, Brian Dearman at PF, and Cory Davis at C. So 3 different starters than normal and one normal starter playing at a different position than usual. Dearman’s ecstatic…let’s hope that translates into some points and good defense.

Trailing 9-6 at the 14:12 mark, tonight’s starters move to the bench. The refs ensured that everyone on our bench not only got into the action, but got plenty of playing time. That plus weak defense (allowing Cornell to hit 57% of their shots) resulted in a 44-36 deficit at the half. Joseph Palmer and Odie Joseph both scored 6 points for us. Coach Vandergard tore into the team during the intermission about their poor defensive intensity.

We chipped away at the Big Red lead in the 2nd half and finally captured the lead with 9 minutes to play. But Cornell caught fire in the final 6 minutes and pulled away to win it.

Final Score: Cornell (2-8)—84, Eastern Washington (2-8)—76.

Team stats:
FG %: 56% (25-45) vs 53% (20-38) in favor of Cornell
FT %: 91% (29-32) vs 84% (27-32) in favor of Cornell
3 pt %: 36% (5-14) vs 33% (4-12) in favor of Cornell
Reb: 20 (including 4 offensive reb) vs 19 (including 3 offensive reb) in favor of Cornell
Turnovers: 11 vs 11 so even
Blocks: 2 vs 2 so even
Steals: 7 vs 4 in favor of Cornell
Assists: 12 vs 12 so even
Fouls: 25 vs 24 in favor of EWU
Pts in paint: 24 vs 20 in favor of Cornell
2nd chance pts: 5 vs 3 in favor of Cornell
Fast break pts: 10 vs 0 in favor of Cornell
Biggest lead: 11 vs 4 in favor of Cornell
Lead changes: 8
Times tied: 1

Leading Eagles’ players: C Joseph Palmer-18 pts, 4 reb, 2 blocks; PG Tim Dove-15 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist. Brian Dearman did absolutely nothing (other than making 1 turnover, picking up 1 foul, and letting his opponent score 4 points over him) in 9 minutes of play. I think the “let the fan’s pick the starters” promotion has been dropped forever.

Player of the Game: Cornell’s PG Aaron Boyd--16 pts, 2 reb, 1 assist, 3 steals.


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Jack Cooper, Barber:

 

Game #11, Dec. 20, 2013: Clemson Tigers (3-5) at Eastern Washington Eagles (2-8) 

Coach V came in for a haircut the other day. He’s a nice guy and gives a good tip. I was glad the shop wasn’t busy since guys have been ragging on the Eagles and Coach V. I’ve been telling them to have patience. Give the team and coach a chance. Pretty damned tough winning when all but one of the games thus far has been on the road. But my customers think they have all the answers and know how to run a team better than Coach V. I’m not surprised though, because most everyone that comes to my shop has an opinion about nearly everything under the sun. 

I don’t have much extra money, but decide to splurge and go to the game tonight to see for myself. The Athletic Director sure didn’t do this team any favors in the scheduling…not only all those away games, but then they finally get a home game and it’s against an ACC team. Even though they don’t have much of a record, they still likely have more talented players that EWU has been able to recruit. Looks like their best player is their senior center, Michael Calton, who’s averaged 14.0 ppg thus far. Given the Eagles’ record thus far, there’s a surprisingly good crowd here tonight…guess others want a chance to find out more about the team.

Eastern shoots themselves in the foot early with 5 turnovers in less than 4 minutes to start the game, putting them in a 10-2 hole. Didn’t get any better from there on. What can you say about a team that lets their opponents hit 67% of their shots while making 12 turnovers, picking up 13 fouls, getting beat on the boards 12-7, and letting the opposing center drop in 12 points in the first half. Only EWU player that did well was sub SF Delawn West who scored 7 points and stole the ball twice in 8 minutes on the floor. With the Eagles trailing 44-26 at the intermission, I felt like leaving, but decided since I’d paid my money, I was gonna stay. 

In the 2nd half, the only Eagle who looked really good was PF Cory Davis who dropped in 15 points. I guess my customers were right, the Eagles are a sorry team.

Final Score: Clemson (4-5)—70, Eastern Washington (2-9)—51.

Team stats:
FG %: 54% (26-48) vs 43% (20-27) in favor of Clemson
FT %: 72% (13-18) vs 67% (6-9) in favor of Clemson
3 pt %: 36% (5-14) vs 25% (3-12) in favor of Clemson
Reb: 31 (including 8 offensive reb) vs 19 (including 5 offensive reb) in favor of Clemson
Turnovers: 14 vs 16 in favor of Clemson
Blocks: 3 vs 2 in favor of Clemson
Steals: 7 vs 7 so even
Assists: 12 vs 8 in favor of Clemson
Fouls: 15 vs 19 in favor of Clemson
Pts in paint: 32 vs 28 in favor of Clemson
2nd chance pts: 13 vs 10 in favor of Clemson
Fast break pts: 18 vs 16 in favor of Clemson
Biggest lead: 22 vs 2 in favor of Clemson
Lead changes: 2
Times tied: 0

Leading Eagles’ players: PF Cory Davis-15 pts, 5 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals; Delawn West-7 pts, 1 reb, 3 steals.

Player of the Game: Clemson C Michael Calton-20 pts, 10 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks.



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Jamal Smith, 1st Asst Coach:

 

Coach V called a team meeting after our final pre-conference game. He told the players to put the pre-conference behind them and out of their minds. It was nothing more than preparation for what’s to come…and that’s to fight to win every conference game. That means working hard in practice and then focusing that hard work into a stellar performance each and every game from here on out. He said we can beat any team in the Big Sky Conference and everyone on the team needs to believe that. We’re not going to take a back-seat to anyone.

After the team meeting, he told the coaches that Robbie Taflinger will be playing more at the 2 than the 1 in the future due to his high turnover rate and that he going to try Brian Robisch as the backup to Tim Dove at the point. Shawn Jackson will continue to start at the 2. Terence Hillier will move from playing the 3 to being a backup at the 4 position. Joe Blackwell will start at the 3 backed up by Delawn West and Travis Dawson. The interior starters will continue to be Cory Davis and Joseph Palmer, backed up not only by Hillier but also Odie Joseph and Michael Taylor.



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Potato-Pickin’-Paul, “Eagle Flight” blog:

 

Game #12, Dec. 27, 2013: North Dakota Fightin’ Sioux (6-5, 0-0) at Eastern Washington Eagles (2-9, 0-0) 

The Big Sky opener brought North Dakota, the pre-season conference favorites, to Reese Court. North Dakota had been inconsistent thus far but had quality wins against Fresno State and Baylor. They’re led by 3 guards, Doug Coulibaly (12.6 ppg), Keith Regis (9.5 ppg), and Joe Nurse (8.5 ppg and 3.1 apg).

After trading baskets for the first 4 minutes, the Eagles hit shots from all over the court to build a 10 point lead midway through the half. Hitting over 80% of their shots, the Eagles spurted to a 20 point lead, but the refs whistling repeated fouls against anyone playing the point guard position allowed North Dakota to cut the lead to 47-36 at the half. Cory Davis and Delawn West led EWU scoring with 8 points each.

The Eagles couldn’t continue to shoot as well as they did in the first half. The Fightin’ Sioux repeatedly made runs that cut the lead to 8 midway through the half and then to 4 with 3 minutes to play, but EWU refused to fold and spurted back to a double digit lead in the last few minutes.

Final Score: Eastern Washington (3-9, 1-0)—83, North Dakota (6-6, 0-1)—70.

EWU hit 64% of their FG attempts and 71% of their 3’s plus held a 17-14 turnover advantage. Overall, a great performance by the Eagles and a nice way to begin conference play.

Leading Eagles’ players: SF Delawn West-13 pts, 4 reb, 5 assists, 4 steals; PF Cory Davis-16 pts, 4 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals; C Joseph Palmer-14 pts, 2 reb, 3 assists, 2 steals; PG Tim Dove-11 pts, 1 assist, 1 steal; SF Joe Blackwell-6 pts, 5 reb, 4 assists.

Player of the Game: SF Delawn West-13 pts, 4 reb, 5 assists, 4 steals.

Top North Dakota player: SG Doug Coulibaly-23 pts, 4 reb, 1 assist, 1 block. (9 for 10 on FG’s, including 4 of 4 from 3 point distance, and 1 for 1 from the line). Quite a performance!



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Christine Rozniak, City Council member and realtor:

 

I’ve not been to many basketball games (I generally prefer a different kind of "sport" wink.gif ), but I went to the Eagles conference opener. It was so exciting, and Bret did such a great job coaching his team. When North Dakota threatened late in the game, Bret rallied his troops. I invited him over for a celebratory drink after the game. That turned out even better than the game. smile.gif



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Corky Branigan, KSPK,Radio Commentator:

 

Let’s hope that the game Eastern Washington played against North Dakota is where the team turns things around this season. But the Eagles can’t expect to shoot so well every game, so they need to continue to strengthen all aspects of their game.

Thus far the interior play of Cory Davis and Joseph Palmer has been the cornerstone on which the Eagles need to build. Davis won the Big Sky Freshman of the Week award on Dec. 24th (based primarily on his 15 points and 5 rebound performance against Clemson) and Palmer won Big Sky Player of the Week on Dec. 3rd (primarily the result of his 19 point and 9 rebound performance against Tulsa). They continue to be the steadiest players on the squad.

While many of the players have played well at times, they have tended to run hot and cold and have yet to show enough consistency to be counted upon to carry the team.



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Play-by-play excerpts from the KSPK Radio Broadcast of the Game:

 

Game #13, Jan. 4, 2014: Eastern Washington Eagles (3-9, 1-0) at Sacramento State Hornets (5-7, 1-0)

We're coming to you tonight from Sacramento as Eastern Washington's Eagles take on the Sacramento State Hornets in the 2nd conference contest for each team. One will come away tied for the Big Sky lead and the other will slip into the mire of the middle of the Big Sky pack. 

Sacramento State lost their first 5 games this season, but have righted their sinking ship by winning 5 of their last 7 including their thrilling 3 point victory over Gonzaga in Spokane. SF Noel Johnson leads them offensively with 12.8 ppg.

This will be a big test for the Eagles to see if they can build on the strong performance of their last game and win on the road in the Big Sky.

The Eagles' 4 big men (Palmer, Davis, Taylor and Joseph) who have been splitting time at the 4 and 5 positions have scored a combined 32.2 ppg and pulled down a combined 14.3 rpg.

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Tim Dove drives to the baseline, twists and puts up a 12 foot jumper that rims out. Cory Davis comes down with the rebound and puts it back up and in to give the Eagles a 23-14 lead with 2:50 to play in the first half. Davis now has 9 points.
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And the buzzer sounds ending the first half. Eastern Washington’s inability to hang onto the ball cost them at the end of the half as Sacramento State closed to cut the Eagles’ lead, which had been as large as 10 points, to 27-25. Eastern Washington controlled the boards 15-8 and continued their hot shooting of the last game, hitting 63% of their first half shots while the Hornets were held to 35% shooting. But 15 turnovers by the Eagles led to 14 fast break points by Sacramento State. Coach Vanderberg undoubtedly will have something to say to his players about that in the locker room. Cory Davis carried the offensive load, scoring 11 points while adding 4 rebounds for EWU. If the Eagles plan to win this game, some other players are going to have to step up in the 2nd half.
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Coach Vanderberg is up off the bench chewing on the refs as the Eagles pick up yet another foul. Sacramento State converts both shots to take a 54-50 lead with 5:20 remaining in this game. Sacramento State continues to stymie the Eagles attempts to trim their lead.
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Cory Davis muscles up a shot and is fouled. He sinks the free throw to score his 18th point of the game and cut the Hornets lead to 65-59 with 1:55 to play.
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Well folks, the Eagles continued inability to get a handle on the ball was ultimately their downfall. They out-rebounded Sacramento State 20-15, out-shot the Hornets 56% to 49%, but, by turning the ball over 22 times, just couldn’t get enough looks at the basket. Eastern Washington falls to 1-1 in conference play after their 71-63 loss tonight in Sacramento. 

Support the Eagles by coming out to their upcoming home game against Idaho this coming Friday night, but if you can’t get to the game, listen in to KSPK for all the play-by-play action.
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Final Score: Sacramento State (6-7, 2-0)—71, Eastern Washington (3-10, 1-1)—63.

Leading Players for Eastern Washington: PF Cory Davis-18 points (on 8 of 9 shooting from the field), 5 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block; PG Tim Dove-9 pts, 2 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal; SF Delawn West-9 pts, 1 reb, 2 steals.

Player of the Game: Sacramento State’s C Eric Butler-15 pts, 7 reb, 2 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks.



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Jim Rome, ESPN Sport:

 

Jim Rome Espn sports. We've taken in lots of , check that, millions of calls concerning the situation at East Washington University where Head Coach Bret Vandegaard has been rumored to have had made obscene advances to councilwoman, check that, broad, Christine Rozniak. 

I don't believe that any woman, check that, broad, has any business in sport's locker rooms. Locker rooms for sports. I'm Jim Rome. We'll talk more about this debacle, check that, senate hearing, after this break.

 

(This post copied from CoachC's posting on wolverinestudios.com/forum)



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Corky Branigan, KSPK,Radio Commentator—phone interview of Coach Vanderberg:

 

CB: Hey Coach, did you hear what Jim Rome had to say on ESPN?

BV: Uhh, no Corky, I’ve been watching game films so have been pretty busy.

CB: Well, Rome says you made obscene advances to councilwoman Christine Rozniak and have brought a woman into the locker room.

BV: (Snorting)….Rome makes a living bashing people. But actually, while not honored, I’m surprised I’m even on his radar. I bet he couldn’t even find Cheney, Washington on a map.

CB: (Laughing)….We all have the problem, Coach. But tell me, what’s going on with you and Christine Rozniak?

BV: My personal life is my personal life. I think it’s public record though, that Christine Rozniak was my realtor when I was looking for a home here in Cheney.

CB: Come on Coach, can you confirm if you are dating or seeing her?

BV: There ARE things I can confirm, Corky. I can confirm I’m looking at game films of our next opponent.

CB: So, you’re not denying you are seeing her. 

BV: Hey Corky, are you lowering yourself into the muckraking done by Jim Rome now? I always thought you wanted to talk about SPORTS, not personal rumor and innuendo.

CB: Coach, Rome says he’s getting bombarded by calls from many people about your relationship with Christine Rozniak. 

BV: There aren’t MANY people in Cheney, Corky. This ain’t New York City. Most of the people around here are too busy on their farms to be calling Jim Rome, and I suspect most don’t even know who that blowhard is. Now if you want to talk basketball, go for it Corky. If you want to hype a brash-talking media hound who never played sports, you need to find somebody else to call. (CLICK)



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Michael Jackson, Player’s parent:

 

Game #14, Jan. 6, 2014: Idaho Vandals (9-4, 1-1) at Eastern Washington Eagles (3-10, 1-1) 

Damn it! Even though Vandergard is starting my boy, he’s not using him right. Vandergard needs to have him on the floor more. And this team needs to get the ball in Shawn’s hands more. Shawn’s shooting percentages are far better than any of the other guards on this team. He can carry the team. If Vandergard doesn’t change how he’s using Shawn pretty damned soon, I’m going to tell Shawn to transfer to play for a coach who can realize what a great player he is and use him as their go-to guy. Shawn’s getting buried here under Vandergard and no pro scouts are coming to watch a 3-10 team.

Idaho won their first 6 games this season and they have the best RPI of any team in the Big Sky.

Vandergard plays too conservative an offense to start the game. Too much outside passing that results in turnovers and not letting my boy work his man to get off a shot. Then the refs mistakenly call Shawn for an early foul. I give them an ear-full. The refs work over our guys for 5 fouls in the first 4 minutes of play and Vandergard is sitting on his hands rather than tearing the refs up. Damn…6 minutes of play and they still haven’t freed Shawn up for a shot, and then Vandergard subs for him when he’s not tired at all. Hah! Taflinger, Shawn’s replacement, picks up 2 fouls in about 30 seconds on the court. That brings Shawn back! Man, after 11 minutes of play the Eagles lead but by a score of 7-5. Vandergard needs to get his offense in gear. Even though the Eagles led nearly the entire first half, they let the Vandals score the final basket and capture a 21-20 lead at the half. The team doesn’t try to get Shawn free and he can only loft up a couple difficult shots so he is scoreless. Joe Blackwell leads Eastern Washington’s scoring with 7 points.

Idaho moves out to a 5 point lead early in the 2nd half, but Shawn steals a pass and makes a nice outlet pass to Cory Davis for a driving layup. Shawn gets fouled and hits both ends of the 1-and-1 to tie the game at 35-35 with 10:59 to play. Another bad call by the refs as Shawn attempts to drive and is called for an offensive foul. After falling behind by 7 points, the Eagles recapture the lead at 54-53 with 3 minutes on the clock. The lead bounces back and forth, but Joe Blackwell’s 3 with 33 ticks on the clock makes it 60-57 in favor of Eastern Washington. The refs tag yet another foul against EWU with 18 seconds to go and Idaho hits both shots to cut the lead to 60-59. Idaho has to foul, but they foul the wrong guy…my son who is hitting 91% of his FT’s this year! And he makes them pay by hitting both shots to re-open a 3 point lead with 14 seconds left. But Idaho drops a 3 to take it to overtime.

OT: The Eagles sprint out to a 7 point lead early in the OT. Idaho cuts it to 2 but the Eagles pull away again to go ahead 76-69 with 57 seconds left. The Vandals foul Shawn again with 36 seconds to go and he makes it 78-69, putting it out of reach.

Final Score: Eastern Washington (4-10, 2-1, 2nd place tie)—80, Idaho (9-5, 1-2)—75 (OT).

Eastern Washington hit 10 of 18 threes and 17 of 22 from the free throw line, but otherwise didn’t dominate team statistics. 

Eastern Washington’s leading players: SF Delawn West-18 pts, 6 reb, 3 assists, 4 steals; SF Joe Blackwell-16 pts, 4 reb, 3 assists, 1 steal; PG Tim Dove-11 pts, 2 reb, 3 assists; PF Cory Davis-10 pts, 3 reb, 1 steal, 1 block; C Michael Taylor-9 pts, 6 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal.

Player of the Game: SF Delawn West-18 pts, 6 reb, 3 assists, 4 steals.

Top Idaho player: C Damon Adams-17 pts, 5 reb, 2 assists.



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Christine Rozniak, City Council member and realtor:

 

[Ding Dong]

BV: Oh, Christine! You didn’t call. I’m surprised to see you here.

CR: Brett I was nearby and got thinking about all this hullaballoo about the two of us. I just decided to stop by your house because I needed to talk to you.

BV: Well, uhh…ok…I mean, uhh, sure. Come in.

CR: Brett, this whole thing with this Jim Rome fellow sure has a lot of people talking about us. What do you plan to do? Are you going to go on the air with him?

BV: Geez Christine! I’ve sort of put the whole thing out of my mind. I can’t see how talking with that publicity hound would do any good at all. He’d just inflame a non-issue even further.

CR: A non-issue? What do you mean by that, Brett? Are you calling me a non-issue?

BV: Now wait a minute, Christine. That wasn’t what I was saying and you know it. I was just saying he had taken a comment by some unknown individual and tried making it into front-page news with him being the “name” in the middle of everything.

CR: But don’t you remember me mentioning I was giving thought to running for the Washington State legislature this fall. It seems that you could step in and try to set things straight with him.

BV: Hey, I think that would only cause you bad publicity.

CR: Oh, you know what they say about that, Brett. The only bad publicity is no publicity.

BV: Christine! You’ve got to be kidding! Are you saying keeping this whole thing bubbling would help your political career? Is that what you’re wanting? Hell yes, we’ve been together a couple times, but we’re both adults and single. So I really don’t see anything that can or should be made of our seeing each other a couple times.

CR: Well, you seem to have enjoyed yourself. You want more, don’t you?

BV: Wow, I can’t believe how this is going. You know very well that my main focus is coaching the Eagles and trying to create a successful program here at Eastern Washington. That doesn’t leave much time right now for a committed relationship. I can’t deny that I’ve enjoyed the few times we’ve been together, but I think we need to take those for what they were…fun times together.

BV: Oh come on, Christine. I didn’t mean that badly. There’s no need to cry. I’m sorry.

CR: Oh Brett. It’s all just so unsettling. I do like it when you hold me like this though. And we are so good together.

BV: Wait, wait, wait…this isn’t a good time to …

(Scene fades)



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Larry Montgomery, 2nd asst coach: 

 

Game #15, Jan. 10, 2014: Eastern Washington Eagles (4-10, 2-1) at Northern Colorado Bears (6-8, 2-1)

SG Shawn Jackson jammed his wrist in practice. The medical staff says he can play, but Delawn West will start in his place and Shawn’s on court time will be limited tonight.

Northern Colorado has been very inconsistent thus far and haven’t shot well, but they’ve played some shut-down defense recently.

Our defense sucked in the first half as we let the Bears hit 62% of their shots. That combined with 15 turnovers and the refs calling 14 fouls against us resulted in a 42-21 halftime deficit. Joseph Palmer was our top scorer with 7 points.

We made a few mini-runs in the 2nd half but never could get closer than 14 points.

Final Score: Northern Colorado (7-8, 2-2)—81, Eastern Washington (4-11, 2-2, 4th place tie)—65.

Although we shot well (58%), poor defense (letting Northern Colorado make 60% of their shots), poor rebounding (22-16 disadvantage), and too many turnovers (18) kept us from making this a ballgame.

Eastern Washington’s leading players: PF Cory Davis-14 pts, 2 reb; C Joseph Palmer-13 pts, 3 reb, 1 block; SF Joe Blackwell-8 pts, 2 reb.

Player of the Game: Northern Colorado’s C Terrance Morris-12 pts, 9 reb, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocks.



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Jamal Smith, 1st Asst Coach:
 
Some may wonder what I, as the recruiting coach, am doing since we have no scholarships to offer this year. 

I’ve been helping out more with practice, and even with some scouting, than I likely would have been able to do in a normal year in which we were offering scholarships. That’s been both fun and a good learning process for me.

But Coach V also has had me doing some typical recruiting activities. Talking with high school coaches and players to get known and to become familiar with schools, towns and cities, and what appeals to high school (and JC) basketball players in the Pacific Northwest. That should grease the skids next year when recruiting activities really count. A number of high schoolers have become interested in Eastern Washington. I’ve then been upfront with those players that we don’t have a scholarship to offer this year so they can focus on schools that have scholarships opening. That development of interest gives me hope that we can be successful next year.

My wife is enjoying her job at the nearby Air Force base and our 3 kids have assimilated well. We all miss not being near the rest of our family though. 

Coach V is getting pressure from some fronts due to our losing record, but he’s handling it well. He’s very knowledgeable and a good leader, so I think we’ll see a big improvement next year as our guys become more familiar with his offensive and defensive sets and in-game tactics. Overall our guards continue to be our weak link thus far, but they’re young so it’s not surprising. Goober, well I guess you probably know him better as Assistant Coach Kevin Gebbers, has been working closely with our guards in practice. But there’s such a big learning curve for them on running our offense that it’s definitely been frustrating for Goober. Other teams have really be taking advantage of their lack of experience.


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Potato-Pickin’-Paul, “Eagle Flight” blog:

 

Game #16, Jan. 13, 2014: Weber State Wildcats (3-12, 1-3) at Eastern Washington Eagles (4-11, 2-2) 

Hey, Eagles fans, we finally had a foe over which we were favored to win. 

Weber State came into this game, not only with a worse record that the Eagles have, but the Wildcats had been annihilated by good teams. They started out the season with 5 lop-sided losses, before getting a big win while playing at St. Johns, but their other two wins were at home against weak teams. Their guards had carried the offensive load.

Weber State came out blazing though, hitting 7 of their first 9 shots (including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc) to jump out to a 21-7 lead with 13:10 left in the half. The Eagles fought back but couldn’t overtake the Wildcats, due to Weber State hitting 61% of their FG attempts and knocking down six 3-pointers. When the buzzer sounded Eastern Washington trailed 42-38. Shawn Jackson led the Eagles’ scoring with 9 points.

EWU persistently tried to cut the lead but Weber State held them off (as EWU’s defense continued to be porous) until the Eagles tied it at 65-65 with 7:53 left in the game. The Eagles and Wildcats exchanged the lead from there on but ultimately the refs took EWU out of the game by calling repeated fouls against EWU allowing Weber State to pull ahead in the final minute of play.

Final Score: Weber State (4-12, 2-3)—80, Eastern Washington (4-12, 2-3, 5th place tie).

Weber State scored 8 more points at the free throw line. This was a very disappointing home loss and a game they should have won.

Eastern Washington’s leading players: C Joseph Palmer-19 pts, 2 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals; SG Shawn Jackson-11 pts, 2 reb, 3 assists, 1 steal; PG Tim Dove-9 pts, 2 reb, 1 assist, 1 steal; PF Cory Davis-9 pts, 1 reb, 1 assist, 2 steals.

Player of the Game: Weber State’s PG Ed Jones-13 pts, 6 assists, 5 steals.



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Torbern “Swede” Olaffson, Athletic Director:

 

Ouch! I’m getting my butt toasted after the latest loss by our men’s basketball squad. Both alumni and students were enthused when I hired a new coach several months ago. (Hell, even my wife is asking why I hired a guy with no head coaching experience.) But there now is a segment of both groups that are not only disappointed by the Eagles’ play but are contacting road and roofing companies and chicken ranches to see if there is enough tar and feathers for both me and Coach Vandergard.

Thus far the administration has not joined the acrimony, but more home losses (especially to bad teams like Weber State) are likely to have them become part of the “Lynch Olaffson and Vandegard” brigade.

I haven’t said anything to Brett yet since I know he inherited a cesspool, but I might have to have some discussions with him soon. The defense in the past two games has simply been atrocious. 

I decide to call a friend who I know has worked with a lot of head coaches (I’ll simply identify him by his nickname, “PointGuard”) to see what he thinks. He pulls no punches when he tells me he’s been keeping track of the Eagles (and has even seen a few of our games), and while he’s worked with a lot of coaches who had some tough first years, this year’s EWU Eagles squad has to be the worst team he’s ever seen in his many years of following basketball and working with head coaches. But he says, “Hey, you might as well just write this year off and see what Vandergard can do to improve the team next year. Yeah, you’re gonna take heat, but put on your nomex suit and you’ll be OK. A few singed tail feathers never hurt anybody.”

I hang up and decide to take the afternoon off so I’ll have plenty time to deplete my liquor cabinet.



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Jamal Smith, 1st Asst Coach (recruiting):
 
We’ve got a pretty decent list of recruits who’ve shown interest in us, but as you know we don’t have any scholarships to offer this year. But I decide to float an idea to Coach V. My idea is for us to cut a couple players as soon as our season concludes to open scholarships. We then could make a late blitzkrieg attack on the remaining available recruits in April and probably pick up some players who could boost us next year much more than the players we cut. And even if we aren’t able to fill the scholarships, we could go after some high-quality transfer players.

Coach V hears me out. He agrees that my idea would likely work to our advantage next year. He tells me he appreciates the fact that I’m coming up with some good ideas and he’s really tempted to try it, but that he’s not comfortable cutting players to whom the school has made a commitment to gain a short-term advantage. He tells me he knows I’ve worked hard this year on recruiting and can understand how I’d like to get some payback for our program. But he says, “Just look at this year as one that is laying a strong foundation. Jamal, we’ll get our chance next year to pull in some good new recruits.”

I’m disappointed that we can’t nail down a couple good recruits this year, but also appreciate Coach V’s intent on honoring commitments. I know he's taking heat for how the team has played thus far, but he's not going to take short cuts toward success.


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Jim Rome:

.... fact checker Mary assures me that Incontangible is now a word. Incontangible is a word. We are going to talk more about the iincontangiblous situation at Eastern Washington University. Before we get into the new allegations, however, and they are mindblowing. The nrew allegations will blow your mind. Before we get into those new allegations however it has come to the attention of this sports commentator that Eastern Washington head coach Kirk Vandergrub has besmeeched my spotless reputation as a sports commentateror by claiming that since i was never a professional athlete that my opinion doesn't matter. Did Chick Hearn ever play in the NBA? No, Chick Hearn did not play in the NBA. I repeat. Kirk Vandermug hates Chick Hearn because he did not play in the NBA. Did Bob Costas ever ski down a mountain in the Olympics? Bob Costas did not ski down a mountain in the Olympics. Coach Kirk Vandermutt hates Bob Costas because he did not ski down a mountain in the Olympics. How low can this guy go? I mean really. Lower he can not go. Did Scooter Rizzuto play professional baseball? Scooter Rizzuto did not play progessional baseball. Check that, Scooter Rizzuto did play professional baseball..thank you, Mary. Kirk Vandergarden hates Scooter Rizzuto because he played professional baseball. Shameful, just shameful. Kirk Vandergrub...hates...Scooter Rizzuto. As bad. check that..monstrous as that is...we haven't even gotten to the new allegations yet. We ... Haven't....gotten to the new allegations yet. Back in a miinute..check that 2 and a half minutes. I'm Jim Rome....Rome is burning....

(Copied from posting by CoachC in Wolverine Studios forums)

 

Wayne (EWU basketball fan):

Go home, Jim Rome, you're drunk!

(Copied with minor revision from posting by Wayne23 in Wolverine Studios forums)

 

J.M.D. (EWU basketball fan):

Hey Swede, if you need an assistant, here's my cell number, because I'll tell you what, Bret Vandergard's done NOTHING for you lately!

(Copied with minor revision from posting by JMD in Wolverine Studios forums)

 

Jim Rome:

Wayne, I'm not as think as you drunk I am! Besides, I can't go home... i wandered around and got stuck in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Can you come pick me up?

Copied from posting by CoachC in Wolverine Studios forums)

 

Wayne (EWU basketball fan):

Eek! No way am I goin' ta Tuscaloosa. I avoid the Confederacy whenever possible. I hear they play country music down there. You did see that double blind study out of Michigan State that demonstrated very clearly that country music kills brain cells right? How about the follow up? It showed even more clearly that listening to country while watching Nascar can very quickly lead to Cranial Sphincter syndrome.

(Copied from posting by Wayne23 in Wolverine Studios forums)

 

Jim Rome:

We are back live....check that. we aren't back yet? {waits another 10 seconds). Jim Rome, we are back live. In our first half hour we revealed how Eastern Washington head coach Kirk Vonnegut hates Scooter Rizzuto, as if he didn't have enough problems already. Kirk Vonnegut..hates...Scooter Rizzuto!

In the next 1/2 hour we'll be talking about the new allegations concerning the beleaguered coach and his program. As has been previously reported. Coach Kiki Vandeweghe of Eastern Washington University had intentionally placed Washington politician Christine Rozniak's bid for a seat in the Washington state assembly by repeatedly making untoward advances to her and forcefully dragging her into his teams locker room in front of reliable witnesses, check that. beer vendors. In s phone conversation I had with Ms. Rozniak this afternoon, she confirmed all allegations..check that...she refused to deny all allegations...check that...she hung up on me...check that, she hung up on Mary. Repeating this breaking news. Christine Rozniak, Washington politician, hates Scooter Rizzuto and his wife, Mary..check that, she hates Scooter Rizzuto, his wife, and Mary, but confirms by not denying the allegations against Eastern Washington head coach Kurt Vandercamp. 

I know, I know...you are already reeling. You...are reeling. But wait. Check that...Wait!. We're just getting to the good stuff. We're ...waiting....for the good stuff. A source close to this impramatcal pundit revealed earlier today..that just moments...check that...seconds...before 6'9" forward Chris Lewis , a red chip..check that , blue chip recruit from Portland, Oregon signed his letter of intent with the Maryland Terrapins this fall, young Mr. Lewis recieved a phone call from EWU staff offering him a car and two garages...check that...2 cars and a garage....check that..a car and two cheerleaders. Our indereputable source further revealed that EWU assistant Larry "The Gooch" Montgomery once attended a class and cheated off of during a test none other than Chris Lewis' father's cousin during a business ethics class in junior college. What more proof do you need of tampering?


To recap. Kiki Vandewegh hates Phil Rizzuto but loves to chase and ruin the reputation of female politicians, and hired an assistant specifically because he thought it would give him an inside edge on a blue chip recruit, then authorized "The Gooch" to offer Mr. Lewis 3 cars and the entire cheerleading squad. How much more has to go on in northeastern America before the NCAA checks in? THe NCAA needs to get off their butts and check in.


I'm Jim Rome. In the 2nd hour we'll be talking with Shaquille O'Neil's gynecologist. I'm Jim Rome....Rome is burning.

(Copied from posting by CoachC in Wolverine Studios Forums)

 

Wayne (EWU basketball fan):

Jim, I think if we're discussing "Hall of Famer" (what a freakin' farce) Scooter Rizzuto we must add the word "allegedly" to the phrase "played major league baseball."

(Copied with minor revision from posting by Wayne23 in Wolverine Studios Forums)

 

AP News Release:

The estate of renowned science fiction writer, Kurt Vonnegut, who passed away in 2007, has been receiving much unexplained hate mail from disgruntled Yankees fans, most of whom seem to be under the impression that Mr. Vonnegut is still alive, according to an estate spokeswoman. "We are totally perplexed, but we wish they would stop."

(Copied from posting by CoachC in Wolverine Studios forums)

 

Jim Rome:

hey, Rizzuto was a Yankme...everyone but the Babe and Gehrig are "alledgedly"

(Copied from post by CoachC in Wolverine Studios forum)

 

Torbern “Swede” Olaffson, Athletic Director:

Bret Vandergard's Voicemail from Swede: "Dammit, Bret, pick up! What the hell is going on? I hired you because I had faith that you could take this program to the next level and all of sudden I'm being inundated with calls from reporters and boosters day and night. None of it makes any sense to me, but what few intelligible syllables I've been able to get out of anyone is that we are about to be investigated by the NCAA? WHAT? What the hell is going on Bret? My ulcers can't take this...be in my office at 8 tomorrow and start explaining!

(Copied from posting by CoachC in Wolverine Studios forums)



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Christine Rozniak, City Council member and realtor:

 

CR: “Hey, Swede left a sort of rambling message for you, Brett.”
BV: “What the hell, Christine? You listened to the messages on my answering device?” eek.gif 
CR: “Ohhhh, I just noticed the blinking light and since you were in the shower thought I could help you a little.” 
BV: “Geez, I think I can take care of my own messages, Christine. I don’t need a secretary.” 
CR: “Oh come on now, Mr. Cranky. And you think of ME as a sexretary, errr I mean secretary?” tongue.gif 
BV: “Alright, alright. So what did Swede have to say?”
CR: “Oh, it was a rambling message, sort of unintelligible, so very hard to know exactly.”
BV: “Damn, you thought you’d help me out by listening to my message and then didn’t figure out what it was about? But, OK, I’ll listen to it myself now. [Pushes play button, “You have no messages”]. Christine, what happened to the message?” confused.gif 
CR: “Oh silly me, I must have hit the wrong button and maybe it got erased. Your answering machine is so different from mine that I wasn’t really sure what button to press. But I’m sure it was nothing. [Reaching over to pull the towel loose.] Anyway, I think I know how to get rid of your bad mood.” rolleyes.gif






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