It pays to read the fine print. Or maybe it pays to have leverage.
Whatever the case, Washington State basketball fans are upset Cougars athletic director Bill Moos agreed to amend a three-year deal with Gonzaga and move the 2014-15 game to a ‘neutral site’ and play at Spokane Arena.
Last season’s game was soldout at Gonzaga’s 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center and this season it was scheduled to be held at Beasley Coliseum, an 11,671-seat venue in Pullman. However, the Cougars agreed to the move the game to the 14,000-seat Spokane Arena.
Furthermore, WSU reportedly will not receive a 50-5- split on the revenue.
The Cougars will host the game in 2015-16.
During an insightful interview with Gonzaga Bulletin’s Matt Johnson, Gonzaga athletic director said the Zags will play home-and-home series with Arizona and UCLA starting next season.
There’s no mention of Washington in the Bulletin’s story, but it appears as if the icy tensions between UW and Gonzaga has thawed and the two schools could renew a series perhaps as early as the 2016-17 season.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON LINKS:
— UCLA coach Steve Alford envisions his son Bryce and Isaac Hamilton sharing the point guard duties next season.
— Arizona State wing Shaquielle McKissic, the former Kentridge High standout, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. That’s good news for the Sun Devils, who lose three starters.
— Washington State coach Ernie Kent has four spots to fill.
— It’s a little old, but interesting to note UCLA landed four-star 2015 point guard Aaron Holiday. His older brother Justin played at Washington while Jrue starred at UCLA.
— NCAA President Mark Emmert is a smart guy, but he made a dumb move this morning. He agreed to answer questions from from folks on Twitter who blasted him about his stance on the NCAA’s treatment on student-athletes.
— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Emmert met to discuss increasing the NBA’s age limit.