Welcome to the first weekly Gonzaga Bulldogs news briefing of the 2019-20 season. With the World Series, college football, and NBA in full swing, college basketball isn’t quite in the limelight yet, outside of the sporadic postings of various sites detailing their preseason top 25 teams.
Hopefully, this will give you a bit to read in the near future.
The biggest news reverberating around college sports definitely is good news for the players. The NCAA Board of Governors voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics to receive benefits from the use of their name, image, and likeness. This immediate turnaround by the NCAA comes conspicuously on the heels of California’s legislation. (Insert Mark Few joke here)
The Spokesman Review has a super cool article about Eric Edelstein, former Gonzaga play-by-play man and current actor in Hollywood.
In more basketball oriented news, DraftKings says the Zags are going to win a NCAA-high 27.5 wins during the regular season this year. Memphis comes in second at 26.5 and Duke and Michigan State are at 25.5.
Jackson Frank has a great article on The Athletic which posits the question: Is Corey Kispert ready for a bigger offensive role? (behind paywall)
Myron Medcalf ranked Admon Gilder as the No. 2 most impactful newcomer in the nation over on ESPN.
In non-basketball news, but Gonzaga news (from a couple of weeks ago), a federal jury ruled in favor of Gonzaga in a civil case of discrimination in the workplace. The only reason that this is being posted here is because the person suing the university was the owner of Maddie the Bulldog, the unofficial living and breathing mascot of Gonzaga University, who died in 2017.