PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State has promoted Rod Jensen to assistant men's basketball coach, taking the place of Ben Johnson, who recently left the program. Washington State coach Ken Bone announced the decision on Monday. Jensen was hired earlier this year as the Cougars director of player development.
He had been the head coach at College of Idaho for three seasons before joining the Washington State staff. Jensen led College of Idaho to its first winning season in four years last season. Jensen was a long-time assistant at Boise State before becoming the Broncos head coach in 1995 and compiling a 109-93 record. After Boise State, Jensen was an assistant at Virginia and UNC Greensboro before returning to the Northwest.
No. 19 Huskies Hope Bye Doesn't Stop Momentum
SEATTLE (AP) - Before he knew that No. 19 Washington would come out and look dominant and impressive in its season opener, Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian wanted an early break. He wanted the Huskies to have an early bye week after their opener against Boise State in order to take stock of how Washington looked with its new high-speed offense. Little did Sarkisian know that the concern wouldn't be how the Huskies operated, but whether they could keep the momentum from a dominant 38-6 victory going forward heading into Saturday's game against Illinois at Chicago's Soldier Field. Sarkisian said the bye worked perfectly. The Huskies were able to correct issues that arose with their faster offense in the opener and focus on problems with tackling.
Illinois Offense Comes Back To Life Under Cubit
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois' offense was one of the team's many problems last season. Now it's one of the big reasons the Illini have started 2-0 this season. The Illini under new offensive coordinator Bill Cubit spread the ball around. Eleven receivers caught balls and seven (players got carries in last Saturday's 45-17 win over Cincinnati. Cubit credits senior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase for using so many receivers. He points out that the quarterback's 364 yards a game leads the Big Ten so far. It's clear Scheelhaase is enjoying the partnership with Cubit, too. He particularly likes that Cubit spends the game on the sideline rather than in a booth above the field. The Illini could face a stiffer test Saturday. They'll take on No. 19 Washington at Soldier Field in Chicago.
September 10, 2013