The headline last night on the Dallas Morning News website read, “Machota: If Scott Linehan isn’t the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator I don’t think Kellen Moore is still in Dallas.” The headline last night on the Dallas Morning News website read, “Machota: If Scott Linehan isn’t the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator I don’t think Kellen Moore is still in Dallas.” Who is Machota? Jon Machota of the Morning News’ SportsDay, who talks all things Cowboys and was a guest on “CowboysCast.” On the surface, to sounds like a diss of the Boise State great, but it was just honest analysis by Machota. “Kellen Moore, at the end of the day, he knows Linehan’s system,” said Machota “He looks like a paper boy, like Jason Garrett always says. Fans look at him and probably don’t think can get the job done. Linehan sees a lot of upside in him. Obviously the Cowboys pay a lot of attention to what their coaches say. Scott Linehan likes Kellen Moore. As long as Scott Linehan is here I think Kellen Moore is here.”
That Dallas waited until the fourth round to draft Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott was significant, according to Machota. “To me, that was their plan all along, “ Machota said. “They were going to roll Kellen Moore and add somebody in the draft at some point to be the third guy.” If Tony Romo were to go down again this season, Machota says Linehan believes Moore can carry the Cowboys. Linehan may be the only one in the organization that does, says Machota, but—“I will say that from everybody I have talked to they think Moore has even more of a chance to succeed when you have a healthy Dez Bryant out there (and when) you add Ezekiel Elliott to the offense.” Moore threw his first career touchdown pass to Bryant last December but didn’t have a chance to work with him the last two games of the season.
Another step for the College of Idaho program. The Coyotes have two representatives on the Sporting News Preseason NAIA All-America team, and both are Treasure Valley guys. Former Eagle High standout Marcus Lenhardt is on the squad at tight end after hauling in 40 catches for 573 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Mountain View High grad Nate Moore makes the grade in the secondary after leading the Frontier Conference last season with six interceptions.
Congratulations to all the state champions out there, first and foremost the Eagle High girls softball team. The state 5A tournament was more challenging than anything the Mustangs encountered during the regular season—the weather, the travel, the inspired competition. The tournament was moved from Bonneville to Mountain View yesterday for the remainder of the semifinals and the championship game due to nonstop rain in Idaho Falls. Eagle survived an eight-inning nailbiter in a 1-0 win over Coeur d’Alene—then beat Rocky Mountain 5-2 for the title. The Mustangs finish at 29-0, and now we’ll see if they finish as the No. 1 team in the country, the spot they hold now in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25.
Did the San Francisco Giants-Chicago Cubs series over the weekend change your outlook on the National League race? Hey, it’s still only May. The Giants took two out of three at AT&T Park, and they only needed former Bishop Kelly star Josh Osich once. In the last six games, the Giants have coaxed five magnificent starts from their rotation, and they got one Saturday night from Matt Cain. Osich came into the game with two men on to get the final out of the seventh inning via strikeout, but he did give up a run in the eighth in San Francisco’s 5-3 win.
On Sunday Sports Extra last night, I ran down Osich’s timeline since graduating from B.K. nine years ago. He doubled as a quarterback for the Knights but pursued baseball at Oregon State. Osich’s college career was interrupted by Tommy John surgery in 2010. No worse for the wear, he returned the next season and threw a no-hitter for the Beavers against UCLA. In June of 2011, he was drafted in the sixth round by the Giants. And after working his way up through the farm system, he made his major league debut last summer on 4th of July weekend. Osich made 35 appearances as a rookie and was 2-0 with an era of 2.20, with a stellar strikeout-to-walk ratio of 27-to-8. So far this season, he already has 21 appearances, with a record of 0-1 (not really relevant for a middle reliever) and an ERA of 2.35.
Mike Mendoza has become just the third head coach of the Boise State wrestling program in the past 44 years. Mendoza spent the last six seasons at his alma mater, Cal State Bakersfield, and led the Roadrunners to their first Top 25 ranking in 15 years this past season. He replaces Greg Randall, who was not retained this spring after a third straight disappointing season for a Bronco program that used to be a regular in the rankings.
In the biggest fight card in CenturyLink Arena in almost 10 years—this time mixed martial arts instead of boxing—Rafael Carvalho retained his Bellator MMA Middleweight Championship during the live national telecast of Bellator 155 on Spike TV. Carvalho’s match with Melvin Manhoef went all five rounds, with the champ earning a split-decision. The win was Carvalho’s 13th in a row, improving his record to 13-1.
I’m filling in today on the Bob & Chris Show, and Bob Behler and I are scheduled to interview Idaho State hurdler Shelby Erdahl. It’ll be a privilege. Erdahl’s the one who was about to make the turn on the back stretch of the 400 meter hurdles final at the Big Sky Championships at Northern Colorado. It was then that she ruptured her Achilles tendon but continued the race, grimacing in pain and slowing to the pace of a race-walker and gingerly stepping over each remaining hurdle. Erdahl finished the race and earned a point for the Bengals. The video has gone viral, as it should have, and has been picked up by most prominent national sportscasts.
This Day In Sports…May 23, 2002:
Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers sets a major league record by amassing 19 total bases in a 16-3 shellacking of the Brewers in Milwaukee. How did he do it? Green went 6-for-6 and became the 14th player in big league history to hit four home runs in one game. His total bases broke the record of 18, held by Joe Adcock of the Milwaukee Braves since 1954.
(Tom Scott hosts the Scott Slant segment Sunday nights at 10:30PM on KTVB’s Sunday Sports Extra and anchors five sports segments each weekday on 93.1 The Ticket. He also served as color commentator on KTVB’s telecasts of Boise State football for 14 seasons.)