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College Sports News for Dec. 10th

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      No. 4 Zags face Cougars in Pullman tonight
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Gonzaga's Bulldogs have a high national
ranking (No. 4) and an unbeaten record (6-0), but they'll only be
2-point favorites at 7 tonight when they face coach Tony Bennett's
Washington State Cougars in Pullman.

The Zags are so wary of Bennett's coaching prowess and slowdown
game that they brought some of their past players to practice this
week in Spokane to mimic the Cougars.

Matt Santangelo, a guard who graduated in 2000 and holds the
Zags' career assist record, was there to portray Cougars point
guard Taylor Rochestie. Casey Calvary, who graduated in 2001, stood
in for Cougars center Aron Baynes.

Washington State goes into the game with a 6-2 record. The
Cougars are looking for their third straight victory over the

Their two losses this season came against ranked teams. They
lost 58-52 to No. 22 Baylor last Saturday at Friel Court in
Pullman. Earlier, they lost 57-43 to No. 3 Pittsburgh.

Gonzaga is coming off a 70-54 win over Indiana last Saturday at
      Sarkisian sends assistant coaches packing
SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports new
University of Washington head football coach Steve Sarkisian has
fired four assistants from coach Tyrone Willingham's 2008 staff.

Sarkisian was hired last week to try to rebuild a Huskies
program that went 0-12 this season.

The P-I says offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, wide receivers
coach Charlie Baggett, offensive line coach Mike Denbrock and
running backs coach Steve Gervais have been told by Sarkisian they
have been fired.

In addition, a source close to the exiting coaching staff told
the P-I that defensive line coach Randy Hart will not be fired, but
given an opportunity to retire. Hart has coached at Washington for
21 years.

The newspaper says recruiting coordinator/linebackers coach
Chris Tormey, if he is retained by Sarkisian, would stay on most
likely in a recruiting capacity and could coach tight ends.

Sarkisian spoke with Willingham's assistants yesterday morning.
He said he plans to replace sports performance coach Trent Greener.

The P-I says according to a source in Los Angeles, USC defensive
backs coach Rocky Seto may be among the first assistant coach to
join Sarkisian at Washington.

With the exception of defensive coordinator Ed Donatell, all the
Huskies assistants are under contract until June 30, 2009.
Donatell's contract runs through 2010.

      Reilly named NCAA Division II first-team All-America
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - Central Washington senior
quarterback Mike Reilly has been named to the NCAA Division II
All-America first team.

Reilly is one of three national finalists for the Harlon Hill
award as the top player in Division II football this season.

He finished his final college season by passing for 3,706 yards
and 37 touchdowns, with six interceptions. He completed 65.2
percent of his passes and was ranked among the top six in Division
II in all major passing categories.

Reilly was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference offensive
player of the year.

In his senior season, Reilly surpassed Jon Kitna's Central
Washington career passing record with 12,448 yards.
      Wisconsin 60, Idaho State 58
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Idaho State had a chance as a 19 1/2-point
underdog to score a major upset against Big Ten Wisconsin last
night at Madison, but lost 60-58 to see its record fall to 2-6.

The Badgers improved to 7-2.

Jason Bohannon scored 18 points, scoring all of his points on
3-pointers and free throws, including two foul shots with 8.9
seconds left that gave Wisconsin a 59-55 lead.

Matt Stucki hit a 3-pointer for the Bengals with 2.9 seconds
left, and Idaho State had a chance for an upset after Trevon Hughes
of the Badgers was whistled for a lane violation on the second of
two free throws.

But Marcus Landry broke up the Bengals' full-court inbounds pass
at the top of the key, preserving the victory.

Demetrius Monroe led the Bengals with 14 points on 7-of-9
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