Tag Archive: Big West

Mar 08

Is it You-you or Oo-oo? Video interview with Drake U’u and Chris O’Brien

When Drake U’u makes a play during a men’s basketball game in Mott Gym, public address announcer Mike Moreno lets you know it by emphatically booming out the Cal Poly senior guard’s last name: “You-youu!” But all this time, have we been mispronouncing U’u’s name (which is Samoan in origin)? According to the Hawaii broadcasters …

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Mar 01

Scrogcast: Hawaii beat writer Brian McInnis talks Big West

Tribune file photo by David Middlecamp. Cal Poly's Drake U'u drives past Isaac Fotu of Hawaii earlier this season.

Since the Cal Poly men’s basketball team remained on the road after Thursday’s blowout victory at Cal State Northridge, I went with an audio production lieu of a game preview on Saturday’s showdown at Hawaii. Honolulu Star-Advertiser basketball beat reporter Brian McInnis came on the Scrogcast to give you everything you ever wanted to know …

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Feb 13

Scrogcast: Eversley injury update and the BigWestMD

Gearing up for the Blue-Green Rivalry between the Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara men’s basketball teams this weekend, the Scrogcast features about 25 minutes with new media specialist Steve Chen from the Big West Conference office. Also, I’ve also tacked on my one-on-one interview with Mustangs leading scorer and rebounder Chris Eversley to the …

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Jan 11

Scrogcast: Cal Poly basketball, All-County football

Cal Poly point guard Jamal Johnson drives the lane against UC Irvine. Tribune photo by Laura Dickinson.

Since it’s been a while since we taped a show, this one is extra long and stuffed with great content from all over the sports landscape. Tribune preps reporter Nick Wilson joined me to provide a preview of the All-County high school football team and the Player of the Year story coming out this weekend. …

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Jan 18

Poly’s need for preparation/rest is not tournament-friendly

Tribune photo by Joe Johnston

Interim title-holder Phil Webb was on track to becoming the first undefeated athletic director in Cal Poly history. The money man in the Mustangs’ athletic department, Webb watched Cal Poly’s programs improve to 9-0 this month under his watch after the women’s basketball team came back from down eight in the second half to win …

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Jan 12

Cal Poly coaches performing like COY candidates so far


Just when I was beginning my quest for more straws to clutch, the Cal Poly basketball programs had an eyebrow-raising week, and if it keeps up, give these coaches some hardware. After lulling us to sleep with inauspicious starts to the year, both the men and women went 2-0 — each sweeping NorCal travel partners …

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Jan 06

Cuesta’s Kramer, available for a limited time only

Tribune photo by Joe Johnston

The Cuesta men’s basketball team is all of a sudden trying to forge a new identity as it enters conference play, and without point guard Casey Rogers — who left the school to return to his Montana home after winter break — the Cougars are fighting an uphill battle toward a run at a third …

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Dec 18

Injuries have Cal Poly running a muck


The Cal Poly men’s basketball team has been playing ugly, and I wouldn’t expect that to change just because the Mustangs have finished playing Pac-10 and nationally ranked programs. Yes, the size mismatches they’ve faced in the past three games — losses to UCLA, Cal and No. 11 San Diego State — are a big …

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Dec 10

Hawaii makes it official; Big West has Fresno State to thank

It’s hardly news now the way it had been rumored for months, but Hawaii finally made it official with an announcement that its football program would be moving to the Mountain West Conference while the rest of its athletic department will join Cal Poly in the Big West. It’s just the latest move in the …

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Dec 04

Is there a Hawaiian word for win AND lose?


I figure since “aloha” means hello and goodbye, there might be some island term that also encompasses winning and losing. Maybe not. But after this week’s men’s basketball game between Cal Poly and the visiting Rainbow Warriors, a new word might have to be thought up. It’s fair to take another look back at the …

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