Boise St and Washington to meet in Las Vegas Bowl

Boise St and Washington to meet in Las Vegas Bowl

BOISE, Idaho (AP) The Las Vegas Bowl will have a Northwest flavor as Washington and No. 20 Boise State square off for just the second time in the history of the two schools.

The Broncos (10-2) and Huskies (7-5) accepted invitations to the Dec. 22 bowl Sunday.

It's a familiar postseason scenario for the Broncos, who have played their bowl games in Las Vegas each of the last two years. Boise State earned a third trip Saturday by knocking off Nevada to grab a share of the Mountain West Conference title with Fresno State and San Diego State.

``We are excited to return to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and face the University of Washington,'' Broncos head coach Chris Petersen said in a statement. ``Coach (Steve) Sarkisian and his staff do an excellent job in preparing their team and we look forward to the challenge of playing a Pac-12 opponent for the second straight year.''

Boise State beat Arizona State last year and Utah the previous year.

Washington is heading to its third straight bowl game but will play in Las Vegas for the first time in the program's 123-year history.

The Huskies won seven games for the second straight season and beat a pair of Top 10 teams. But they were also inconsistent at times and were beaten badly by Oregon and Arizona and in the regular-season finale against Washington State.

``It's a great destination for not only our football team, but for our fans and for Husky faithful to come support us,'' Sarkisian said. ``It's a tremendous bowl game, one that's got a great deal of history in our conference and people going to play it.''

The Huskies beat Boise State 24-10 in their first meeting in Seattle in 2009. Then-redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker led the way and helped snap the Broncos' 14-game winning streak. The two teams are scheduled to meet again to kick off the 2013 season in the Huskies' newly renovated stadium.

``Somebody's going to win and somebody's going to lose this first one,'' Sarkisian said. ``Then we are going to come back nine months later to see who can win the second one.''

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

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Report: Former Terp Diamond Stone included in federal documents detailing NCAA violations

A bombshell article published Friday morning by Pat Forde and Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports details potential NCAA violations involving more than 20 schools and 25 players.

Several of the biggest names and programs in college basketball were referenced in the Yahoo! report, including former Maryland Terrapin, Diamond Stone.

According to documents and bank records that are part of an FBI investigation, Stone received $14,303 while a freshman at Maryland, a clear violation of NCAA rules. 

Former NBA agent Andy Miller of ASM Sports was the primary handler dishing out incentives, which included cash advances, entertainment expenses and travel expenses for high school and college prospects.

Other players referenced in the documents include Dennis Smith who played at North Carolina State, Isaiah Whitehead from Seton Hall, DeMatha star Markelle Fultz who played at Washington and Edrice "Bam" Adebayo who went on to play at Kentucky. 

Player's and their families from Duke, Michigan State, USC, North Carolina, Texas and Alabama were also included.

Stone played for the Terps during the 2015-16 season before declaring for the 2016 NBA Draft. He was selected 40th overall by the New Orleans Pelicans and traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. 


Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon postponed Friday morning's media availability, but he did release the following statement through the school.

"Late last night we were alerted of a report associating one of our former student-athletes with an agent. We are extremely disappointed, and we will fully cooperate with any investigation. I do not have a relationship with Andy Miller or anyone from his agency, and at no time have I ever had a conversation with Andy Miller or his agency regarding any Maryland basketball player. We remain steadfast in upholding a program of integrity that reflects the values of our University community."

Stone did end up signing with a different agency.

While this is still under investigation, large consequences for the NCAA can be expected.

The NCAA also released a statement following the news. 

These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.