Big week in basketball - regular-season conference titles on the line in the Summit League:
Former SDSU assistant Shawn Mennenga has been retained by the Cleveland Browns despite a coaching change. And former SDSU tight end Steve Heiden has been hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant to the special teams and tight ends coaches.
The SDSU baseball team - picked second in the Summit League - opens the season at 7:30 a.m. Monday in the Metrodome against Waldorf. The Jacks will be without the services of pitcher Marcus Heemstra - he’ll redshirt this season so he can focus on basketball. That will also give him a baseball-only fifth season.
Coach Dave Schrage said that its evident in preseason practice that the team has more depth than last year. Competition is ongoing at catcher and in the outfield.
In other multi-sport athlete news, football player Andy Mink is working out with the wrestling team. The fifth-year senior was a two-time high school state champ in Nebraska at 215 pounds.
Jacks coach Chris Bono said it’s unlikely that Mink will crack the lineup this weekend for the team’s final duals, but he’s been helpful.
“He’s just in there working out with our guys,” Bono said. “He’s really unselfish to help our heavyweights have a bigger body to work out with. We really appreciate that.”
Three of the four incoming recruits for SDSU men’s basketball are nationally ranked at their positions by ESPN.com. Anders Broman is 69th at shooting guard, Lane Severyn is 149th at small forward and Logan Doyle is 155th is power forward.
The only player left out is Clark/Willow Lake senior guard Skyler Flatten, who is said to have the highest ceiling of the bunch.
Matt Fuks of the SDSU Alumni Association said that the indoor practice facility is likely to reach the Senate floor today. The project passed through the Senate appropriations committee by an 8-0 vote last week.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.