USD Basketball Tabs Sam Scholl as New Head Coach

April 2, 2018

It’s been a decade since the University of San Diego last made an impact in March, upsetting a fourth-seeded Connecticut squad in overtime. On the same day that the NCAA crowned its champion in hot-shooting juggernaut Villanova, the University of San Diego formally announced the man they hope can lead them back to the madness of March. After watching acting head coach Sam Scholl lead the Toreros to the quarterfinals…


Lamont Smith Resigns as Head Basketball Coach at USD

March 7, 2018

After nearly two weeks of investigation into his Bay Area arrest, and a day after being cleared on charges of domestic violence, University of San Diego head basketball coach Lamont Smith has resigned. The decision was communicated by university administrators to the campus community late Wednesday night. In addition to announcing the decision, the statement from university president James Harris noted appreciation for Smith’s contributions to the basketball program during…


Charges Against USD Basketball Coach Dropped

March 6, 2018

As West Coast Conference powerhouse Gonzaga celebrates the culmination of a dominant run through the conference tournament, the budding men’s basketball program at the University of San Diego can allow itself a small sigh of relief off the court. Head coach Lamont Smith, arrested two Sundays ago in the Bay Area in relation to an alleged domestic violence dispute, will not face charges for the incident, it was announced Tuesday….


USD Basketball Coach Arrested on Team Trip

February 25, 2018

UPDATE (2/26/18, 2:32 p.m. PST): The University of San Diego announced today that Smith will be placed on administrative leave until further notice. In the announcement, the school states that “Our values as a faith-based institution call upon us to proceed with justice and compassion. Our prayers are for all those who are impacted by this situation.” The university has opened an investigation. Assistant coach Sam Scholl will take over…


The Padres are Building From the Ground Up

February 21, 2018

Admit it: you started reading this believing it to be another article about the process of the San Diego Padres, expecting me to inundate you with how the Friars’ farm system sets them up well for several years of affordable pennant hunting. Admit it: you’re now feeling slightly tricked, starting to believe that maybe this isn’t an article about the Padres’ emerging youth movement, or about how the 2020 season…


USD Basketball Slides Back into Win Column versus Santa Clara

January 25, 2018

Losers of four of their last five, the University of San Diego entered tonight in dire need of a win. Leave it to a home match-up with Santa Clara, then, to get the team back on track. A 21-point effort from point guard Isaiah Wright (including 15 points in the second half) staved off attempts at a rally from the opposing Broncos and carried the home team to a 66-58…


The Next Cooperstown Class: The Official 2018 East Village Times HOF Vote

January 23, 2018

Want to start a hotly-contested debate without venturing into taboo topics like politics and religion? There might be no better place to start than the merits of potential inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. By and large, the Hall houses the understandable standouts of the sport – names like Ruth, Gehrig, Mays, and Gwynn. That doesn’t mean, however, that the baseball public agrees about the inclusion of each…


Extending a (Brad) Hand: Reliever to Remain a Friar Through 2020

January 13, 2018

  Long live the Hand puns. Reports from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports broke news today of a three-year contract extension for San Diego Padres reliever Brad Hand. The deal will keep the left-hander in San Diego through the 2020 season with a club option for 2021, and is reportedly worth $19.75 million in guaranteed money. The extension offers a degree of stability to…


What to Make of New Padre Kazuhisa Makita

January 10, 2018

  For baseball folks, Japanese right-hander and recent San Diego Padres’ signee Kazuhisa Makita presents something of an enigma. There’s his physical profile: just five-foot-ten and 181 pounds, both of which qualify as undersized by the standards of those who take major league mounds on a consistent basis (he stands a decent chance of being the smallest pitcher on the Padres’ roster come spring). There’s his mechanics: one of the…


Moral Victories Only: USD Stumbles Down Stretch in Loss to St. Mary’s

January 6, 2018

The 2017-18 University of San Diego men’s basketball team has made its money so far on stifling defense around the three-point line and a gritty lineup that runs eight deep. In a road match-up with St. Mary’s, and looking for the program’s first win in Moraga since 2007, the Toreros turned to that formula again. The opposing Gaels didn’t make a three-pointer until midway through the second half, and shot…


Future Friars: Scouting the Return From the Yangervis Solarte Trade

January 6, 2018

This afternoon, it was announced that the San Diego Padres had dealt incumbent infielder and widespread fan favorite Yangervis Solarte to the Toronto Blue Jays. The return: a pair of prospects with upside in outfielder Edward Olivares and right-handed reliever Jared Carkuff.   I had a couple of thoughts when news of the trade (and, shortly after, the return) first broke: Man, I’m really going to miss Yangervis Solarte. Who…


The 2017-18 WCC Basketball Preview You Didn’t Know You Needed

December 28, 2017

4-14. 6-13. Those were the conference records for the University of San Diego in each of the last two seasons. The program has undergone the collegiate version of a rebuild under head coach Lamont Smith, with the emphasis being on getting underclassmen on the court, and the win-loss records have shown as much. However, now in the third round of the Lamont Smith era, the Toreros have found more success,…