Idaho State football schedule brings pressure, excitement for hopeful Bengals

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POCATELLO — Hopes and expectations are high for the Idaho State football team in 2019.

The Bengals are coming off their first winning season (6-5) since 2014, return starters and veterans all over the field and showed promise last season, when a hot start and statement victories temporarily vaulted ISU into the national rankings.

Another winning season and a berth in the FCS playoffs are high on the Bengals’ to-do list. It won’t be easy.

ISU is saddled with a grueling 12-game schedule this season, including a Week-1 bye followed by 12 consecutive contests. Depth and good health, plus consistency and — as always, some luck — all have to be on ISU’s side.

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Katelin King, Jasmine Stohr round out ISU women’s basketball coaching staff

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Idaho State women’s basketball head coach Seton Sobolewski has announced the hiring of Katelin King and Jasmine Stohr as assistant coaches to finalize the coaching staff for the upcoming season.

King has spent the last two years as a graduate assistant coach with the Concordia University Irvine women’s basketball program. King also played collegiately at Cal State Northridge and was a part of two Big West Conference tournament championships, one regular-season championship and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

After medically retiring prior to the start of her senior season, she joined the staff as an undergraduate assistant and was the team’s video coordinator. King graduated with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and received her master’s degree in athletic administration.

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Oscar Winner “Searching for Sugar Man” at ISU Friday

“Searching for Sugar Man” plays Friday, June 28, at 5:15 & 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. This Oscar winner and Sundance Festival winner tells the fascinating story of rock musician Sixto Rodriguez whose music style was compared to Bob Dylan and others of the time. After his debut 1970 album fizzled, the singer disappeared, but a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and over the ensuing decades he became a cultural phenomenon in a land he’d never visited. The tale then takes a twist as two South African fans set out to find out what really happened to their hero. (Rated PG-13) Admission is $3 for the general public, $2 for ISU staff, or free for ISU students with Bengal ID.  For trailer and more information, go to

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Idaho State softball coach Candi Letts won’t return for 5th season

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Idaho State softball coach Candi Letts will not return for a fifth season, the university announced Tuesday. Letts’ contract expires July 15.

“In evaluating the comprehensive state of ISU women’s softball, it is in the best interest of the program to make a change,” Idaho State Director of Athletics Pauline Semons Thiros said in a news release. “We appreciate coach Letts’ passionate investment in the program and wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

In four seasons at ISU, Letts led the Bengals to a 79-111 record (.416) and a 38-38 mark in Big Sky Conference play. Her first season at ISU (2016) was her only campaign with a winning record.

ISU finished as low as seventh and as high as second in the Big Sky standings under Letts, qualifying for the Big Sky Conference tournament three times. This past season, the Bengals finished second in the conference standings but went 0-2 at the conference tournament. ISU reached the conference tournament finals in Letts’ first season.

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AAUP lifts sanctions against ISU

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POCATELLO — An organization that defends academic freedom and shared governance at U.S. universities has removed sanctions that have been in place for more than eight years against Idaho State University.

The American Association of University Professors published a report in May 2011 detailing its decision to issue sanctions, highlighting several concerns about the ISU administration’s dealings with its faculty.

On Saturday, delegates to the 105th annual meeting of the AAUP voted unanimously to lift the sanctions.

“Your cooperative efforts in the spirit of academic shared governance have led to this happy outcome,” Gregory Scholtz, AAUP’s director of the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure and Governance, wrote in a Monday letter to ISU.

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Idaho universities fall short of Title IX standards

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Athletic programs at each of Idaho’s four publicly funded universities fell short of at least one aspect of federal Title IX standards, according to state data.

Data submitted to the Idaho State Board of Education in April shows the universities did not meet standards for equal treatment of athletes, sports participation or proportional scholarship funding during the 2017-18 school year, the Idaho Statesman reported last week.

In April, the Journal reported that the number of female student-athletes at Idaho State University fell 2.9 percent short of meeting the Title IX requirement.

Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in education programs receiving federal dollars.

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Idaho State’s Zack Ekstrom, Kambrie Clark-Wright finish 2019 College National Finals Rodeo

Idaho State University rodeoers Zack Ekstrom and Kambrie Clark-Wright ended their runs at this year’s College National Finals Rodeo.

Ekstrom did not record a score in three team roping go-rounds with partner Zachary Jensen of Utah State. Clark-Wright finished outside the top 20 in barrel racing, clocking a three-go average time of 46.95 seconds. College of Southern Idaho’s Ashtyn Carlson leads the event after three goes.

Panola Junior College leads the men’s team standings with 560 points. McNeese State leads the women’s standings with 310 points. CSI is second with 220 points.

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Movie – “Gloria Bell” at ISU Friday Night

The movie, “Gloria Bell” plays this Friday night, June 14, at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Bengal Theater at the ISU Pond Student Union. Julianne Moore stars as a free spirited woman in this romantic comedy drama, who seeks out love in the dance clubs where she meets a new love interest (John Turturro) that has her exploring her life from a totally new perspective. Admission is $3 for the public, $2 for ISU staff and free for ISU students with Bengal ID. For trailer and more information, go to

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