Here in Eugene there is a nightly 30-minute sports report that airs on the local Fox TV affiliate, KLSR TV, branded as Oregon's Fox. It's "Oregon's Sports Report." Right now, the show is on an extended hiatus as the COVID-19 pandemic continues and there's nothing going on with professional, college, high school or any level of sports. The host is saying that when there's something to report, they'll be back on.
Today, there are sports stories to report. It may not be 30 minutes' worth, but these are worth noting.
In Oregon community college sports today, it was announced that Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay has made a couple of coaching moves. Trevor Hoppe, the men's basketball coach for the past 15 seasons, has stepped aside and will take over the school's men's and women's cross country program. Hoppe leaves the men's basketball program as the winningest coach in school history and the longest tenured men's basketball coach at SWOCC.
Taking over the men's basketball program is Riley Grandinetti, who had been the Associate Head Coach for the past five seasons. Grandinetti played for Hoppe from 2011-2013 and was a starting point guard for the Lakers. Grandinetti finished his collegiate playing career at Pacific University where he was a starting guard for the Boxers.
Next, former Marshall University pitcher Dan Straily, who prepped at Pendleton High School and later Thurston High School in Springfield, will be starting on the mound for the Lotte Giants, one of the South Korean professional teams as Opening Night is tonight (Monday). The 31-year-old Straily pitched for six Major League Baseball teams, most recently with the Baltimore Orioles.
Finally, the football world is mourning the passing of one of the all-time great National Football League coaches, Don Shula. Shula, as many of you know, is still the only NFL coach to coach a team to an undefeated regular and postseason as his Miami Dolphins went 17-0 and won the Super Bowl in 1972, defeating the Washington Redskins 14-7. Shula won 347 games in his NFL career. He was 90. God Bless You, Coach.