Andrew Furney to the Jets, Ken Bone to Montana, Klay Thompson to the Timberwolves?

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Thursday was a busy day for former Cougar athletes and coaches, with several finding new homes and one possibly on the move soon.

Andrew Furney didn't get a contract offer following a tryout with the Seahawks in May, but he got a second tryout opportunity with the Jets and took advantage. New York signed Furney on Thursday, adding him to their offseason roster.

Assuming he sticks for the next month, Furney will head to training camp with the Jet to compete with Nick Folk for the kicking job. More than that, Furney will get a chance to showcase his kicking exploits for the rest of the league. Beating Folk doesn't seem very likely considering Folk signed a four-year $12 million deal this offseason. That deal included $2.1 million in guaranteed money, so unless Furney is booming 80-yard field goals and booting kickoffs out of the stadium, the Jets aren't likely to eat that much guaranteed money. Other kicker positions will open up, however, and a strong pre-season would be an excellent audition.

Furney wasn't the only person related to Cougar athletics on the move. Former WSU men's basketball coach Ken Bone is headed to Montana where he will serve as the associate head coach for new Griz head coach Travis DeCuire. Bone, of course, was fired recently following five seasons in Pullman. No matter what you think of Bone's tenure at WSU, his addition to DeCuire's staff is a major coupe for Montana. Bone twice led teams to Big Sky Conference championships and his credentials almost certainly outpace any other Big Sky assistant. The move allows Bone to get back into coaching immediately and can possibly serve as a springboard to another head coaching position down the road.

Bone will be joined on the staff by another familiar WSU face with Marlon Stewart -- former WSU video coordinator -- taking the role as head of basketball operations. Stewart graduated from WSU and served as the video coordinator in 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Klay Thompson isn't on the move yet, but he could be soon. The Warriors are in pursuit of Kevin Love and are now reportedly willing to include Thompson in an offer to Minnesota. The deal isn't imminent, and maybe not even likely, but it's apparently a possibility. Thompson will be a restricted free agent following next season and he is on the path to a major payday, whether it's in Golden State, Minnesota or somewhere else.


Jets Sign K Andrew Furney, P Jacob Schum
The Jets have signed kicker Andrew Furney and punter Jacob Schum. Both participated as non-roster invitees at the full-squad minicamp that concluded today.

Heisman buzz for Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Pac-12 QB depth - ESPN
Here’s what Steele had to say about the Cougs’ QB depth. Last year Connor Halliday set Pac-12 single-season records for completions (449), attempts (714) and passing yards (4,597) while leading the Cougars to their first bowl game since 2003. He also tied a NCAA bowl record with six touchdown passes and had a solid 16-5 TD-INT ratio in his last five games. Now in his third year of head coach Mike Leach's pass-happy offense, he could even top last year's outstanding numbers. His backup Tyler Bruggman (PS No. 29) was highly regarded coming out of high school and Lucas Falk had a solid spring.

Men's basketball:

Klay Thompson the focus of trade talks for Kevin Love, per reports -
The Splash Brothers era may not be for long in Golden State, with the Warriors now reportedly willing to include Klay Thompson in an offer for Kevin Love

DeCuire announces men's basketball coaching staff - - The Official Athletic site of The University of Montana Grizzlies
DeCuire named former Pac-12 and Big Sky Conference head coach Ken Bone as an Associate Head Coach, while current Griz assistant Jono Metzger-Jones will remain at UM, and Chris Cobb rounds out DeCuire's assistant coaching staff. Marlon Stewart was chosen to serve as the Director of Basketball Operations.

Ernie Kent Completes First WSU Day Camp - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Nearly 100 boys and girls between the ages of six and 14 were on hand for Washington State University men’s basketball first-year head coach, Ernie Kent’s, inaugural Day Camp, which ran from June 16 through June 19, 2014, on the Pullman campus.

Women's soccer:

Cougar Soccer Adds Transfer - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State soccer added Gig Harbor, Wash., native Jazmin Jones, Cougar Head Coach Steve Nugent announced, Thursday.

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