Sports in Brief 8/27
Former Weber State linebacker cut by Carolina Panthers
Just over one month after signing a rookie contract with the Panthers, former Weber State linebacker Anthony Morales was cut on Sunday as part of the team’s process to narrow down their roster for the regular season.
Morales recorded one tackle during the preseason, a solo tackle on New England Patriots running back Jonas Gray in the Panthers’ loss.
Having cleared waivers without being claimed by another NFL team, Morales is now a free agent.
Damian Lillard cover athlete for NBA Live video game
Former Weber State star basketball player Damian Lillard will appear on the cover of the popular video game NBA Live 15. Lillard is the first player out of the Big Sky Conference, as well as the first Portland Trail Blazer, to appear on the cover of a major NBA video game.
Men’s basketball team hires new assistant coach
The Wildcats hired Sheridan College head coach Steve Smiley as an assistant coach to replace former assistant coach Phil Beckner.
Beckner was on the Weber State coaching staff for seven years, before leaving this summer to take an assistant coach position with the D-League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Smiley has spent the last six seasons as head coach of the Sheridan College basketball team. As head coach, Smiley posted a 153-43 record, while leading his team to four North Sub-Region 9 championship titles.
Men’s and women’s cross country teams picked to finish in top three in Big Sky Conference
In the Big Sky preseason coach’s poll, the Weber State women’s cross country team was picked to finish in second place, while the men’s team was picked to finish in third.
The women’s team has won the conference title in each of the last three seasons. This year will be the team’s first year since cross country star Amber Henry Schultz graduated, and they will also be losing the reigning Big Sky individual champion, Summer Harper, who has left to serve a mission for the LDS Church.
The men’s team was picked to finish third, behind Northern Arizona and Southern Utah.