There’s now an official start time to the 2019 Weber State football season.
The Wildcats’ season opener at San Diego State, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31, will kick off at 7 p.m. MDT, the Aztecs announced Monday.
The contest begins a 12-game schedule for Weber State, which finished the 2018 season ranked No. 6 nationally.
SDSU’s news release said the Weber State game was not picked up by TV partners in initial consideration, indicating it may possibly be picked up later by AT&T SportsNet or Stadium.
It’s the third all-time meeting between the schools but the first in 52 years.
Another payday expected for Lillard
Damian Lillard’s ascension in professional basketball is expected to continue this offseason with a new contract.
The four-time All-Star is all but set to sign a “designated veteran” contract extension this summer, commonly called a “supermax” extension, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Tuesday.
The terms would be four years, $191 million, according to the report.
Voted to the All-NBA First Team last season, Lillard becomes eligible for a supermax extension if he makes one of the three All-NBA teams this season.
That kind of contract — which increases the percentage of a team’s salary cap one player can earn from 30 to 35 — is only possible for a player who has played at least seven seasons, all with the same team, and has been named to All-NBA in two of the last three seasons.
Lillard has two years and $62 million remaining on his current deal. The new deal would put him under contract through 2026 but would likely include player options.
Bolomboy a Euroleague champion
In his first year overseas, former Weber State big man Joel Bolomboy was part of CSKA Moscow’s run to the championship of the Euroleague, widely considered the second-best professional basketball league in the world.
Moscow defeated Anadolu Efes Istanbul 91-83 on Sunday to win the title. Bolomboy grabbed two rebounds in three minutes off the bench during the title game. Former University of Utah and Iowa State standout Will Clyburn won Final Four MVP honors.
Bolomboy left Weber State in 2016 as the all-time leader, for both school and conference, in rebounds (1,312) and the school leader in career blocks (179). He was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round, appearing in 12 games for Utah and, the next season, six games for the Milwaukee Bucks, meanwhile becoming an NBA G League first-team player before leaving to play for CSKA Moscow.
He started five games in Euroleague play, averaging 2.6 points and 2 rebounds per contest. He also averages 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in Moscow’s 20 Russian league games.
Nelson chooses transfer destination
Former Weber State guard Ricky “Doc” Nelson will continue his college career at UT-Rio Grande Valley, he tweeted Monday night.
A native of Houston, Texas, Nelson started six games as a sophomore before a leg injury took him out of the lineup for nearly two months. He dished 102 assists to 42 turnovers and shot 43.2% from the 3-point line in 51 career games at WSU. He confirmed his intention to transfer on April 11.
Nelson will likely sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, and have two seasons to play at UTRGV, located near the southern tip of Texas in the city of Edinburg.