Wait a second, you may be thinking. Gonzaga guard Demetri Goodson plays football? Or wants to? Does Gonzaga even have football? What's going on here?
Let's start from the top.
Before we knew Demetri Goodson as a solid if unspectacular starting guard for the Gonzaga Bulldogs -- Goodson started 68 of 69 games in his past two (sophomore and junior) seasons -- the Texas native received an offer to play football at Arizona State despite having given up the sport during his sophomore year of high school. Goodson turned that offer down and committed to play basketball at Gonzaga instead.
That would have seemingly been the end of Goodson's footballing career. Alas, after three years of hoops, Gonzaga coach Mark Few told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that Goodson has the pigskin itch again -- Brett Favre can relate -- and will be leaving the Zags to pursue that talent:
“I’m proud to be associated with him,” Few said. “He’s a tough kid, a great teammate and from a coaching standpoint, day in and day out at practice he gave everything he had and in games, too. That’s a great quality. He gave it a good run up here, but his heart is kind of set on this. I just want him to graduate, and he’s in great shape to do that and then he’ll be in great position for the rest of his life.”
According to the Spokesman-Review's Jim Meehan, Goodson is likely to end up at a college in his home state. It could be Texas A&M, where his older brother, Mike, played running back. It could also be Texas State, which is coached by former A&M coach Dennis Franchione. Because Gonzaga doesn't offer football, Goodson should have two years of eligibility remaining.
Wherever he lands, one thing is certain: Demetri Goodson is attempting to pull off a remarkable two-sport feat. Unless you're a Gonzaga fan -- and, yeah, tough day for Gonzaga fans, and for the Zags' backcourt in general -- you may question the wisdom of the switch, but you can't question the courage behind it.