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Petrino: UI has exceeded expectations

If Idaho's Silver and Gold game on Friday night (7:30, Kibbie Dome) goes as well as the first four weeks of spring practice, Paul Petrino will walk away a happy coach. Asked about where the Vandals are relative to his expectations for the spring, Petrino had this to say on Wednesday evening: “You know what? I think we’re ahead of them. I think we’ve had a better spring than I hoped to (have). I’m happy. We’ve done better than I thought we would at this point. And so, it’s been good. It’s been real good.”

We have the full Q&A that Petrino had with a handful of reporters after a practice that he labeled as “really good.” Read on.

WSU to host Eastern in 2018

From Pullman — Washington State announced on Wednesday that the school will host the Eastern Washington football team for a game on Sept. 15, 2018. The release from the school is below.

Vijil helping train Shock players

Raul Vijil, one of the Shock's all-time greats, isn't grabbing touchdown passes anymore but he still has an important role with the team.

Vijil, now with APX Strength, helps guide Shock players through strength and conditioning drills, often at the conclusion of the team's practices early in the week. He was joined Tuesday by another ex-Shock great, Kevin McCullough, who recently purchased a home near the practice facility.

More on Vijil's role and other Shock notes here.

The changing of the guard continues

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There are some questions that are impossible to answer definitively. Like why the M's are so mediocre year-in and year-out. Or why Pete Carroll is always smiling. Or why kids decide to leave one college for another. Read on.

Spring Practice Report: Day 12

From Pullman — Rain, rain, go away. Today's torrent drove reporters and athletic support staff into the upper bleachers to seek refuge beneath the overhang. Refuge was not to be found. I could go on about the weather but then we'd both be in a stormy mood.

Practice report is after the jump.

Kent lands his first recruit

From Pullman — Multiple recruiting websites are reporting that East Los Angeles CC power forward Aaron Cheatum (6-7, 240) made a verbal commitment to Washington State last night, making him the first recruit for new basketball coach Ernie Kent at WSU.  Assistant coach Greg Graham reportedly took the lead on Cheatum's recruitment.

He joins Tramaine Isabell as the second member of WSU's class of 2014. According to Cougfan.com's Braulio Perez, WSU sophomore guard Que Johnson and Cheatum were AAU teammates in high school.

According to Cheatum he chose the Cougars over scholarship offers from Central Florida, Tulane, Idaho and others. He becomes WSU's 10th scholarship player, meaning Kent has three more spots available should he choose to use them.

Cheatum was a sophomore this past season and will have two seasons of eligibility at WSU as well as a redshirt year available. The 2013 South Coast Conference Player of the Year averaged 15.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Hawks hope Midas touch works with Pryor

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Terrelle Pryor, lined up in the slot receiver position, goes in motion. He receives a handoff from Russell Wilson and it looks as if he's going to pass. But instead he takes off running. Ten yards, 20, 30, 40 and he's run out of bounds at the San Francisco 8. A spike, a few words and … darn, there's the alarm. Time to go to work. Read on.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — It's Spokane Week for the Washington State athletic department and here in Pullman the Cougars have just one week left of spring football. We began the week yesterday with a lunchtime chat. We also had a blog post on Gabe Marks' successful surgery as well as an off day Five Questions segment with Toni Pole. Cougar fans seemed pretty happy yesterday with the news that Bill Moos is no longer looking to make games in Seattle a priority. Last night the news came out that men's basketball coach Ernie Kent landed his first recruit at WSU.

Oregon still doesn't know who its backup quarterback will be … Arizona recruit Stanley Johnson was named California's Mr. Basketball … It was a Bruin who won the Boston Marathon … Cal's new coach has named two assistants.

Bill Moos says no more Pac-12 Seattle games

From Pullman — Washington State has played a Pac-12 opponent in Seattle the past three season with pretty paltry results. The Cougars, hosting some stiff competition, went 0-3 in their home games away from Pullman, losing to Oregon State, No. 2 Oregon and No. 5 Stanford by an average score of 50 to 22 ⅓. 

On Monday Bill Moos announced that the Cougars will no longer host conference foes in Seattle, keeping all Pac-12 home games home, in Pullman. Moos and coach Mike Leach spoke at the Spokane Luncheon on Monday as part of WSU's Spokane Week festivities. According to Cougfan.com, he said:

When I first got here, we didn't have TV money and the Pac-12 money. We needed to build a cash flow. I decided to schedule Oregon State and Oregon games in Seattle becasue we needed the money … That's not the case now, so we're going to reevaluate playing games in Seattle. I think it's served its purpose.

WSU opens the 2014 season in Seattle against Rutgers. 

WSU Receiver tweets surgery successful

Washington State receiver Gabe Marks has been limited this spring with a groin injury and has only participated in a few receiving drills. Yesterday, Marks indicated on Twitter that he had undergone surgery. 

Marks was WSU's most productive receiver last year, leading the team with 74 receptions for 807 yards and seven touchdowns. His receptions total is the second most in WSU single-season history. Marks achieved those impressive totals despite totaling only six catches in WSU's final three regular season games. 

A quiet day after Easter

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Turns out a lot of people had the same idea on Easter. Who would have thought it? Read on.

Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Happy Easter, everybody. I hope you're enjoying your chocolate goodies. We've got some links for you to peruse while the children tear up your neighborhood in the relentless pursuit of multicolored eggs.

Washington State had its first official football scrimmage of spring. Here's our report from WSU's 11th practice and our story from the scrimmage

The Huskies finished off the year with a Spring Game that wasn't … Ted Miller gives his thoughts on Washington's legal troubles and more in his mailbag (sorry Vince) … USC's Spring Game was a cautious affair … The Bruins are ready to feast, with the NCAA's blessing.

Spokane Shock vs. Cleveland

S-R photojournalist Dan Pelle covered the Cleveland Gladiators' win over the Spokane Shock, 52-50, April 19, 2014, in the Spokane Arena. Check out this big picture gallery of his photos!

Shock lose on last play

Losses don't come much tougher than the one Spokane experienced Saturday night.

The Shock scored with 10 seconds left to take a 50-46 lead, but Cleveland connected on arena football's version of the Hail Mary, a desperation heave into the netting at the back of the end zone on the final play to pull out a 52-50 victory.

Thyron Lewis pulled in the game-winning 29-yard pass after the ball had rebounded off the netting.  

My unedited game story is below.

Spring Practice Report: Day 11

From Pullman — Washington State held the first of its three official “scrimmages” on Saturday, running 115 plays at full speed. Each school is allowed 12 contact practices, eight of which may involve tackling. No more than three of those eight tackling sessions can devote more than 50 percent of the practice time to 11-on-11 scrimmages, including the spring game.

Our practice report is after the jump.

Video: Idaho’s Petrino after scrimmage

Idaho didn't run (quite) as many plays, and the offense didn't have quite as many touchdowns. But coach Paul Petrino was pleased after the Vandals' third scrimmage of the spring in the Kibbie Dome. We have video of Petrino's full comments to the media after the jump. We also have an early version of our story and notes on the Vandals' occasionally dominant defensive line.

UI, by the way, ran 143 plays after going through 190 in the first scrimmage and 173 last week. Idaho also had 11 penalties, at least of which one or two were waived off.

Shock clash with unbeaten Gladiators

Spokane concludes a two-game homestand when Cleveland (4-0) visits the Arena tonight.

Here's my game preview.

The well-traveled Kyle Rowley, now with Portland, and the Thunder came up short against San Jose.

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