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Howell heads back to Tacoma


Eastern Washington assistant basketball coach Carl Howell, who has been in Cheney for the past four years, is leaving to head back to Tacoma Community College.

Howell, who was the head basketball coach at TCC until joining EWU’s staff four years ago, will now be the school’s athletic director.

You can read more about the change – and Rodney Stuckey’s plans – on Dave Trimmer’s blog.


• Halfway through spring practice, new UI coach Robb Akey has seen some good thing and some bad things.

No. 1 on his list of needed improvements: more consistency.

You can read what Akey has to say in Jim Meehan’s story from this morning’s S-R and on his blog.


• CCS split a doubleheader Wednesday with Wenatchee Valley.


• Gonzaga recruit Austin Daye is one of only two West Coast recruits playing in the 35th annual Adidas Derby Festival Basketball Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville on Saturday. The all-star game for college seniors includes recruits from all the top universities.


• Freshman forward Phil Nelson has decided to transfer, more than likely to Portland State.

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