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Catching up with WSU news


We’re going to do this quickly this morning because we have a lot on our plate today. We will have an exclusive interview for you today that we put together past deadline last night. And then there’s all the other stuff going on at Washington State, from a coaching search to spring football. We have links for you if you read on.


• We posted our spring football story last night, which told you about the injury suffered by linebacker Andy Mattingly among other items. After talking with a lot of people, we learned Mattingly’s arm, even if it’s is bad, should be sufficiently healed to allow him full range of motion by the beginning of spring practice. If you wonder why teams start spring football as early as possible, this is the reason. The longer time you have from the end of the hitting to the beginning of the season is more time for healing if anything untoward happens. … We also had a story on Tony Bennett’s press conference, of which 90 percent had to do with Virginia. We’ll rectify that today, we promise. … There were lot’s of stories about that (as opposed to spring football), including this piece from Bud Withers and this post in the P-I. There were also many stories in the Virginia-area papers, including a Washington Post piece, a column from the Fredricksburg paper, this story from Charlottesville and, finally, a story out of Lynchburg about Richie McKay, who Bennett was able to entice from Liberty to be his main assistant.


• That’s it for this morning. As I said, we’ll have more today. A lot of questions will be answered then. Keep checking. Until then …

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