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It's Sunday in the Northwest and it may just be the most beautiful day of the year thus far. Days like these are the reason most of us live here. That and our jobs. And our families. And the mortgage. Anyhow, it's another perfect day in paradise. And another day in Washington State's basketball coaching search. Is this the final day? Probably not, but it could be. There was talk, from athletic director Jim Sterk the night Tony Bennett left, that he would like to have a new coach in place in a week, two at the most. It will be a week at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Read on for links.
UPDATE: Just a heads up that we've been working on a story for tomorrow's S-R and don't want to post it until we're sure there won't be any more changes tonight. We'll get it up when we can.
• We have our story on the search from this morning – and if you're more interested in football, this piece on Marshall Lobbestael and his rehab from major knee trauma. ... We also found a few more items on the basketball search, with this story and column from Birmingham on Mike Davis' interest (see below for more on this). ... Bud Withers of the Times has this story, which mentions Ken Bone will interview today. ... And, finally, this Wisconsin writer thinks Bennett will win in Virginia.
On the Mike Davis front, I talked with a friend of his last night and he believes Davis would make an excellent choice at WSU. His personality would allow him to fit in with the Pullman community and his style would work with the players here and the incoming ones. The positive nature of the conversation surprised me, only because I had heard the stories of Davis' tough years at Indiana and I had also heard about his hatred of flying, which is also discussed in the column I linked above. According to Davis' buddy, he isn't the person he's been portrayed to be and as for the flying problem, Davis can overcome that. ... All that being said, after talking with many people with a least a passing knowledge of the search, Portland State's Ken Bone went into the interview process as the frontrunner. We'll see if he comes out of it with the same distinction.
• That's it for now. We'll be back as events warrant. Until then …