It's the last day of 2009. It's the first day of the Pac-10 basketball season. As one year ends and a new season begins, it's usually time to look back before looking forward. But 2009 was so bad in so many ways, we'll just forget about it and delve right into today's Pac-10-opening basketball games. Read on.
• Washington State: If we were into looking back, we would probably list, say, five stories like the football team goes 1-11, Tony Bennett leaves to take the Virginia job, baseball makes the NCAA Tournament, so does volleyball and soccer, and Ken Bone is hired as basketball coach, and ask you which one is the top story of the year for WSU fans. But, like I said, I'm not into looking back, especially at a year like the past one. So we're looking forward to the Pac-10 basketball season that starts today. ... We had our short preview of today's game and the upcoming weekend in the paper. We also took a look at the Pac-10 race earlier. ... The Register-Guard's Bob Clark advanced today's game, as did the Oregonian. ... More ink for lone senior Nik Koprivica.
• Around the Pac-10: The Huskies open conference play as the favorites, but even they are wondering if they can win back-to-back titles. ... Everyone is looking forward. Here's another Pac-10 list ... Personally, the most interesting conference game today is in Los Angeles. USC hosts Arizona. Former UA interim coach and designated Lute Olson successor Kevin O'Neill against three players who said they were going to USC then changed their mind. ... After a nonconference schedule they would love to forget, the UCLA Bruins have a chance to open Pac-10 play with a statement, if they can just defeat Arizona State at home. The Devils also see this game, and the conference season, as an opportunity. ... One last note. Did you watch the Humanitarian Bowl yesterday? Was that fun or what? Then did you catch the Holiday Bowl? Talk about the opposite. Awful.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back with some thoughts before the Oregon game. Why don't you share yours between now and then. Until we return …