Not a lot in the way of links this morning. Now rain, that we've got a lot of. Piles of snow one morning, ice all afternoon and rain the next day. How fun. Anyhow, read on for the few links we do have and a couple of thoughts.
• We start with football, despite it being the early part of January. There's the schedule stuff, with our short (second item) and a piece from the Dallas Morning News. Seems SMU had a home-and-home scheduled with Missouri but that was canceled. Viola, the Cougars have two games, including a winnable home game this fall. Elsewhere on the football front, junior college tight end Peter Tuitupou finally sent in his paperwork – let me tell you, the delay was causing some consternation in the coaches' offices the past couple weeks – and will be on campus next week, starting classes. If, of course, there isn't another foot of snow and classes are canceled for a while. ... By the way, former Idaho coach Nick Holt, who left the Inland Northwest in such a strange way a couple years ago, is UW new defensive coordinator. The Sept. 12 game, when the Huskies host Idaho, should be a little more interesting now.
• OK, on to basketball. Watched practice yesterday and I can tell you there is no end to the lengths WSU is going to solve its offensive woes. In his three years as a head coach, Tony Bennett has already shown a willingness to adapt to his talent, a trait that should serve the team well the next couple weeks. Don't expect the Cougars to stand still, not in the way they attack a defense or in the players who come off the bench. This week is a great opportunity for a Mike Harthun or Abe Lodwick or the like to show he can help on the offensive end, because, if guard at all in practice, it will lead to playing time. ... One other basketball related item. This video clip caught my eye late last night. Some Husky fans are outraged by the incident between Caleb Forrest and Darnell Gant. Let me know what you think. (For some comment, check here.) I can tell you I didn't see this live. When it happened I was in a spot near the court where it was out of my view. Watching the video last night was the first time I knew there was any contact before the technicals. It doesn't seem like too big a deal, but who knows? Anyhow, let me know your thoughts.
• That's it for now. We'll be back this afternoon with the unedited version of our story for tomorrow, which will cover the surprising resurgence of Cal and Stanford. Till then ...