Haven't seen this many stories to link since the middle of the basketball season. Instead of wasting your time with inane chatter, let's get right to it. Read on.
• The biggest news, of course, is Ken Bone and WSU agreeing on a seven-year contract. We covered that in this story, along with the news concerning Fabian Boeke and Charlie Enquist. Here's Bud Wither's story in the Times and the Associated Press piece. ... Staying in the basketball galaxy, here's some news most of you will find interesting. Dave Libbey, the official nearly every college basketball coach on the West Coast wanted to see when they walked into an opponents gym, retired and accepted a job as the West Coast Conference's coordinator of officials. ... Back to WSU. Our John Blanchette has written a couple of features on Cougar track athletes in the past two days, including this one on senior steeplechaser Sara Trane and today's piece on sprinter Justin Woods, which leads Blanchette's college track roundup. ... Injured Cougar football player Cory Mackay is on the road to recovery, having been moved from his post-surgery unit to a rehabilitation floor. ... Now let's switch gears to two Pac-10 schools having problems. At USC, the latest NCAA-violation allegations about Tim Floyd, O.J. Mayo and $1,000 is still stirring the pot and putting the Trojans on the hot seat. The Times' Jerry Brewer examined the school's situation this morning and Buster Sports Nick Daschel had this to say about the school's problems. ... At the University of Washington, the Huskies have announced their athletic budget cuts (WSU is still working on its final decision, but up to $1.4 million might have to be cut), which makes the decision to pull out of the Apple Cup deal even more eyebrow-raising. Then you read Art Thiel's column today and discover a story that appeared in the S-R "apparently was decisive in derailing the idea." Woodard goes on to say he wanted a 60-40 ticket split every other year. "You split the (67,000) seats down the middle, and I'm potentially telling 8,000 season-ticket holders, 'You're out of luck,'" he told Thiel. "I don't want that kind of alienation." But if you split the tickets 50-50 every year, aren't as many season-ticket holders getting to see the game in each two-year period as would have the opportunity in a 60-40, 40-60 arrangement? Or is my math wrong? ... Finally, Daschel wonders if the Pac-10 will fail to fulfill its bowl obligations again this fall, just as it did last season.
• That's it for this morning. I'm changing gears for the next few days, working on stories for our upcoming Hoopfest special section and covering high school sports. We'll be back with WSU news if it warrants. Until then …