There’s not so much in the way of breaking news today, but there is some interesting items. One of which we’ll even do some speculating about here with your morning dose of Washington State links. Read on.
• We’ll save the speculation for last, so let’s … wait, what am I thinking? You guys want the speculation first, right? OK, here it is. There was news out of Eugene yesterday, with wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad granted his release from the University of Oregon football team. Most of you will remember Pflugrad thanks to his dad Robin, who was a Cougar assistant for years and was recently let go by new Oregon coach Chip Kelley. Me, I remember Aaron from one play at Pullman High, in the State 2A title game against Archbishop Murphy. Pflugrad took a simple short pass from quarterback J.T. Levenseller (name sound familiar?) and turned it into a darting, weaving, state-title-winning touchdown. Those two were so close that when the elder Pflugrad moved on to Eugene prior to Aaron’s senior year, J.T. offered the Levenseller home as a way to keep Aaron in Pullman. So now comes the speculation. Though Robin did some volunteer coaching at Montana this spring, there would be no more perfect place for Aaron than WSU. With a redshirt year still available, Pflugrad would have two years of eligibility. My educated guess is dad will be calling the Cougar offices if he hasn’t already. Of course, there could be a problem making a scholarship available, because WSU did try to fill its plate with initial offerings this year, but there is always a way to work these things out. … OK, enough of such idle speculation. Now on to meat and potatoes. The P-I’s Jim Moore, who has eaten his share of meat and potatoes over the years, offers this column about Jason Gesser’s new job and his future. … The Times’ Bud Withers examines the spring practices of Pac-10 teams. … Mining the same vein, ESPN’s Ted Miller looks at the best of spring ball in the conference and does a post-spring power ranking. … Finally, Buster Sports’ Nick Daschel thinks scoring will be down in the conference.
• That’s it for today. Had a good time – if by good time you mean walking six miles while being pelted by hail, rain and wind; just kidding, it was fun – covering 4A District 8 high school golf yesterday, the boys’ side won by future WSU golfer Hank Frame. We’ll be back with WSU news if it warrants. Until then …