COUGARS • UPDATED: 10 A.M.
Sorry for the late post, but we were out on Rogers Field by 6:30 this morning to cover practice. The early time came about because Monday are off days in the spring so quite a few players signed up for Monday/Wednesday afternoon classes. To keep that disruption to a minimum when a Monday practice was called, the decision was made to start early enough so that everyone could get to class on time. With the early start, there was no chance for a post. We have it now, though, so read on.
• UPDATE: WSU has signed guard Andre Winston of Lakes High to a Financial Aid Agreement, which means the 6-foot-1 point guard has agreed to enter the school this fall. Winston had already signed a letter of intent (with James Madison, who let him out of it), so he could not sign another. Winston averaged 20.8 points and 3.6 assists for the Lancers, helping them to a 23-5 record and a third-place finish in the State 3A Tournament. He was named co-3A player of the year (with Enumclaw's Riley Carel) by the Associated Press. More recently, Winston scored 24 points to lead Washington to a win over Oregon in the Northwest Shootout last Saturday. "(Andre) is a quick point guard with the ability to score baskets, but at the same time can see the floor and is unselfish," WSU coach Ken Bone said. Winston should have a chance to play right away behind Reggie Moore as last season's backup point guard, Xavier Thames, decided to transfer.
• We'll put our practice report up in a about 90 minutes, but before then I thought we would catch up with some links from over the weekend and this morning. ... As you all probably know, the Cougars open the 2010 football season Sept. 4 at Oklahoma State. The Cowboys finished spring practice – their workouts are closed, so there was very little available during the bulk of the time – Saturday with their spring game. You can read about the results here. If you have a Scout.com subscription, you can click this link and see a two deep, but it is a pay site. ... What else happened over the weekend? Well, Missouri's Mike Anderson turned down Oregon, so the basketball coach search is still going on. ... And former Cougar receiver Johnny Forzani was declared eligible for the CFL supplemental draft. The story says he is in LA, but I swear I saw him in Pullman last night. ... One last link, from Arizona. It's Greg Hansen's column on one-and-down players. Interesting.
• That's it for this morning. As I said, check back in 90 minutes to two hours for our practice report. Until then ...