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What’s next for college athletics?


COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:15 A.M.; 2:15 P.M.

It’s a big Tuesday for college athletics. Not so much for what goes on today out on the fields and the courts. No, today is big because of what might go on in Arizona. The BCS commissioners are getting together with conference expansion the No. 1 issue. Could this be the first giant step toward super conferences? For more on that, and Washington State sports, read on.

• UPDATE NO. 2: Just got word that today’s spring practice has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday morning at 6 a.m. With the number of players sick (if you read yesterday’s post you know a few linemen were out with illness) and those who miss for class, coach Paul Wulff decided to put off today’s workout and reschedule. My guess is either the weather is too nice for a spring practice (no hail in the forecast) or it’s because John Blanchette made the trip down from Spokane to watch or because, if they practice Monday, I’m on vacation. Anyhow, Thursday’s practice is still on as is Saturday’s final scrimmage. We’ll have an afternoon post later.


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• Because I teased it up above, we’ll start with a couple stories on the BCS – boy, do I want to type that without the middle letter – meetings. The New York Times’ Pete Thamel – boy, does Tony Kornheiser dislike this guy – has a piece that looks at the possible ramifications from the Eastern point of view while the Los Angeles Times’ Chris Dufresne – boy, have I know him for a long time – has a story with a West Coast bent. That should about cover it for you. … There is as much Washington State news in one day as I’ve seen the past few weeks, what with our coverage of Monday’s early morning practice, from yesterday’s blog post to our story in today’s paper. … We covered the newest Cougar basketball recruit with this story. … The News Tribune also has a story on Andre Winston, Jr., heading to WSU. As late signees go, this could be one of WSU’s best ever. … Dave Boling has this to say about Ryan Leaf’s recent conversations. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick checks in with a short piece on WSU’s athletic finances. We’ll be looking at this a bit when we get closer to the end of the fiscal year this summer and there are more definite numbers. … A couple notes from around the Pac-10, with Lorenzo Romar signing a long contract extension with Washington and a couple of players UCLA pried away from USC seeming to shine.

• UPDATE: Portland State University just announced former Cougar guard Michael Harthun has decided to transfer to the school. Seems like a good fit for a player from Oregon who wants the opportunity to play. You can read the school’s release here.

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• That’s all for this morning. We’ll return after football practice with a look at where the offense has progressed this spring. Until then …


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