Talk about strange. It’s actually colder here in San Jose than it is in Seattle (yes, I checked). As I write this, it is 41 degrees outside. According to my phone – and really, when is your phone ever wrong? – it is 45 in Seattle. Of course, it’s only 35 in Pullman, but that wouldn’t make my point would it? What’s the point, you ask? Good question. Guess I don’t have one, other than to say no shorts today and we have links for you. Read on.
• Washington State: We put up our notes last night on the , so you probably had a chance to read those. There are also a few more items out there. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick has this notebook in the News Tribune and other papers. … And yes, I did find a Stanford story. The Cardinal are happy to be back home. And why not? They are 4-0 in conference in Maples.
• Around the Pac-10: Expansion talk is still in the air, thought Bud Withers is writing about NCAA tourney expansion today. How does he feel about it? In a word, nowayinhell. … The Huskies get another shot to knock that away-from-home monkey off their back tonight, and it would be a great time for them to do it. Only the top spot in the conference is at stake. If UW is to win, Quincy Pondexter will have a big role in it, as he has for the past year. … In the desert, OSU believes it has a good shot at pulling an upset in Tempe, especially if the Sun Devils continue to struggle with their defense. … Ask coaches on the West Coast about respected assistants, and Mike Dunlap’s name always comes up. After turning down a chance to be the interim head coach at Arizona, he helped Russ Pennell last year. Now he’s at Oregon, helping the Ducks by introducing a zone defense. … The Wildcats’ kids hate the film sessions. … Kevin O’Neill is getting into the spirit of the USC/UCLA rivalry.
• That’s all for this morning. We’ll be back before tonight’s game with an injury update and other thoughts. Until then …