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WSU to play in Hawaii this Christmas


A quick basketball note for you that might affect your Christmas plans. ESPN and the Diamond Head Classic are announcing today the Cougars will fill the eighth and final slot in the field for the Dec. 22 to Dec. 25, 2010 tournament. Hawaii hosts and this year the field will include Butler, Baylor, Florida State, Mississippi State, San Diego and Utah. A pretty darn tough field. As you can imagine, WSU coach Ken Bone is pretty pleased to be invited. UPDATE: We have added a short story on the link along with some football television news.

• Here's the short story ...

PULLMAN – The Washington State Cougars will be spending Christmas in Hawaii this year.

The school announced Tuesday it had accepted an invite to play in the Diamond Head Classic, which starts Dec. 22 and includes games on Dec. 23 and Christmas day.

The basketball tournament, hosted by the University of Hawaii, includes 2009 NCAA tournament finalist Butler, along with participants Baylor and Florida State along with Mississippi State, Utah and the University of San Diego.

WSU hasn't played in Hawaii since 1991, when it participated in the Rainbow Classic.


• The Cougars' football opener at Oklahoma State will be televised by Fox Sports Net, the Big 12 announced Tuesday. Whether that means it will go nationally or just regionally, I'm not sure, but at least it will be on somewhere. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CDT) start on Sept. 4.


• That's it for now. We'll be back. Until then ...

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