I had written an entirely different lead-in for this blog post, one that I felt was just the right blend of humor and newsworthy notes. Then I re-read it. The humor wasn’t humorous enough, the news wasn’t newsy enough. So we deleted it. Instead we can offer you links and a couple thoughts, so read on.
• Washington State: Yesterday was Ken Bone’s day to meet with the media – he also had his last Tuesday night radio show of the season – and we shared his thoughts with you on this post. … We put together our a college baseball notebook – that’s part of our charge now – which leads with WSU’s fast start. … The Cougars’ basketball opponent Thursday night, the Oregon State Beavers, decided head coach Craig Robinson is too important to lose, so they extended his contract. Robinson has agreed to the extension, but has yet to sign it. Doesn’t matter, though. As we all know, if a coach wants to leave and a school wants him badly enough, contracts don’t change that. … Speaking of the Beavers, freshman Joe Burton is getting more playing time. He’s not only a big man, he’s also “a big deal for the (Soboba) tribe. … I’m showing other kids that you can do it, that you can get out,” Burton said.
• Around the Pac-10: The Seattle Times’ Bud Withers – I guess we have to call him “Hall of Famer Bud Withers” after yesterday’s announcement – thinks Cal’s Mike Montgomery might also be a Hall of Fame candidate. … The San Francisco Chronicle’s Vittorio Tafur writes what I said on the Dennis Patchin show yesterday. There is no way UCLA AD Dan Guerrero is going to let just one Pac-10 team in the tourney. … Cal is in, unless the Bears fall apart this weekend at Stanford and lose big, but that’s not going to happen to the regular-season champs. … Arizona won’t have one of its better defenders when it plays the LA schools. … The Trojans seem to be worn out. … UCLA finally figured out a way to move Malcolm Lee off the point and it paid dividends. … Finally, UW Matthew Bryan-Amaning is starting to emerge as a force inside, when the guards give him the ball.
• That’s all for today. We’ll be back if news warrants. Until then …