Some odds-and-ends to kick off your Thursday – it is Thursday, isn’t it? – morning, with items reaching from Pullman to Orlando. An eclectic mix if there ever was one.
• We’ll start with our short piece on DeAngelo Casto’s fate, also covered by freelancer Howie Stalwick on Cougfan. … We’ll stay with basketball and pass along news I’m sure you already know: Star forward Terrence Jones of Portland reneged on his verbal commitment with UW and signed a financial aid agreement with Kentucky. The Jefferson High star didn’t sign a letter of intent, though, so if coach John Calipari decides to team with LeBron James in New Jersey, Jones can become a free agent again without going through a bunch of hoops. Got to love commitments. As Dennis Erickson says, commitments are like engagements. Nothing’s official until someone says “I do.” … By the way, the letter of intent deadline passed yesterday with no more announcements from Washington State. Next year’s class will include three players, two freshmen – Ephrata’s Patrick Simon and Lakes’ Andre Winston – and JC transfer Faisal Aden. All of them can put the ball in the basket. … Switching gears to football, Jim Moore writes about offensive lineman Wade Jacobson in today’s P-I. When I first talked with Jacobson as spring football was beginning, it was obvious in a just a few seconds he was going to be a media darling. He is. … And we’ll leave you with this short from the Orlando Sentinel about Paul Wulff’s status, as if someone 3,000 miles away would know. Check out the list of coaches on the “hot seat” that begins the piece. They all may be in trouble, but they’ve won a few games over the years.
• That’s it for this morning. Until later …