It's time to make the transition to basketball. Yep, there is still some football to be done, but the main emphasis from now to the end of the year will be hoop. Read on.
• Washington State: We'll start with, well, football. We didn't see this piece on Mike Leach from Art Thiel yesterday, so we'll pass it along. ... And Bill Moos held a live chat on the Times web site in which the football coach was mentioned quite prominently. ... There are reports out of Lubbock, Texas, that Leach has made some hires for his coaching staff, though they are unconfirmed and not sourced. Chris Level, who runs the Rivals.com site about Tech, is saying Leach has hired former Texas Tech running back Clay McGuire away from East Carolina to be offensive line coach, former Red Raider receiver Eric Morris to coach the inside receivers, former Texas Tech coach Dennis Simmons, who was on Leach's staff for all 10 years, to coach the outside receivers and UCLA's Jim Mastro, who recruited parts of Southern California for the Bruins, as his running backs coach. Again, nothing confirmed but Level is probably well connected in Lubbock. ... As for basketball, the Cougars needed a Reggie Moore jumper with less than a second left to top Idaho, 66-64, down the road in Moscow. We had our story and freelancer Howie Stalwick had this piece in the News Tribune.
• Around the Pac-12: Is the SEC doomed? ESPN.com's Ted Miller passes along this nugget. ... Miller also starts today's coverage of "How the Coaching Search Turns" with this short piece on the lack of direction at UCLA and Arizona State. The Sun Devils had an on-and-off day with June Jones, though in the end they didn't hire the SMU coach. Now the school is getting unwanted national attention and advice and may be looking at a Spokane native – and UW assistant – for the job. ... UCLA, on the other hand, doesn't seem to be going anywhere, though I'm sure whomever the Bruins hire will be their "first choice." ... A sad day in Corvallis, as Oregon State football freshman Fred Thompson dies of an apparent heart attack while playing rec basketball. ... It doesn't look like Andrew Luck will win the Heisman. His season-long excellence probably will be trumped by late-season flash. The American experience in a nutshell. ... So how did the BCS screw up this year? ... That was all football, wasn't it? Here's the hoop links. ... Nevada defeated ASU 69-61 and afterward coach Herb Sendek blasted his team's ball security. ... Arizona dropped a 78-72 overtime decision at Florida. ... Colorado stopped Fresno State 71-64. ... And Utah suffered its worse defeat ever in the Huntsman Center, 81-50 to – and you don't know how much this hurts for me to write this – Cal State Fullerton.
• And that's what I have for you for this morning. We'll be back as events warrant. Until later ...