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WSU in the midst of finals

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It's finals week in Pullman (and the senior football players who graduated over the weekend have all said goodbye and left town) so it's kind of quiet and dull. But we did find a few items to pass along. Read on.

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• Washington State: With the days still growing shorter, and my time in this post growing shorter as well, we're trying to get everything ready for the handoff to my successor. Which means today's post doesn't have a lot of Washington State items. But I did think these two pieces are interesting, one on a new assistant coach coming in and one on the most experienced assistant coach, Mike Levenseller, leaving. ... More on coaches leaving their old school to join Mike Leach in Pullman. ... WSU forward Brock Motum was named the Pac-12 player of the week for his performances on the basketball court last week.

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• Around the Pac-12: We're still in awards season, you know, the one right before rushing-around-to-find-the-right-gift season. The conference announced its Morris Trophy winners, USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil and Utah defensive tackle Star Lotuelei. The award goes to the conference's best interior linemen on both sides of the ball. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller points out the conference's best freshmen, which includes Connor Halliday who really only played one game. ... Jon Wilner has some thoughts on the coaching searches and other items. ... Speaking of coaching searches, Utah's Kyle Whittingham seems to be off the table. ... And UCLA's football players weren't getting their money to put food on the table. ... Is there a curse in Tucson? ... USC has a handful of players trying to decide their football future. ... Though Utah's basketball program is in tatters, new coach Larry Krystkowiak stays upbeat. ... Stanford's Justin Bright is upbeat as well. ... Oregon got past Portland State last night, 79-70, in Eugene. ... The Beavers have a player they hope will turn into a Kevin Durant-like athlete. ... Washington's biggest player suffered only a knee sprain against Duke.

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• That's all for this morning. WSU basketball coach Ken Bone holds his weekly conference call today and we'll be back after that. Until then ...




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