Advertise Here


WSU at home in Hardwood Classic


When I awoke this morning and looked out the window I thought I was still in Pullman. There was quite a bit of ice on the car, something I wasn't expecting in Bellevue. Talk about feeling at home. Read on.


• Washington State: The Cougars should feel at home inside KeyArena tonight when they host Pepperdine. This is a perfect matchup for the final game before conference, a team that is competitive – but still a 13-point underdog – at a venue that should be hopping. We have an advance in today's S-R as does Bud Withers of the Seattle Times and freelancer Howie Stalwick in the News Tribune. If you are coming to tonight's game, WSU and Pepperdine alumni will be collecting Toys for Tots donations as you enter. … There is some football news, with new WSU coach Mike Leach reeling in three recruiting commitments, one each from Florida, Texas and California. There have been a handful of players who were committed to WSU change their minds as well. … We also covered the details from the agreement he signed with WSU, the forerunner to his contract. We had a link in yesterday's post to the letter. … There is some movement in Texas concerning Leach's legal battle over his dismissal.

• UPDATE: This would have been up a bit sooner but I was doing some Christmas shopping. Anyhow, WSU has a bit more money to spend on the football stadium after getting this $3 million gift. How about a little something for the retiring Cougar beat writer, huh?


• Around the Pac-12: There is another Pac-12 team in action today in Seattle, with Washington hosting Cal State Northridge, hoping the return of big man Aziz N'Diaye will help the defense. … There were a couple conference games last night, headlined by Arizona State blowing a second-half lead and losing at home to Fresno State, 68-65. … Also, Oregon State will take a 10-2 record into conference play after defeating winless Chicago State, 92-66, in the Windy City. … And Oregon barely got past Prairie View A&M at home, 74-66. … USC will host Kansas tonight, hoping to give the conference a rare win over a ranked team this season. … Arizona State's football team will try to send coach Dennis Erickson out with a win tonight against Boise State in Las Vegas. … Oregon State is still dealing with the sorrow of Fred Thompson's death. … Utah loses offensive coordinator Norm Chow after just one year. … Oregon will give its football players time off until after Christmas. … Jim Mora says he'll change the UCLA practice of skipping a practice. … Big day for USC. Matt Barkley is going to announce his NFL decision. Safety T.J. McDonald said yesterday he's coming back.


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back before tonight's game with some thoughts. Until then …

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to SportsLink

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.


Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on SportsLink.


Jim Allen (@srjimallen) Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jim

Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpe) Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jacob

Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Chris

John Blanchette (@SRjblanchette) John Blanchette is a freelance writer who covers the University of Idaho football team and men's basketball team.

Recent work by John

Vince Grippi is the online producer for SportsLink, a product of The Spokesman-Review.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here