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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5, 2011, 7:48 P.M.

More on WSU’s Moore and the weekend

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OK, we have more on the Reggie Moore situation – bottom line, he hasn't been suspended for tomorrow's game with Oregon State – and a preview of the upcoming weekend. Both are on the link, so read on.

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• We'll start with Moore, because his situation is the most immediate. WSU coach Ken Bone released a statement tonight that reads in its entirety: "This is a team matter that we take very seriously. We initially learned about this incident Dec. 12, and at this time we have dealt with, and are still dealing with the issue. We will take further appropriate action if necessary." It's obvious from that Moore will play tomorrow night. There were rumors Moore's dorm room was searched on Dec. 11, but when we tried to learn if the rumors were true or not, no one would say before the holidays whether Moore was the person involved with the Scott Hall search that showed up on the WSU police report from that night. Then today this showed up on WSU's police log: "Arrested Reginald K. Moore 11/28/89 Via Whitman County Prosecutor's summons for offenses committed on or about 12/11/10 for Possession of Marijuana Less Than 40 Grams and Use of Drug Paraphernalia." In trying to find out if Moore was actually arrested – if you're thinking handcuffs and a car ride, no that didn't happen – on Tuesday, I heard he was as surprised as anyone to hear this was on the police blotter. I would guess he was waiting to hear from the prosecutor's office. As for the basketball part of it, Bone's statement seems to indicate Moore was punished right after his room was searched but does not say what that punishment was. The next time the Cougars played, Dec. 18 at Santa Clara, Moore did not start. Whether that had anything to do with this would just be speculation, because Bone didn't mention anything at the time. ... I wanted to clarify two things. There is no way this rises to the level of the arrests in the fall. Those were felony distribution charges. The misdemeanors Moore were charged with could be as little as a small pipe with residue and a little dope in it. As I understand it, the law makes no distinction between 39.5 grams and .1 grams if it's for personal use. And Michael Harthun was not banished for his freshman year problems. He was suspended fro three games, finished out the year and then played his sophomore season before deciding to transfer. ... You can find my story on Moore's situation here. ... Ironically enough, it was Moore I talked with this morning concerning the crucial nature of this weekend's games. At that time, I had no idea of the charges (and it seems like now neither did Moore). It is a crucial weekend for the Cougars and this probably won't help. ... You can read that story here as well.

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• That's it for tonight. And I thought I was going to have a simple afternoon. Oh well. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...




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