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A quiet morning at WSU

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There's a reason we rarely tweet about upcoming radio interviews and the like. You just never know if it's going to work out. Take today for instance. We were supposed to be on a Seattle station at 7:30 a.m. If we had tweeted that information last night, at least two of you would have tried to listen. But we weren't on. They ran out of time (priorities, right?). So those two poor guys would have been disappointed. And we don't like to disappoint our readers (more than we already do with our writing). By the way, does anyone think we'll ever say yes again? Have we mentioned we're Sicilian? But, oh well, it is no big deal. We'll just move on to all the basketball news from Washington State and the football information from around the conference. Read on.


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• Washington State: The big news last night, of course, was Reggie Moore's problems with the law. We had some more thoughts last night. … The Lewiston Tribune's Ryan Collingwood had a story as did the Tacoma News Tribune. … CougCenter had this post about Moore last night, with the discussion getting quite interesting. … Moving on to tonight's game, which both Moore and coach Ken Bone told me yesterday was crucial in the Cougars' season (and they practiced like that was the case Wednesday), we had this piece, which also looks at Moore's travails with his wrist (this is the first time, I believe, he really admitted the wrist is bothering him some) and a deep divide in WSU's long-range shooting at home and on the road (and yes, I know the home sample size is quite small). … And that's it.

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• Around the Pac-10: The biggest news around the conference yesterday came out of Seattle, where the favored Huskies lost point guard Abdul Gaddy for the season to an ACL injury. It's always sad when a college kid loses a year to an injury, no matter who it is. We feel for him. He was having the type of year (averaging 8.5 points and 3.8 assists per game with a Pac-10-leading 3.1 assists-to-turnover ratio) most people expected him to have last season, when he struggled. Now comes the day-after question. How does this affect UW, which was playing so well? That might start coming to light tonight, when the Huskies host the Oregon Ducks. … Defending champion Cal is not only losing games (check out the conference standings here), the Bears are losing players, with highly recruited point guard Gary Franklin telling coach Mike Montgomery he will transfer. The Bears head for Arizona this weekend and hope to ride the broad back of Harper Kamp to victory over Arizona tonight. … The Wildcats have their own goal: They want to bring the magic back to McKale. Playing Cal is a good way to start. … Arizona State is struggling as well and coach Herb Sendek is trying to figure out how to right the ship. … A couple freshmen are having trouble finding playing time at USC. … OK, that's it for hoop. Football, you now have the floor. … Jim Harbaugh spent six hours with the 49ers yesterday, which is the best indication yet he's really serious about joining brother John in the NFL. … Oregon's success began in failure (as it usually does). … The Register-Guard's George Schroeder writes what many of us think: There is no way Cam Newton didn't know what his dad was doing. … Finally, Oregon State's James Rodgers was granted another year of eligibility due to his knee injury.

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• That's it for this morning. There's a home basketball game tonight – it's been almost a month since I typed those words – and we'll be there. The big question is how many students will join us? After all, school doesn't start until Monday. And how will they react to Moore? We'll let you know. Until then …


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