It's a big week ahead for the Washington State Cougars in a lot of ways – and in a lot of sports. Basketball has the Arizona schools coming to town, with Arizona State offering a chance to move up the conference standings and Arizona a chance to upset a ranked team. Football is in the home recruiting stretch with coaches on the road early – saw two coaches leaving town Sunday as we were getting back – and players coming in this weekend. For this and more, read on.
• Washington State: Basketball coach Ken Bone meets with the media in Pullman this morning. He has a weekly local call and one with the conference media right afterward. Surely this weekend's suspension of point guard Reggie Moore for his two misdemeanor marijuana citationswill be front and center. It has been debated here quite intently – please and thank you for not making it personal – and is a topic of conversation around the area. But there is also the basketball part of the weekend and not-too-distant future. ... WSU has five of its next seven games at home, with only games at the Oregon schools breaking up the homestand. A handful or more wins in the stretch will keep the Cougars in the Pac-10 race. Less and there is little chance. ... Just to remind you, the signing period for football letters of intent – and a lot of other sports – begins Wednesday, Feb. 2.
• Around the Pac-10: The legal troubles faced by Washington's two Pac-10 basketball teams was the subject of this conference roundup from the Register-Guard's Bob Clark. ... Are the Oregon Ducks a dirty basketball team? Some UCLA Bruins think so... Doug Haller looks ahead to the week, and back at last weekend. ... Finally, ESPN.com's Ted Miller looks back at the top 10 moments of the football season.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back later today with news and notes from Bone's press conferences. Until then ...