Good morning from the Palouse. We have about 1.7 million links – but a lot less notes than we intended – to get to, so let's move. Read on.
• Washington State: Before we get to the links, I have to apologize. I transcribed my quotes yesterday after the game and saved a bunch for this post. Except, in the process of sending the story to the paper – it has to be saved in a different format – I somehow deleted them (I know how, but it's really stupid so I'm not going to tell you). And I'm not going through them again this morning. Sorry. The best quote left out of the story was Ken Bone's comment about Klay Thompson's apology. “It's something that he wanted to do,” Bone said. “I, and we as a team, are proud of the fact that he said what he said to the crowd.” But there were more. … Anyhow, let's get to the links. … We had some notes last night and our game story. … From Los Angeles, there are a couple stories, one from the LA Times and this Daily News piece. … The Times' T.J. Simers wrote about Mychal Thompson's reaction to his son's incident. … We had a feature on the three Florida high school kids who are at WSU now and more on spring football here. … Bud Withers wrote about the Florida trio as well.
• Around the Pac-10: The pairings in the Pac-10 tournament are set. WSU, of course, plays Washington – and would have even if the Cougars had won, thanks to USC and Cal's wins. … Arizona sits atop the league standings in Sean Miller's second season, after the Wildcats held off Oregon 90-82. Joevan Catron got to 1,000 points in his career for the Ducks. … USC, after playing so poorly in Pullman, didn't in Seattle, handing the Huskies a 62-60 defeat. As the score indicates, the game was played at the Trojans' pace. … California, which won the conference a year ago but lost the core of its team to graduation, still finished tied for fourth after pounding Stanford, 74-55. … Oregon State had six players available Saturday after coach Craig Robinson suspended the rest for missing curfew. As could be expected, Arizona State ran away in the second half, 80-66.
• That's all for this morning. Spring football starts Monday and we'll be there. There are also basketball interviews to do, so we'll be there as well. Until later …