COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:45 A.M.
It will be another late night for the Washington State Cougars tonight, with their National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal game with Northwestern not slated to tip until after 8 p.m. That, of course, isn't as late as WSU's game with Oklahoma State on Monday, but once again, the visiting fans watching on TV at home will be looking at an after-midnight finish. Fun for them. We have more on the game, the surrounding controversy concerning DeAngelo Casto and spring football. Read on.
UPDATE: We have another story on Casto pleading not guilty and, through his attorney, contesting the legality of the search.
• Washington State: DeAngelo Casto's suspension was explained this morning, as Casto went to the Pullman police station about 10 p.m. Tuesday night and received a citation for possession of marijuana, less than 40 grams, related to the search of apartment early Tuesday morning. Casto would have received the citation at the time of search, according to Pullman Police Commander Chris Tennant, but the officer did not have any tickets with him. "It really came down to a bookkeeping issue as opposed to preferential treatment or anything like that," Tennant said. Casto and the officer made an agreement for Casto to come in the next evening and that's what happened, Tennant added. Given the nature of the citation, this is not that unusual. You can read our full story on Casto's suspension here. ... As for on the court, we had our advance this morning. If you want to watch for one thing tonight, watch John Shurna (and, yes, despite how his name was spelled in a couple west side papers this morning, it's Shurna with an "n") shoot the basketball. When I first saw it, the junior's release brought me back to my high school days when a lot of folks shot that way. Not so much anymore. ... The Chicago Sun Times had this piece. ... Spring football was as active as I've ever seen it yesterday, but that could be partially explained because I was distracted with other items. No, that's not true. The practice pace was different, accelerated from previous sessions. We had this post last night and a story on new d-line coach Todd Howard. ... And that's about it.
• Around the Pac-10: Though there aren't a lot of stories to link this morning, there are a couple of really interesting ones. ... Ben Howland weighs in with his thoughts about coming out early this season, what with the looming NBA lockout, and the advice might be of interest to any player thinking of leaving school early this year. As you probably know, there have been a lot of UCLA players leave early in Howland's tenure and he's usually supportive. This year, not so much. ... The money the Pac-12 looks to pick up from its new television contract might be borderline ridiculous. ... Oregon has a CBI game tonight against Boise State in Eugene. One more win and the Ducks will play in the championship series. ... Arizona will meet Duke once again in the NCAA tournament. There is a history here.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back this evening before the basketball game. Until then ...