With basketball season over – except for some important news – and spring football in full swing around the Pac-12, we've decided to return to our old morning format. We'll try to have something from every school, at least for a while. Read on.
• Washington State: We followed up on the Cougars' season-ending loss to Wichita State with this look at WSU of the future. Actually, the Cougars of next year. And we examined the next month or so in the life of Klay Thompson and DeAngelo Casto. ... Speaking of Wichita State, the Shockers play Alabama tonight for the NIT title. ... Former Cougar Kyle Weaver is back in the NBA, earning a 10-day contract with the injury addled Utah Jazz.
• Around the Pac-12: My favorite piece of the day is from Jon Wilner in San Jose. He examines the upcoming media-rights negotiations for the conference. ... Bud Withers wants to know why it's so tough for schools in Washington to reach the Final Four. ... Washington: In case Twitter was down for you yesterday and you didn't get your pass-by-pass updates on Jake Locker's pro day, you can catch up here. ... Oregon State: Spring football is underway in Corvallis. ... Oregon: The Ducks will play a winner-take-all game for the CBI title in Eugene on Friday. Oregon hammered Creighton 71-58. ... Colorado: Like WSU, the Buffs wonder if their best basketball player will return next season. ... Utah: The Utes have a two-sport player at quarterback. Wonder if Jeff Tuel will get any ideas? ... California: As usual, the Bears' news is hard to find. ... Stanford: Same with the Cardinal. ... USC: One Trojan lineman will be at the NFL draft. ... UCLA: This is a bit old, but the quarterback battle is worth watching this spring. ... Arizona State: The Devils have a new defensive line coach. ... Arizona: Derrick Williams better get a bigger apartment. He needs a room for all his awards.
• That's it for this morning. We're headed back to the Inland Northwest today and will be at the Cougars' scrimmage on Saturday. We'll pass on anything we hear about today's practice. Until later ...