FROM PULLMAN — This post was going to be longer, I swear. But then our system ate it. Then I wrote the entire thing again. Then the system ate it. So here it is, the third try, and if you're reading it, that means I made it through without flinging my laptop off the balcony like a frisbee. Read on.
For the third time … Yes, college basketball season is finally over, Kentucky ending it with a win over Kansas last night in the national championship game. That also means our Sportslink Reader Challenge has come to an end, as well, with Beiron and Kris White 1 finishing in a tie for first place. That means you're both champions, so congrats. May you enjoy only the finest meats and cheeses on this day. As for my bracket? Don't worry about it. Moving on. … The main story in WSU land is the ongoing legal troubles of Ryan Leaf, which we documented in this story in today's newspaper. CougCenter also has some thoughts. … We also posted a video interview of WSU running back Marcus Mason. … Howie Stalwick gives some love to Abe Lodwick in this column in the Kitsap Sun, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who disagrees with Stalwick's assesment (bet those words have never been written before, eh Howie?)
Elsewhere around the Pac-12 … Washington began spring football practices on Monday, and quarterback Keith Price began them without a knee brace, for the most part. Jerry Brewer says the UW basketball team needs to do a better job of winning with younger talent. … Five questions for Oregon as it begins spring practices this week. Previewing the Ducks' return teams. … Five questions for Oregon State as it begins spring practices this spring. Previewing the Beavers' return teams. … An Arizona walk-on receiver as coaches raving. Or is that ravin'? … Some details on the contract of new Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson. … UCLA's offensive coordinator doesn't want an overcomplicated playbook. Sounds familiar. Five questions as the Bruins begin spring practices. … An unknown Colorado quarterback is making a push for the starting job. … Taking a look at Utah's quarterbacks, one of which deserves some props for what he did last season.
In a new twist, we're going to pass along one link each day that may or may not have anything to do with the Pac-12 or sports at all. This one does, though. It's a simple news story from ESPN.com about the riots — err, celebration — in Lexington last night after Kentucky's win. Never understood why folks feel the need to burn furniture in response to their team winning a sporting event, but, hey, if it floats your boat … you know what, no, it's still not cool. At all.
Also, an alert that we'll be holding our first live chat of the spring at noon on Wednesday. We'll be talking mostly football, but some basketball will be discussed, as well. Drop by if you can. We'll try to do this each week at the same time until the end of spring.
All for now. And I swear, if this thing doesn't post … then I'll probably just write it again.