TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012, 6 A.M.

Cougs continue practice today


FROM PULLMAN -- Spring practice No. 9 will commence at 3:10 p.m. for Washington State this afternoon. But there are some non-football questions to tend to, as well. Read on.


The biggest news down here yesterday was the Sunday arrest of offensive lineman Denzell Dotson for suspicion of DUI, which we detailed in this short story and blog post. Now, we wait to see how Mike Leach handles it. Will he take a hard-line stance against driving under the influence the same way he did with marijuana possession in the case of Sekope Kaufusi? Or will he view it as a youthful indiscretion punishable by means other than dismissal? We'll see. A WSU spokesman said Monday morning that Dotson was still with the team, and I'd be surprised if we didn't see him on the practice field this afternoon. We'll hear from Leach afterward, one way or the other. ... Some good news for former Cougar Marcus Trufant, who signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks after the team released him nearly a month ago. ... CougCenter analyzes some preseason football projections that don't exactly favor the Cougars. ...

Around the Pac-12 ... That other tight end at Washington is starting to catch up. The Huskies lost an offensive lineman. ... Oregon will scrimmage on Tuesday in front of officials, but not fans, because there might be spies there, or something. Kenjon Barner is ready for his close-up. ... Jared Cunningham made a curious decision to forego his senior season at Oregon State and enter the NBA draft. ... Mike Riley is calling plays for now, but that could change. ... The Ducks picked up a commitment from a JC basketball player. Ernie Kent is a candidate for the Colorado State job. ... Utah's offense is progressing. ... Arizona had perfect timing when it landed this JUCO quarterback. The Wildcats' most recent basketball commitment is a rare local talent. ... Colorado's center is getting a handle on things. ... UCLA will play San Diego State in basketball this season. ... California has a new center this season. ... Some video of Stanford's defensive  coordinator, Derek Mason. ... Fired Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love speaks for the first time (to the media, anyway) since her dismissal. There's a culture change progressing in Tempe.

We'll be back with more after practice, as usual.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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