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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012, 6 A.M.

Slowing toward summer


FROM PULLMAN -- We're getting to that time of year when things start to slow down around the Pac-12 football and basketball landscape. Sure, the Cougars still have three more practices and a spring game to play. And there are still some basketball recruits who have yet to sign letters of intent. But the news is becoming more and more scant each day. Still, we have links, so read on.


The Cougars are off until tomorrow, with two practices remaining until Saturday's spring game. Today also marks the beginning of Spokane week, a series of football events held in Spokane prior to the spring game at Albi Stadium. To mark the occasion, John Blanchette spoke with former WSU coach Bill Doba, who will break down film of WSU's 2003 Holiday Bowl win over Texas later tonight at Northern Quest Casino, and wrote this column about it. As with any Blanchette production, it's worth your time to read. ... The WSU baseball team beat Utah, 6-0, in the rubber game of its 3-game series at Bailey-Brayton on Sunday. Had planned to be there, but got knocked over by some flu-like symptoms when I woke up and am still a bit wiped. ... CougCenter wonders what you would do if you were athletic director for a day. Me? I'd hire a staff of 30 writers to produce content for the official website. Hey, I'd only be there a day. The budget mess would be left for somebody else.

Around the Pac-12 ... Arizona's "Fab Four" basketball recruiting class will be in Tucson before too long. Clearing up some injury news about a Wildcats safety. ... Colorado's spring practices raised even more questions than already existed. ... Pondering who might be Washington's most important player. Might it be an offensive lineman? ... An Oregon linebacker seems to be heading in the right direction after a troubled start to his career. ... The early arrival of an Oregon State player could pay off soon.

That's all we could find.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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