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FROM PULLMAN -- As we've said in this space recently, this time of year is typically accompanied by a dearth of college football and basketball news. Well, Tuesday was different. Read on for our daily rundown.

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First, a reminder of today's live chat, which will begin right here at 12 p.m. ... In some ways, yesterday felt like the last day of school, with Washington State holding its final practice of the spring. We had this story in today's newspaper taking a look ahead at the summer, as well as this blog post with some more notes from the finale. ... There was also basketball news yesterday. Jordan Railey, a 6-foot-11 center from Iowa State, made it known that he has decided to transfer to WSU. We have a short story and a blog post with some more comments from Railey. And as we noted in the blog post, we likely made a minor error in the newspaper story -- while Railey said he figures he will sign some sort of agreement with WSU in the coming weeks, it's not likely to be an actual national letter of intent. The rule, typically, is one NLI per player, and Railey obviously signed one at Iowa State, meaning what he signs at WSU will probably be a financial aid agreement of some sort. The difference is that a financial aid agreement is not binding, though that shouldn't be a concern here. ... ESPN.com's Pac-12 Blog tabs Marquess Wilson as WSU's most important player (excluding the quarterback position). CougCenter solicits thoughts on the matter. What do you think? ... Howie Stalwick has this WSU notebook in the Kitsap Sun. ... Bud Withers has a column about Pac-12 defenses making the switch to a 3-4 base.

Around the Pac-12 ... An Arizona player is ready to prove himself in the NFL. ... A preview of a behind-the-scenes look at an Arizona State football practice. ... I think the Colts might draft Andrew Luck. ... Auctioning some merchandise at Oregon. But is it fair to the players? ... Jordan Poyer continues his big spring for Oregon State. ... UCLA's quarterback competition gets even more interesting. ... Former USC defensive end Nick Perry prepares for the NFL draft.

This story has absolutely nothing to do with sports, but after reading it last night, I decided it was just too good not to share.

All for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple




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