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A busier Wednesday on the Palouse

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FROM PULLMAN -- There was some more news here yesterday, from C.J. Mizell's dismissal to Ken Bone's teleconference. That -- and our usual Pac-12  roundup -- after the jump.

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We have a short story about Mizell's dismissal here. There's more to his story, of course -- if you ever watched him practice during his freshman year, you know that already -- but Vince did a fine job of summing up Mizell's issues in his blog post yesterday, so we won't rehash them here. Bud Withers also has a take on Mizell here. ... We continued our series of profiles on WSU's assistant football coaches with this look at defensive coordinator Mike Breske. ... Our basketball story will run in Thursday's paper, but we did recap Ken Bone's press conference, as usual. The most significant news is that guard DaVonte Lacy is probable to play Thursday against Oregon State. ... Howie Stalwick leads with the Mizell news in this WSU notebook. ... ESPN.com has a brief post about it, as do a couple other national outlets, but if you've read one of them, you get the gist. ... Former WSU basketball star Steve Puidokas is the Cougars' representative in the Pac-12 Hall of Honor this season. ... That's about all on the WSU front.

Around the Pac-12: Withers breaks down the Pac-12's NCAA tournament prospects. ... Arizona got some good news on the health of guard Jordin Mayes. A top-four conference finish is important to the Wildcats for Pac-12 tournament seeding. Heck, it's important to everyone. ... Arizona State guard Trent Lockett expects to play this week against Utah. ... Colorado is hoping to party like it's 1969. ... The Pac-12 Player of the Year race is as unclear this season as it has been in a while. ... UCLA's Travis Wear is recovering from his ankle injury. The Bruins have struggled to make free throws. ... Garrett Jackson is stepping up during a bleak season for USC. The Trojans lost another football assistant. ... A Stanford player battles back from multiple knee injuries. ... Washington guard Terrence Ross takes his talents back to his home state of Oregon this weekend. Another UW player is making a name for himself. ... Oregon State's Roberto Nelson is featured in a new e-book. ... The Pac-12 is sending 45 players to the NFL combine, though WSU is the only school not represented.

All for now. We're heading to Oregon tonight, but will check in if events merit.

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




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