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Walden’s exit marks a new WSU era


FROM PULLMAN — The news of Jim Walden's departure as a member of WSU's radio team was the main topic of conversation around these parts yesterday. We have our coverage of that below, plus our usual dose of links. Continue reading.

We spoke with Bill Moos yesterday about the Walden news, and wrote this story for today's newspaper. The big news now, then, is that more details on WSU's new radio broadcast format are expected to be announced on Monday. As I mentioned on the blog yesterday, it seems more likely that Walden will be replaced by a couple of different people than simply by one broadcaster, but we'll have to wait and see. … One thing Moos made clear was that play-by-play man Bob Robertson will continue in his current role until he no longer wishes to. And after that, he'll still be around in some form or fashion, Moos said, for as long as he pleases. It sounds as if one of the goals of the new broadcast format will be to have someone on board who can step in for Robertson if that day comes sooner rather than later. … Missed this in yesterday's paper, but Ryan Leaf's arraignment in Great Falls has been delayed. … We linked a story about this yesterday, but just as another illustration of national interest in Mike Leach's endeavors, we'll point out that news of his Friday Night Lights involvement was relayed on Deadspin. … The WSU baseball team took another step toward bolstering its NCAA tournament resume with a 10-4 win over California last night. … Marcus Trufant was one of nine players inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame on Friday.

Around the Pac-12 … Former Arizona guard Josiah Turner will transfer to SMU to play for Larry Brown, as expected. … Oregon reportedly picked up another basketball commitment. … An Oregon State assistant coach will interview for the head job at Brown. … A former California hoopster was voted the NBA's Most Improved player. … More on the migration of Stanford's athletic director to the Big 12's commissioner position. … UCLA is the last team in the Pac-12 still practicing this spring, though the Bruins will wrap things up with their spring game this afternoon, and questions still abound on their offensive line. … A former Utah player earned his degree.

All for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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