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FROM PULLMAN -- As another week ends, we take a look at a hometown guy who figures to play a bunch for Washington State this year. We also look elsewhere. Read on.

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Joe Dahl has played most of this spring at left guard with the No. 1 offensive line, so we wrote about the Spokane native in today's newspaper. We also had notes from last night's practice on the blog, as well as our weekly college baseball notebook leading with an item about Jason Monda's transition to pitcher. ... The fine folks over at SWX dug up this old feature on former WSU basketball coach George Raveling, who will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in November. ... Sounds like the USC basketball players involved in that downtown Spokane fight back in March could face charges. ... Longtime Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson, a WSU alum, announced his retirement yesterday. ... Nick Daschel caught up with Raveling, who shared his thoughts on the WSU job.

Around the Pac-12 ... Who saw this coming? The Pac-12's basketball officiating coordinator, Ed Rush, resigned on Thursday. Here's an AP story written after an extensive interview with Rush, who reiterated that his controversial comments were made in jest. You know, I'll admit that reading that story makes me feel a little bad for the guy. It seems pretty obvious he was joking in a very informal way, and it likely never would have been an issue had Sean Miller not been given a technical in the semifinals against UCLA. But perception is perception, and Rush had to go, one way or the other. ... Is Aaron Gordon gambling by attending Arizona? Taking a look at Arizona's tight-end situation. ... An Arizona State linebacker is trying to cope with the loss of his father. ... Another USC player is out with an injury. ... UCLA is trying to firm up its backup quarterback spot. ... Stanford gets some key players back as it resumes spring practices. ... A talented cornerback is emerging for Utah. ... A Colorado basketball player is leaving school a year early. ... Colorado's football team has a lot to work on, but that's especially true for the defensive line. ... A couple of Oregon running backs are ready to step up and carry the load this season. Do Ducks fans really want to get into the "Auburn cheated!" argument? Really? ... Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson is still giving baseball a shot.

A final scheduling note for you: WSU will scrimmage at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Martin Stadium. Practice that day begins at 1:15.

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




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