FROM PULLMAN — Practice No. 11 for WSU will be a scrimmage (10 a.m.), with an open house in the club level of Martin Stadium for anyone who wants to stop by. We have links after the jump.
First, some sad news, which I'm sure many of you have already heard. Marv Harshman, who coached for 40 seasons in the Pacific Northwest — 13 of them here in Pullman at Washington State — died yesterday at the age of 95. Harshman stopped coaching after being forced out at UW in 1985 — a move that still irks Huskies fans to this day — but his influence on the players he coached was obvious. I remember a few years back, when I was covering the UW basketball team for the student paper, Lorenzo Romar was asked about his relationship with John Wooden the week the Huskies were heading to Anaheim to play in the Wooden Classic in December of 2009. Anyway, Romar told a story about seeing Wooden in the airport following his official visit to UW as a player, and asking Wooden's advice. The legendary coach told him that if he had the chance to play for Harshman, he'd better take it. Endorsements don't come much stronger than that. Bud Withers remembers Harshman in this column, and we ran this story by Percy Allen in today's newspaper.
… On the blog yesterday, we posted another five-questions segment, this one with receiver Gabe Marks. … Cougfan is reporting that walk-on guard Brett Kingma has left the basketball team, though WSU has yet to officially confirm anything on that end. When I spoke with Ken Bone yesterday, he said he'd met with only four or so of his players and hadn't received any indication that any of them were leaving. But if Kingma has indeed left, it's likely because it became obvious there wouldn't be room to give him a scholarship. That was a goal he hoped to achieve when he agreed to walk-on last season. … Ted Miller writes about Connor Halliday, making mention of his brief standoff with former walk-on receiver Willie Roach (who did not practice again after said scuffle, it should be noted, and is no longer on the team). … Miller and Kevin Gemmell debate whether they buy or sell the notion of WSU winning the Pac-12 North.
Around the Pac-12 … Arizona's football team will face BYU in Glendale in 2016, assuming Notre Dame doesn't back out of the deal. Oh, wait. Wrong school. … Rick Neuheisel thinks Arizona State is a “favorite” in the Pac-12 this season. … California's quarterback position is unsettled. … USC's quarterbacks are looking forward to trying to prove themselves during the Trojans' scrimmage today. … Colorado will play its spring game today. … Bralon Addison is impressing at receiver for Oregon. … Oregon State scrimmaged yesterday.
We'll be back later.