FROM SALT LAKE CITY — Sounds like it was quite the weather experience on the Palouse yesterday. Wasn't there, but Josh Wright was kind enough to fill in and file a story from WSU's first football practice of the spring. That and more after the jump.
Josh was part of the throng standing outside in the rain, snow and sleet, and he wrote this story taking a look at how things went on Day 1, Season 2. You can watch Mike Leach's post-practice interview — along with Deone Bucannon's and Connor Halliday's — above if you're curious what he had to say about what he saw. … A great story here from Adam Lewis of the Murrow News Service about a WSU student who arranged for the last wish of his best friend to be fulfilled by an NBA superstar.
Around the Pac-12 … Hard to remember a better day for Pac-12 basketball. Each conference team with a game yesterday emerged victorious. The most resounding of those wins might have been little ol' underdog 12th-seeded Oregon, which pounded 5th-seeded Oklahoma State 68-55 in San Jose yesterday. (As an aside, how, erm, annoyed would you be if you were an Oklahoma State fan? Two 8-loss teams from power conferences meeting in the first round? You kidding me?) … California's victory might have been the most unexpected, though surely it was a popular upset pick due to the location of the game. The Bears defended their neutral-home-court, beating 5th-seeded UNLV 64-61 to move on to a second-round game against Syracuse. (As an aside, how, erm, annoyed would you be if you were a UNLV fan? You have a heck of a year in a strong conference and wind up matched against a lower-seeded team you already beat once, but this time just miles from their campus? You kidding me?) … The most unsurprising victory of the Pac-12's day was Arizona's 81-64 romp over No. 11-seed Belmont. The Wildcats felt they had something to prove. (As an aside … ah, forget it.) … Colorado will try to continue the Pac-12's winning trend with a first-round game against Illinois this afternoon (1:40 p.m., TNT). … There's a little more pressure on UCLA to win today against Minnesota (6:57 p.m., truTV). … Arizona State is preparing for a second-round NIT game against Baylor.
All for now.