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Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Today got a lot more interesting with the news yesterday that a pair of players will transfer from the Washington State men's basketball program. Their open scholarships, along with that of signee Jermaine Morgan who will be released from his National Letter of Intent, mean that WSU could sign as many as four players in the late signing period, which runs from today until May 21.

The football team practiced yesterday and we have a practice report and a story on Sebastian LaRue's transition to cornerback. We also put up a Q&A with strength coach Jason Loscalzo this weekend. The baseball team beat Gonzaga in Spokane and Chris Derrick was on hand to write the recap … Cal has found its new men's basketball coach … The NCAA has agreed to let athletes have unlimited meals … The Ducks have been moving at an unusually slow pace.

Join us at 11 a.m. for a live WSU chat.

Roster turnover at WSU

From Pullman — Royce Woolridge and James Hunter will transfer from the Washington State University basketball program, the school announced on Tuesday. Additionally, signee Jermaine Morgan has been released from his National Letter of Intent and will not enroll at WSU.

Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — If you can make it out to Martin Stadium today you'll have a chance to watch Washington State's first football scrimmage of the spring. More on that here. The team got a new addition yesterday when former Boise State running back Aaron Baltazar announced he was transferring to WSU.

Washington's freshman point guard is seriously considering whether or not to turn pro … Arizona State is trying to put a positive spin on a new fee for students … UCLA's record number of basketball championships could be in jeopardy.

Also, Todd, the winner of our tournament challenge, has made his email on Yahoo! private. Please contact me Todd so we can get you your prize or we'll have to move to the next highest scorer.

Get to know Ernie Kent

If you're in Spokane tomorrow, April 9, and would like to get to know WSU's new men's basketball coach drop by the Davenport Hotel in Downtown Spokane from 7-8:30 p.m. for a free reception. It sounds like there will be some food provided, but make sure to RSVP here.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — We have a new champions in college basketball, and it's Todd, winner of our tournament bracket challenge. Todd finished with 79 points and 40 correct picks. Congratulations, Todd, I'll reach out to you on Yahoo about your prize information but if for some reason I can't get ahold of you, shoot me an email at jacobt@spokesman.com.

The rest of you will have to settle for some links as a consolation prize.

- This weekend we had a spring WSU Football chat and continued our 5 Questions segment with cornerback Marcellus Pippins.

- The WSU baseball team moved to 6-3 in Pac-12 play with a series sweep of California.

- Andrew Crookston takes a look at what unionization could mean for WSU.

- Arizona is still waiting for a quarterback to take control.

- Oregon senior point guard Johnathan Loyd has joined the football team.

- Although other positions are in flux, Washington should be set along the defensive line.

Spring WSU football chat

 

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Thursday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Lot of news following a lengthy introductory press conference for new Washington State men's basketball coach Ernie Kent.

  • Here's our story on WSU's buzzy hire.
  • We've got some reaction from WSU signee Tramaine Isabell.
  • Here's some video, notes and quotes from the press conference.
  • Here's Bud Withers' on the column from the presser.
  • And here is one from SportsPressNW's Howie Stalwick.
  • And in football news here are five questions with Sebastian LaRue.

Tramaine Isabell waiting on uncertain future

From Pullman — While the excitement of a new basketball coach had Washington State students in a tizzy this afternoon, it's been a bitter few weeks for WSU signee Tramaine Isabell. The point guard out of Garfield high school in Seattle committed to coach Ken Bone originally and signed a National Letter of Intent in the fall.

More after the jump.

 

Video: Ernie Kent introductory press conference

Ernie Kent was introduced to the media today. We've got a lengthy story for tomorrow's paper but here are some addition details:

  • Kent's contract will be for five years at $1.4 million per year. It begins with a $2 million buyout, which “dwindles” in each subsequent year. At the end of each year athletic director Bill Moos will have the option of adding an additional year.
  • Moos added that he doesn't always add the year, saying, “To tell you the truth, with Ernie at Oreogn we had a couple of off years and I didn’t roll it. And I’ll never forget that he said ‘I’ll earn that back’ and that was 07 when they won the Pac-12 tournament and went to the Elite Eight and lost to Florida, so he got that year back.”
  • Kent runs a continuity motion offense. In that offense the guard positions are interchangeable as are the post positions, hopefully mitigating WSU's lack of a point guard on the roster.
  • Here's Royce Woolridge on the hire: “Extremely excited, once we finally heard who our new coach was we were ecstatic because we were waiting for about a week and a half. There was a lot of anxiety but now that we know it’s coach Kent I’m extremely excited, the whole team is excited.”

 

Follow the jump for videos from Kent's introductory press conference, courtesy of the Pac-12 and WSU athletics.

Wednesday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Just like that the Cougars are 20 percent of the way through spring football practice. They're also just a few hours away from officially introducing Ernie Kent as the new men's basketball coach. Keep an eye out for our coverage from that. Today we'll be having another live chat at noon to talk about both football and basketball. Brush up with yesterday's practice report and our story on WSU's visitor. We've also got our weekly college baseball notebook featuring coach Donnie Marbut's return.

Washington coach Chris Petersen isn't happy with his team yet … The Stanford women are headed to the Final Four … Cal's basketball coaching search is beginning just as WSU's ends.

Tuesday morning Pac-12 inks

From Pullman — Lots of links following yesterday's big news that Ernie Kent was hired as the WSU men's basketball coach. Follow the jump and we'll direct you to the news in bullet form.

5 Questions (and answers) with Ken Goe

Columnist Ken Goe has written for The Oregonian for nearly 37 years now and in that time he's seen just about everything. He watched the Ernie Kent era at Oregon from start to finish and is uniquely qualified to grant some perspective on the new Washington State men's basketball coach. Goe was kind enough to answer five questions about Kent, who was announced as the 18th men's basketball coach at WSU on Wednesday.

Questions and answers after the jump.

Confirmed: Ernie Kent to WSU?

Update[3:30]: I have confirmed that Kent will indeed by WSU's new coach.

 

That's what College AD is saying, breaking the news with the above tweet. The hire makes sense, Washington State athletic director Bill Moos also hired Kent when he was the AD at Oregon and Kent took the Ducks to a pair of Elite Eights. Kent, 59, compiled a 235-174 record at UO and a 109-125 record in the Pac-10.

For the past three years he has worked as a basketball television analyst. Prior to today's presumed announcement Kent was working as an analyst for the Pac-12 networks. 

When the coaching search began Moos stated that his biggest priority was finding someone who could recruit good players, one of Kent's strengths while he was at Oregon. From Washington alone Kent lured future NBA players Aaron Brooks and Luke Ridnour, while also showing the ability to pull stars such as Malik Hairston out of the midwest.

We'll try to confirm the report and keep you updated as new information surfaces.

Monday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The Final Four is set and that means the college basketball season is almost over. It also likely signals the coming end of the Washington State coaching search as athletic director Bill Moos plainly said he hoped to have the hire in place before the NCAA tournament was over. The hire could be announced today or it could be announced a week from today. Likely, it will happen sometime in between.

On Sunday we put up some notes and quotes from Saturday's practice and we had a live chat as well … With Marquise Lee entering the draft USC has already found his replacement … the Stanford women advanced to the Elite Eight … One Oregon unit isn't looking exactly championship caliber yet.

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Sunday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Hope you didn't sleep in on Saturday. If you did you missed a flurry of Cougars news, not to mention some pretty great cartoons. The day began with Washington State's second spring football practice. We've got a practice report and a story on WSU's young offensive line. Soon after, we learned that the Cougars were making a second run at Boise State's Leon Rice. By mid-afternoon, however, we learned the Rice was going to stay put.

The Pac-12's night ended when Arizona lost to Wisconsin, falling just short of the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately the game led to some silly unrest in Tucson.

Spring practice report: day 2

From Pullman — Forgive me if today's practice report isn't as meaty as Thursday's and ones to follow. During practice some basketball news was happening that proved to be more than a little distracting. Still, I think we got most of it. There were a couple new faces running with the ones today and a new quarterback got some significant reps.

Read on, after the jump.

 

 

Update: It’s not over between Rice and WSU

Update [3/31/14 10:34 a.m.] On Monday athletic director Bill Moos told host Bud Nameck that he didn't fly to Boise to pursuit Leon Rice during his weekly Cougar Calls segment.

Our previous report is after the jump.

Saturday morning Pac-12 links

From Pullman — Lots of links from a surprisingly busy Friday. Following Thursday's practice, we had a live chat and a notes, quotes and five questions followup post. We'll have the same tomorrow.

Shortly after the news came down that Washington State had apparently offered the men's basketball coaching position to somebody, we confirmed that Boise State's Leon Rice interviewed with the Cougars. But apparently has decided to stay in Boise.

You're not going to believe this, but it looks like that 7th grader who committed to USC once upon a time may not actually end up a Trojan … Oregon is reloading in the secondary … Washington's Desmond Simmons will transfer.

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