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Another day in the wilderness


Growing up, catechism was a big part of everyday life at St. Rita's School. We learned lots of Bible history, from the lion's den back in the old days to the letter writing of the later years. And we learned the importance of numbers. Three, seven and 40 were pounded into our heads via the nuns' rulers artfully applied to the backside of our hands. So when I counted today's links and finished at 40, I immediately thought of the years wandering in the desert, the days fasting in the wilderness, things like that. Some lessons reinforced via physical pain are never lost. Read on.

It’s warming up - for one day at least


As I sit down at my computer to write this post, it is 41 degrees outside. The snow is sweating like I used to do walking up those Beasley steps to my perch high above Friel Court. At least travel for the area's basketball teams won't be a problem this week. Read on.

An odd sort of morning


Really don't know how to hook you into this morning's post. Maybe the best way is to be honest. We have a bunch of links today covering the wide breadth of the sporting world. And a lot of them have rather odd connections to local schools. Read on.

Salaries and links on a Tuesday


FROM PULLMAN — Anyone ever seen the South Park episode where Kyle's dad buys a Prius and moves the family to San Francisco? Hilarious. That has absolutely nothing to do with any of our morning links, though. So read on for information on WSU's football coach salaries, our usual Pac-12 roundup and some more inane references to unrelated subjects.

Salary details for WSU football assistants


FROM PULLMAN — We've obtained a list of base salary figures for the WSU assistant football coaches. A story on this topic will appear in Tuesday's paper, and we'll link that when it's available. But for now, here's a list of the salaries. Read on.

As the Pac-12 turns, starring Chip Kelly


FROM PULLMAN — Was watching the NFC championship game last night when something far more impactful began brewing — first on Twitter, then just about everywhere else. But literally as I put my fingers to the keys to write this just after midnight, it appears as if Chip Kelly may be staying at Oregon after all. That and some links after the jump.

A road trip and an epiphany


Slept in a bit today – after all, it is Sunday – after staying up late last night. Well, late for me. But despite the extra hour or so of sleep, we have a lot to cover and we want to get it up on the web before you get fixated on the NFL playoff games. Read on.

Video: Mike Leach addresses crowd at Beasley


FROM PULLMAN — We've got a lot of basketball stuff to get to, but I wanted to post this video of Mike Leach's halftime speech at Beasley real quick. You can view  it after the jump. It takes about a minute before he comes out onto the floor, FYI. Apologize in advance if it's shaky at all.

Another near-perfect Saturday


Another beautiful Saturday is here. Aren't Saturday's always beautiful no matter what the day is like? If the week was a high school, Saturday would be the quarterback of the football team, the head cheerleader, the coolest teacher. Yep, Saturdays are great. Felt that way since I was about 5 years old. Read on.

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Nothing but college hoop news


It was a perfect night for Inland Northwest men's college basketball teams, despite the weather. Gonzaga handled USF rather easily at home and Washington State rallied from 13 down in the second half to top Pac-12 front-runner Stanford. It wasn't as perfect for me as we spent the last part of both games away from the television set and computer snowblowing a two-block long path to allow my wife to make it home. Read on.

Snow … and making it rain in college sports


It snowed quite a bit in Spokane yesterday. Enough to disrupt life in Washington's second-largest city. But the snow on the streets around the Lilac City pales in comparison to the piles on the Palouse. South of Spokane the snow came a couple days earlier, fell harder and will probably stay longer. Classes at Washington State were cancelled today but the basketball game will go on, provided the Stanford Cardinal made the trip down U.S. 195. As a veteran of that trek (I still follow the state's traffic cams religiously this time of year), I will say the trip will be slow, but can be done. So the game will go on. We have more on that today, of course, but we also have another issue to discuss, one that might raise some eyebrows, so read on.

Basketball news on a Wednesday morning


Tuesday is the day the local college basketball coaches talk with the media, from Mark Few at Gonzaga to Ken Bone at Washington State. That results in stories from the S-R staff concerning those coaches' teams. A pretty simple cause and effect really. Read on.

It’s Tuesday with all that entails


Really thought I would wake this morning to a covering of snow. And yet, nothing. I know 80 miles south of here, in Pullman (my home away from home the past five years), there is a covering of the white stuff (how do I know? Christian Caple passed on the news in his blog post, plus I can look at Martin Stadium on the Cougars' construction camera), but here in beautiful Spokane, nothing yet. At least where my home is located (and no, we don't have a construction camera link to pass along). Anyhow, the lack of snow sort of mirrors the lack of links to pass along today. OK, I know. That was a long way to go for a short, poor metaphor of sorts, but it was all we could cobble together today. Read on.

It’s cold outside, but links are room temperature


FROM PULLMAN – Snoqualmie Pass was not friendly yesterday, but the Honda managed to plow through the slush, ice and snow and arrived safely back on the snow-covered Palouse. Though looking at the forecast, it seems we may have left the worst of this storm behind in Seattle. Regardless, we have a flurry of links for you with a 50 percent chance of entertainment (OK, probably less than that). Read them anyway, though.

Looking back at a near-perfect Sunday


There is nothing better than spending a Sunday having breakfast, getting comfortable, watching football, having a nice dinner and then hitting the sack early with an engrossing book. Yes, everything was perfect yesterday except a stretch between 5 and 6 p.m. Read on.

Sunday morning in the Northwest


Can't say I joined what was probably most of you in your main activity yesterday. Nope, I didn't get to watch the NFL playoffs, most notably the game of the century – as of now, anyway – in San Francisco. Missed that one and the rout in the nightcap. Had other obligations. Read on.

A darn full Saturday


It was a big day in the Northwest yesterday and the biggest aspect of it didn't hit until late afternoon. That's when news began to leak about the Mariners' trade of Michael Pineda to the New York Yankees for catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero. There were others involved in the biggest trade of the offseason thus far, but those are the main characters in this Hot Stove play. Read on.


WSU officially announces football assistants


FROM SEATTLE —  Yes, Seattle. We were driving when an email popped into our inbox announcing the official hires of Mike Leach's assistant coaches. And then wrote this story from the front seat of our Honda Civic while parked on Elliott Avenue. There are no surprises among the names, but read on for our unedited story on the announcement.

Fight songs are not supposed to be taken literally


I was really looking forward to watching a couple of basketball games last night, one of which was tight, the other not so much. But sandwiched in between were a very interesting few minutes down in Tucson, a few minutes that might have ramifications this weekend. Read on.

No Cougs on Thursday, but plenty of Pac-12 action


FROM PULLMAN — It felt a little strange to sit at home and watch basketball on a Thursday night. But there was some quality action in the Pac-12, even with the Cougars idle as they await their Sunday game at Washington. Read on for a link-aided summary of Thursday's games.

UPDATE: Dawson staying at K-State?


FROM PULLMAN — The AFCA conference has ended, though there still hasn't been any official announcement from WSU regarding Mike Leach's assistant coaching staff. But a name has been added to the school's faculty directory. Read on for details.

UPDATE: The Wichita Eagle is reporting that Kansas State has denied that Chris Dawson has left to take the strength and conditioning position at Washington State. And a KSU player tweeted that Dawson has informed him he will remain at the school. Dawson's name remains in the WSU directory. Go figure.

I've been told that Dawson had been mulling the decision and going back and forth on it for some time, and the same was reported by CougCenter.com's Brian Floyd, who was the first to report that Dawson was on the WSU radar. FootballScoop.com also reported the hire Thursday. It seems odd that WSU would register him with a university email address and place him in the directory if nothing had been set in stone. It seem highly unlikely that an addition to the directory would be made without some sort of paperwork being filed.

It remains unclear whether Leach has completed his staff. We'll let you know as soon as anything official comes from WSU.

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

Levenseller to reunite with Akey at UI

The Spokesman-Review has confirmed that Mike Levenseller will make the short move from Pullman to Moscow to join Robb Akey's staff as offensive coordinator at Idaho.

Read our story below.

Nothing surprising today … well, yes there is


Some days you guys surprise me. Other days you don't. Yesterday was of the latter variety – and the former as well, actually. Read on.

Report: Levenseller joins Idaho staff

UPDATED: 6:05 p.m.

Mike Levenseller spent 19 years on the Washington State football staff, including the eight years Robb Akey was defensive line coach and defensive coordinator in Pullman. And now, according to FootballScoop.com, Akey has hired Levenseller to fill a vacant spot on his staff at Idaho.

Check below for an update.

Change may be coming to BCS


It was pretty obvious no one was real enamored of Alabama and Louisiana State meeting again in the BCS championship game. Heck, nearly two-thirds of the readers here would rather have watched LSU and Oklahoma State play. Well, it seems as if you are not alone. The BCS commissioners aren't all that thrilled with their system anymore either. Read on.

Tuesday’s happenings are Wednesday’s links



FROM PULLMAN — Woke up, looked out the window and saw some snow still on the ground, which can mean only one thing: it's almost time to drive across Snoqualmie Pass again. Speaking of which, there was a basketball game on that side of the state last night. An ugly one. Read on for that and more.

Moving quickly into a slow day


When you are trying to cover the whole spectrum of the Inland Northwest sports scene, there is no such thing as a slow day. Even the sluggish ones move pretty quickly. Take today, for instance. Besides the BCS title game – a once-a-year occurrence – there is news related to Gonzaga, WSU, the preps and more. Read on.

WSU signs three, Rahmel Dockery enrolls, too


FROM PULLMAN — A bit of football personnel news to pass along tonight. Players, not coaches. Though an announcement should be coming on the latter in the next couple days. Read on.