COUGARS • UPDATED: 2:45 P.M.
Let's see. There is this week of class. Then next week is a dead one. Then finals and graduation. The academic year in Pullman is winding down quickly. As is spring football, with only Thursday's practice and Saturday's morning scrimmage left. For the latest, read on.
• UPDATE: The basketball staff at WSU is complete, with another former Seattle Pacific head coach joining Ken Bone. The university is announcing Bone has hired his former assistant, and successor at SPU, Jeff Hironaka. We'll have more in a bit.
• Someone – we won't go into names here – dropped a comment on the site yesterday, saying something to the effect yours truly was morphing into a Coug. Sorry. That ain't gonna happen. This guy's an Anteater, through and through. Yes, an Eater. The one school in the nation with the nickname. Proud of it. Spent too many 85-degree April afternoons in the bullpen sweating profusely with the gear on and too many April mornings sleeping in the library to be anything but an Anteater. Thank goodness the Eaters have never played WSU in basketball or my ability to stay fair and balanced would be sorely tested. ... OK, let's get back on track. We'll start with another Pac-10 school where money is becoming a huge problem. Don't think you're alone WSU fans. ... Now on to football. We had our post last night, with the story in this morning's paper. And the Evergreen's Kevin Dudley had this feature on the two transfers from Western Washington. Defensive lineman Casey Hamlett is making an impression this spring. ... That's it for spring football in the Palouse, or the coverage of it in our nation's newspapers. ... A couple of other Spokesman-Review stories with WSU mentions are available, including John Blanchette's track notebook and Steve Bergum's baseball notebook (second item). ... Finally, Taylor Rochestie is expected to play with the Santa Barbara Breakers this Saturday. Talked with him for a few moments after the football scrimmage last Saturday about the Portsmouth tourney. He couldn't stop smiling, but did say the type of basketball was completely different. Make a pass, take a step to set a screen and boom, the shot was up and you were sprinting back on defense.
• That's all we've got for this morning. Let's hope the weather holds so the white legs and arms can start to fade away – and yes, I'm talking about me. Don't worry, I'm religious about applying my sunscreen. We'll be back when events warrant. Until then …