Monday morning in Spokane. Attended a party, and an after-party party, last night. Though we woke up early this morning, there was no way we could stare at a computer screen for an hour or so. But time passes and the vision clears. Read on.
• Washington State: Many thanks to Josh Wright for covering the Cougars' 93-55 dismantling of Santa Clara on Sunday afternoon, allowing me to attend the funereal retirement bash for myself and the other 10 souls leaving the S-R when the year ends. At least there was a wake afterward. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick also covered the game for the News Tribune.
• Around the Pac-12: Bowl preparations are getting into full swing for those lucky enough to have earned one with a winni – er, forgot about UCLA before I began writing "winning record." The Bruins are getting ready for their bowl with a 6-7 record but without run-game coordinator Jim Mastro, who is set to join Mike Leach's staff. ... Oregon is gearing up for another Rose Bowl, this one against Wisconsin. ... The Huskies have to deal with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III in the Alamo Bowl. ... ASU is still interviewing coaching candidates, though it looks as is Kyle Whittingham is being taken off the table. ... No bowl in Tucson, but recruits are visiting. ... In basketball, we forgot to link ASU's win over North Dakota State from Saturday night. ... Cal won big yesterday against outmanned Jackson State.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back when events dictate. Until then ...