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Ken Bone, the new head basketball coach at Washington State smiles with WSU athletic director Jim Sterk after making a joke about being friends with Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar during an introductory press conference on April 7, 2009 in a Bohler Gym conference room in Pullman, WASH. Bone, who has strong ties to the Pacific Northwest will worked with Sterk and Romar during separate coaching jobs earlier in their careers.  TYLER TJOMSLAND Special to The Spokesman Review (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

It was a crowded Tuesday at WSU 11 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:30 A.M. The Ken Bone Era is underway at Washington State University. Let the sophomoric jokes begin. Wait, they already have. Want proof? Just tool around the WSU blogosphere. Couldn't see that coming, could you? Oh well. Maybe it will die down...

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WSU introduces Bone 33 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 7:15 P.M. Just wanted to give you a spot to comment if you had a chance to watch the introductory press conference with Ken Bone. We'll be back later with our story about it, but until then this post is yours. •...

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Today WSU throws Bone a party 

COUGARS In another week the hoopla will have all died down. Sixty-degree days will be the norm. Spring football will be hitting the dog days. Normality will return to the campus. But today Washington State will throw a welcome-to-Pullman party for Ken Bone, the Cougars'...

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Ken Bone is the new men's basketball coach at Washington State University. (Matt Cilley / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU will introduce Bone Tuesday 11 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 7:40 P.M. It's over. As you read here first, Washington State has made its hire. Ken Bone will be the guy who has to replace Tony Bennett. Or gets to if you prefer. I had a basketball coach friend who always said,...

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Another day in Paradise, WSU style 

COUGARS • UPDATE: 10:15 A.M. Spring is here. Too bad there isn't a spring football practice scheduled for today. Being outside would be a good thing with the sun shining and the temperatures hitting the high 60s. But no. It's another day of hitting the...

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Another WSU search update 

COUGARS We're calling it a night. One of the candidates expressed the opinion WSU's search for a men's basketball coach would come to a conclusion tonight, but as far as we can discern, that hasn't been the case. Which, of course, doesn't mean the job...

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More on WSU coaching search 

COUGARS We've been working the phones tonight trying to run down as much as we possibly can on the search for a new basketball coach. Check the link for the unedited version of the story we will have in tomorrow's S-R..

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WSU closer to hire 

COUGARS A quick post to update you on the basketball coaching search. Jim Sterk, John Johnson and Anne McCoy are on their way back from Detroit having finished their interviews there, according to a source. We are sure they interviewed UAB's Mike Davis along with...

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Associated Press WSU’s Marshall Lobbestael had an MRI on his knee Sunday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

WSU's Lobbestael bouncing back 

COUGARS Let's get back to football for a while. The Cougars worked out in Martin Stadium this morning, allowing fans access to the day's workout. They ended it with a 35-minute scrimmage matching ones vs. twos. One observation: It's tough to tell whether the Cougars...

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WSU to interview Davis 29 

COUGARS Sources in Pullman and Birmingham confirm Washington State University will interview current Alabama-Birmingham and former Indiana University men's basketball coach Mike Davis on Saturday for the Cougars open head coaching position. Davis has been at UAB for three seasons, amassing a 60-38 record there....

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WSU moves indoors for a day 

COUGARS Washington State moved practice indoors today, thanks to the morning snow, which threatened to make Rogers Field a mess. The two-hour-plus workout attracted quite a few spectators. Read on for the unedited version of our story.

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Catching up with WSU news

COUGARS We're going to do this quickly this morning because we have a lot on our plate today. We will have an exclusive interview for you today that we put together past deadline last night. And then there's all the other stuff going on at...

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Baylor running back Jay Finley breaks away from WSU’s Andy Mattingly for a 46-yard touchdown run. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

An injury at WSU 19 

COUGARS We have a couple of stories in tomorrow's paper, one on football and one basketball related. Read on for the unedited version of each, along with some web-only notes.

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As Bennett moves on, WSU searches for future 45 

COUGARS Another interesting day dawns in Pullman in this, the post-Tony Bennett era. Bennett will have has introductory press conference in Charlottesville, Virginia today – makes one wonder what Thomas Jefferson, the founder of the University of Virginia, would think of all this – and...

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WSU puts the pads on for first time 

COUGARS There's other, non Tony Bennett news coming out of Washington State this week – OK, I would understand if your response were "really?" – and it has to do with football. The Cougars hit the practice field Monday with their pads on, then went...

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WSU coach Tony Bennett directs his team against Washington. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

WSU still reeling over Bennett decision 48 

COUGARS• UPDATED: 11:45 A.M.; 3:55 P.M. The nature of the news, the suddenness of it all, is what hit Cougar nation in between the eyes. After dodging the bullet last year, when Indiana, LSU and Marquette all came a courting, WSU fans were pretty sure...

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

Bennett leaving WSU for Virginia 129 

COUGARS • UPDATED: 10:20 P.M. Just finished talking with some of the players and it's true. Tony Bennett is leaving Washington State University to become the head basketball coach at the University of Virginia. The players are shocked, the administration is shocked, the assistant coaches...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009

Workmanlike WSU will rest the weekend 

COUGARS The last day without pads passed without the same energy of the first day. But that's to be expected. The workmanlike day might have been even more impressive, however, because it looked like the Cougars were a little sharper offensively – though the wide...

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Spirits high as WSU opens spring 

COUGARS The first day of spring practice was spirited, to say the least. One play the defense would celebrate, the next play the offense would. We watched the entire day and filed our story for tomorrow's S-R. For the unedited version and a few extra...

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