PULLMAN — Golfers on the Palouse should have a new opportunity to play a championship course in a little more than a year's time. Palouse Ridge, an 18-hole layout on the eastern edge of Washington State's campus in Pullman, is still on schedule to be completed around the end of summer 2008.
PULLMAN – Somewhere in between playing tour guide and trying out for their national teams, Aron Baynes and Thomas Abercrombie are likely to register some telling minutes for the Cougars in the coming weeks. Washington State's basketball team is off on its two-week summer tour of New Zealand and Australia on Saturday, a road trip for all but those two, who will be playing on their home turf.
PULLMAN – Washington State has secured its second oral commitment for the recruiting class of 2008. Guard Michael Harthun of Medford, Ore., told WSU head coach Tony Bennett Saturday that he intended to join the Cougar ranks, adding perhaps the most highly touted recruit of Bennett's Cougars tenure to the fold.
June Daugherty is expected to be released from Providence Everett Medical Center within the next 48 hours after having a defibrillator surgically implanted Thursday, her doctors said at a news conference. The recently hired women's basketball coach of Washington State, though, can thank her 12-year-old daughter, Breanne, for giving her that chance after she went into cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon.
Washington State University women's basketball coach June Daugherty's condition is improving after entering cardiac arrest at a medical clinic in Everett on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, the Providence Everett Medical Center announced that Daugherty was listed in serious condition, upgraded from critical. In the afternoon, a spokeswoman at the hospital said things had improved further, after speaking with Daugherty's husband, Mike.
Only two members of Washington State University's women's basketball team are in Pullman, but their situation is no different than that of their teammates scattered around the country. "It's a helpless situation," team captain Katie Appleton said of new coach June Daugherty's cardiac episode and ongoing recuperation in the hospital. "You can't do much but offer your thoughts and prayers to the family."
PULLMAN – Washington State University assistant football coach Ken Greene will not continue with the program, multiple sources in the athletic department have confirmed. Greene, who joined WSU's staff in January 2003 shortly after Bill Doba became the head coach, is apparently working on an agreement with the university to finalize the terms of his departure, although WSU officials said the school will not release any information until the matter is resolved. That resolution – which, if the coach and the university can come to terms, would likely be in the form of a resignation – is expected soon, possibly as early as this morning.
PULLMAN – Washington State University running back Derrell Hutsona and safety DeWayne Patterson have both failed to meet NCAA standards and will no longer attend the university, head coach Bill Doba said Tuesday. "They're both really good kids," Doba said. "We'll miss them."
PULLMAN – The 2006-07 Washington State athletic season is essentially over, and it didn't take long for the 2007-08 year to start. In an early – and much-anticipated – return to the court, the Cougars men's basketball team strode out onto the Beasley Coliseum floor Monday evening for the first of 10 days of practice before a trip to Australia and New Zealand for six games in June.