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March 31, 1998, midnight
Paul Mencke takes nutritional advice from a guy who weighs 300 pounds, so it might be a stretch to consider him the "logical" choice to become Washington State's next starting quarterback. But he's in the running, for sure. There was little doubt of that Monday as Mencke and the defending Pacific-10 Conference champions opened spring football practices in Martin Stadium. Mencke, the former two-sport star at Lewis and Clark High School, has added about 15 pounds to his 6-foot-5 frame. The 232-pounder has been a regular in the weight room this offseason, but he also credits his roommate, 300-pound lineman Joe Criscione, with giving him a nutritional edge.

March 29, 1998, midnight
Full steam ahead. Last year the Washington State football team enjoyed one of its best seasons ever, but many of the best players are gone and coach Mike Price will be busy this spring filling the gaps. File/The Spokesman-Review

March 22, 1998, midnight
As the NFL draft approaches, former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf is riding high. File/The Spokesman-Review

March 5, 1998, midnight
Bob Bender is used to making his case to the refs, but now the UW coach must turn his attention to NCAA Tournament selection committee members. Photo by Associated Press