Washington State freshmen Carlos Daniel and Chris Griffin will apparently not be suspended for tonight’s nonconference men’s basketball game against California State-Northridge despite being cited by Pullman police over the weekend for being minors in possession of alcohol.
Cougars coach Kevin Eastman said Tuesday that he had not finished looking into the incident, which allegedly took place late Saturday night. But he indicated any disciplinary action at this point would probably involve nothing more than some extra running or, in the case of Daniel, who has started WSU’s last six games, perhaps a missed start.
Eastman said it was his understanding that Daniel, 19, and Griffin, 18, were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there, for sure,” he said. “But I thought our kids acted very responsible in the situation.”
According to police, the two players and another 18-year-old WSU student were cited for MIP Saturday night at 11:57. Griffin was reportedly driving when the car the three were riding in was stopped for a traffic violation.
The officer who made the stop found alcohol in the car and cited the three. Daniel and Griffin were each cited and released, but the third man, Damon C. Williams, was jailed after the officer found an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Ephrata.
Williams was later released on bond.
Bozeman punch goes unpunished
California athletic director John Kasser will apparently not discipline Todd Bozeman, even though the Golden Bears coach took a swing at California StateNorthridge events manager Howard Garcia during Sunday’s non-conference game at Northridge, Calif.
Bozeman was caught on film as he either punched, slapped or swiped at Garcia, who had been called to help deal with a courtside security matter involving vocal Matador fans behind Cal’s bench. It was reportedly not clear on the film whether Bozeman made contact with Garcia, but after the swing, Garcia stepped back and adjusted his glasses.
Kasser said he had talked to Bozeman about the incident and was satisfied that the second-year head coach realizes his response was inappropriate.
“However, when (Bozeman) told me what words were directed at him by the staff person in question, his emotional response was understandable,” Kasser added. “There are certain trigger words that cause that type of reaction, and unfortunately one was directed at him.”
Kasser did not repeat what words Garcia allegedly said, but Garcia told the San Jose Mercury-News that he told Bozeman to worry about coaching and that he would take care of security.
“While I understand the reaction, in no way do I condone it,” Kasser said of Bozeman. “He understands that he cannot react in that way in the future, and we consider the matter closed.”
Northridge associate athletic director Paul Bubb and Garcia were asked by athletic director Robert Heigert to file reports on the incident.
Stoudamire: We won’t lose
Arizona point guard Damon Stoudamire was feeling confident earlier this week as he and his Wildcats teammates prepared for a road swing into Stoudamire’s native state of Oregon.
“We’re not going to lose, not with me going home. I know that for a fact,” said Stoudamire, who was born and raised in Portland.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats play at Oregon Thursday night and at Oregon State Saturday evening and Stoudamire said he has already received 18 ticket requests.
“And that was just from talking to my father,” he said. “I haven’t talked to my mother yet.”
Stoudamire, who is averaging 21.4 points and 7.2 assists per game, has never lost to Oregon or OSU since he has been at Arizona.
Former Southern California coach George Raveling, who resigned just prior to the start of the season after being seriously injured in a Sept. 25 automobile accident, attended the Trojans game against Arizona in Tucson last Thursday.
It was the first USC game Raveling had watched in person since the accident, but his presence was not enough to keep the Trojans from falling, 81-71.
Arizona State coach Bill Frieder makes quite a point when he claims numbers don’t tell the story of his Sun Devils’ 13-4 start.
“When you look at our statistics, you have to wonder how we won any games,” said Frieder, who has his team 3-2 in Pac-10 play and ranked 13th in the nation. “What has saved us is our defense, our defensive intensity and what we’ve gotten from it.”
ASU ranks eighth in the Pac-10 in scoring, ninth in free- throw percentage and ninth in rebounding. But the Sun Devils lead the league in turnover margin and steals.
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