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WSU linebacker Bland arrested again

College football: Washington State linebacker Louis Bland was arrested Monday and charged with possession of marijuana, less than 40 grams, possession of a controlled substance and possession of stolen property.

For Bland, who missed the 2010 season with a knee injury after starting off and on for two seasons, it was his second arrest in less than four months.

In early March, Bland was charged with second-degree assault, a Class B felony, after a domestic dispute. That charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor and the sentence suspended as long as Bland stayed out of trouble for a year.

Monday, Pullman police went to Bland’s residence on a noise complaint, and allegedly found marijuana and a white powdery substance on a coffee table.

Field tests on the powdery substance were negative for cocaine or opiates, according to Pullman police spokesman Cmdr. Chris Tennant, but it was sent to a lab for further tests. While making the arrest, police took a stop sign from the residence, resulting in the stolen property charge.

Bland was taken to the Pullman police station, booked and released.

Just last week, WSU announced Bland, who will be a fourth-year junior, would undergo knee surgery again and miss the upcoming season.

There are currently no team football activities, WSU athletic spokesman Bill Stevens said Tuesday, so Bland is not technically suspended.

Vince Grippi

Montana State hires ex-UI coach Pfeifer

College basketball: Former University of Idaho head basketball coach George Pfeifer has joined the Montana State program as an assistant coach, MSU head coach Brad Huse announced.

Pfeifer rolled up a 296-208 record at Lewis-Clark State in Lewiston from 1989-2005. He joined the University of Idaho staff as an assistant for the 2005-06 season and took over as the program’s head coach the next season. He became MSU-Billings’ head coach in 2008-09, serving until this spring.

Pfeifer set Lewis-Clark’s career wins record at 296, including a 31-win campaign in 2003-04. He led the Warriors to their first NAIA national tournament.

Associated Press