Much like the late, and great, George Carlin, I consider myself to be a "Modern Man." I moments of speculation and uncertainty, there is only one place to go, the Twitterverse. I have created a special list just for WSU Basketball on Twitter and have been adding and subtracting people from it in a completely nonrandom way.
So amid all the "noise" that comes on such a timeline during the NCAA Basketball tournament, I was investigating claims that WSU had made an official offer to Boise State's Leon Rice.
Ah, yes, of course. They guy that kept me laughing throughout the last two years of the Ken Bone era, our own Kyle Sherwood:
Have we not received confirmation on the new coach because Bud Withers' hyperbaric tube is set to open on a timer?— Kyle Sherwood (@BigWoodWSU) March 28, 2014
Jacob Thorpe confirming Rice was interviewed:
Just learned that you actually gain eight minutes by flying from Boise to Pullman:
Hall of Fame manager Neil Stover thinking Rice might be the one:
Based off of @JacobThorpeSR's report, it sure feels like Rice may be the one after all.— Neil Stover (@neilstover) March 28, 2014
It's your job to educate, bro:
My wife looks up and says "Tony is Virginia's coach? I thought he went to Oklahoma." Confusing our recent basketball treasons...— Kyle Sherwood (@BigWoodWSU) March 29, 2014
Nice dark humor with the follow up:
So there you go, I thought of a worse outcome: Tony coaching the Thunder.— Kyle Sherwood (@BigWoodWSU) March 29, 2014
/Wading through a long stream of Tony laments./
Well, the Internet is nothing if not ambiguous:
If Leon Rice is new coach the headline is ready: Another middle-aged white guy from a low tier conference to lead Cougs again— COUGFANcom (@COUGFANcom) March 28, 2014
Where the hell does this type of cynicism come from?
A prediction for the cause of the next great Coug fan internet slap fight: WSU hires Leon Rice and Boise goes and gets Saul Phillips.— Kyle Sherwood (@BigWoodWSU) March 28, 2014
And the cynicism just keeps rolling:
Romar hires Bone; Tramaine Isabell goes to prep school for a year and ends up at UW #FutureWSUFanSlapFights— Kyle Sherwood (@BigWoodWSU) March 29, 2014
Olé! MT "@ESPNAndyKatz: Source: Boise State's Leon Rice decided to stay, instead of continuing talks w/Wazzu after interviewing."— Kyle Sherwood (@BigWoodWSU) March 29, 2014
Neil heard too:
I realize he's not the name some Coug fans think WSU can get, but I really love Saul Phillips. Would love to see that happen.— Neil Stover (@neilstover) March 29, 2014
Sounds like resignation:
That said, it feels more like Ernie Kent now than ever.— Neil Stover (@neilstover) March 29, 2014
And Neil retweets:
Well, we're all on this together, folks. Most of us have several years invested in this place and one letdown doesn't spell doom. Some things just aren't meant to be.
George, you left us way too soon. I have the feeling I might need you here in the next week or so. It's up to you now, Sherwood. Whatever happens, make it funny.
And now for some links:
In case the above wasn't enough for you:
Leon Rice interviews for WSU job - Spokesman.com - March 28, 2014
Boise State men’s basketball coach Leon Rice has interviewed for the vacant coaching position at Washington State University, The Spokesman-Review has learned.
Leon Rice reportedly interviewed for WSU men's basketball vacancy earlier this week - CougCenter
The current Boise State head coach might already be in Pullman interviewing for the head coaching job.
Mike Leach doesn't want his players to form a union. Jacob Thorpe interviewed Tyler Bruggman. Wait. He interviewed the backup? Is there a quarterback controversy? Please don't go there. Especially not today.
Notes, quotes and five questions from spring practice - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 28, 2014
From Pullman --The Washington State football team practices on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the spring. So on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays we'll hold a live chat at noon to talk about the practice. We'll also have a followup post, which you're reading right now, with some notes and quotes.
The baseball team played just over four innings Friday against San Jose State, when play was suspended to be resumed Saturday at 2 pm followed by the third game of the series. Nothing was decided as both teams are tied at 4-4. But San Jose State will have the bases loaded with one out. Nothing like being in a jam to start off the day.
Cougars Fall to Second-Ranked Bruins, 4-0 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The second-ranked UCLA Bruins swept the first three singles matches off the court en route to a 4-0 victory over No. 53 Washington State Friday afternoon.
Snyder in Top 15 Through 18 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Senior Blake Snyder led the Cougars in the opening round of The Goodwin, shooting 2-under par (68).