"Caleb Forrest is a good kid,'' Romar said. "He was not pleased (with his involvement in the incident). But it's not only what you do but how you respond from it, and he has been very apologetic. That is not in his character in any way, and then he was immediately apologetic. When someone handles a situation like that, it's not what they normally do, it's not been a pattern, he shows remorse, then let's move on. That's how I see it. And I think Darnell Gant feels the same way.''
"It's just basketball," Gant said. "It's competitive. It's really no big deal."
Gant said Forrest apologized after the game and that "I don't hold grudges so I'm not upset or anything. That's just basketball."
Gant doesn't think it was a big deal. And both he and Romar are clearly accepting of Forrest's apology.
"Caleb Forrest is a thug!!!! That what people were calling Aaron Brooks when he hit Appleby. Caleb Forrest should be suspended two games, the next Pac 10 game and the one against UW on March 7"
I have to believe these Cougars are victims of some bad luck this year. Our two biggest home games - Gonzaga and Washington - resulted in two of the best games of the season for both our in-state rivals. It's strange to think the Cougs have the bulls-eye on their backs, but they've got it. And so far, teams are bringing their best effort against WSU. Sure, some of it was us, but a lot of it was them. The Huskies looked more inspired on defense than I've seen them in years last Saturday. The Zags couldn't miss a shot in the second half, and Baylor hit two ridiculous shots in the final two minutes. As for some of the lopsided scores, the fact remains that the Cougars have been in every game they've played. Not one opponent has put WSU away in the first half, and most of our losses have come against teams that, for whatever reason, pulled away in the final few minutes. The Cougs got down in those games, and in their attempt to come back, stayed down by giving up too many free throws or forcing the offense. The Huskies' 20-point win wasn't really a 20-point win, considering how the Cougars gift-wrapped trips to the line in the last three minutes.
Then there's the issue of luck off the court. The Cougs lost Chris Matthews and Mac Hopson to transfers two years ago - players that they could desperately use now. Those things weren't bad luck per se, but Stephen Sauls' injury was. And considering how good Sauls looked early on, it seemed that he could have been the guy to replace Mac Hopson, erasing all our worries about Mac's departure to Idaho. It wasn't to be. A freak concussion sidelined Sauls, and he transferred to Blinn College back home in Texas. Sauls was my pick for newcomer of the year last season. Now, it's in the hands of one of the true freshmen or Abe Lodwick to provide some depth at the guard position.
Will the Cougs ever turn the corner on luck? We'll get our first test of that today, when Cal comes to town. Cal shoots about 50% from three-point range, and are due to cool off. If some of their shots rim out, the way many of ours have this winter, we could be on the way to our first big win.
If not - it's gonna keep getting harder to find the positives.