It's time to take a look around at all things WSU this morning. Baseball had a series at Arizona over the weekend, track was in action, and of course there was some football news.
Defense tries to make strides at WSU - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - April 19, 2010
Grippi has his practice report from Monday. The Cougs took the field at 6:30 AM yesterday after spending the weekend on a team retreat. He also has some injury news. The funny: Travis Long, Elliot Bosch, and Brandon Rankin all have pink eye (Knocked Up, anyone?). The not so funny: Gino Simon sprained his ankle and is out for the week. He did it on the team retreat. I'm convinced we're cursed.
What's next for college athletics? - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - April 20, 2010
Grippi also has a look around college athletics. The BCS commissioners are meeting today and conference expansion talk will be heating up. Last I'd seen, Colorado and Utah coming to the Pac-10 (12?) was as close to a done deal as it could be. Grippi also says that Andre Winston Jr., whom we looked at yesterday, could be the best late signee WSU has ever had. Whether or not that is true, Bone has signed Moore and Winston in the past two late signing periods. Not too bad at all.
Arizona Rally Stuns Cougar Baseball - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
So that wasn't the way to follow up the series win over ASU. Cougar baseball dropped all three to Arizona this weekend in the desert. Friday was a close game, Saturday was a blowout, and Sunday the Cougs blew a 3 run lead in the 9th. I'm convinced the CougCenter curse is real.
Layman and Anderson are Winners at Mt. SAC Relays - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Jeshua Anderson is still really fast. He won the Mt. SAC Relays 400m hurdles in 49.11 and also locked up the Pac-10 male track athlete of the week.
Bill Moos Officially Begins Duties as Cougar Athletics Director - WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
Bill Moos is officially began his tenure as athletic director on April 15th. Over the coming months, we'll get to see more of what he has in store at WSU. It's an exciting time, if nothing else.
OI Foundation "Miracle Wolf Scholarship Fund" - Addicted to Quack
This has nothing to do with WSU or athletics, but it's a good cause so I'm sharing it. One of AtQ's members recently had a son born with OI, or brittle bone disease. They've taken up the cause of raising money for the OI Foundation by hosting auctions for signed Oregon gear and now by looking for direct donations to provide scholarships to kids attending the upcoming OI conference in Portland. If you'd like, feel free to pass this link on or to help the cause if you can.
That's all for the links. Feel free to add any links or news in the comments.
UPDATE: Per Grippi on twitter, Michael Harthun will transfer to Portland State. He'll have to sit out this next year due to transfer rules. I find him going to PSU kind of ironic.