If you go to the basketball game against UCLA on Saturday, you are guaranteed to see something unusual. Members of the WSU football team, yes the football team, will be holding a dunk contest before the game. Seriously, this is a thing that is happening.
We'll have to wait and see exactly what it amounts to. I would assume it would be nothing more than a handful of football players attempting a dunk or two. WSU is holding its junior day event this weekend and will have recruits in the crowd on Saturday. Maybe this is just an effort to try to entice a bigger crowd to show up. Or, maybe there are going to be judges, a trophy and Cody O'Connell will come out throwing down 360 windmills. Probably somewhere in between.
Regardless of what the contest amounts to, it brings up the interesting discussion of who is the best dunker on the football team. Tana Pritchard and Vince Mayle are featured in the short promo video. Mayle is a former college basketball player, so there is a good bet he's the best. He's not the only option, however, and there is a chance the dunk contest introduces us to FAT GUY DUNK. We all know and love FAT GUY TOUCHDOWNS but how great would it be if Toni Pole threw down a dunk? I'm not sure he has those kind of ups, maybe Xavier Cooper can add a FAT GUY DUNK to his FAT GUY TOUCHDOWN last season.
Assuming that doesn't happen and there is actually a judging system to this dunk contest, let's make some predictions. Mayle is going to be the popular pick. I could see Dom Williams being a decent dunker, but my pick is going to be corner Charleston White. White is 6-foot-1 and a ridiculous athlete. Plus, I just watched six minutes of his high school basketball highlights to ensure he can dunk.
You know it's a brutal basketball season when we're talking about football players dunking in the first week of March.
Pac-12 spring position breakdown: Linebackers - ESPN
With junior Destiny Vaeao moving to end from "Buck" linebacker, the Cougars will be replacing two starters. Junior Darryl Monroe is a two-year starter and the leader in the middle, and Cyrus Coen is back at "Sam" LB. The battle to replace Vaeao figures to be between juniors Kache Palacio and Ivan McLennan, and Tana Pritchard is the favorite to replace Justin Sagote at "Will" linebacker. A big question: Where does junior Chester Su'a fit in? He missed last year because of injury, and could play behind Monroe or challenge Pritchard. There are some intriguing young players who also could insinuate themselves into the rotation.
The Battle for the Basement - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - March 5, 2014
The chances of USC winning at Washington or Washington State upsetting UCLA on Saturday are remote at best. Therefore tomorrow's matchup between USC (10-19, 1-15 Pac-12) and WSU (9-19, 2-14) will likely decide the 11th and 12th place conference spots. WSU is favored by 5 ½ points in Vegas.
Cougs hope Jekyll, not Hyde shows up - Spokesman.com - March 5, 2014
No two games typified the all-or-nothing year the Washington State women’s basketball team had more than the series it played against Oregon, the Cougar’ ‘opening-round opponent Thursday in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Baseball Hosts Texas State - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
The Washington State (2-7) baseball team returns to Bailey-Brayton Field for a three-game series, Friday-Sunday (March 7-9)...Cougars and Bobcats (9-2, play Valparaiso, Wednesday) tangle at 6 p.m., Friday, 2 p.m., Saturday and noon, Sunday...Washington State is 263-254 under Donnie Marbut, who is in his 10th season as head coach of the Washington State program and 11th overall in Pullman...Marbut is assisted by Gregg Swenson, Pat Waer and Michael Naughton.
College baseball: WSU’s Marbut thrilled to play Jason Monda - Spokesman.com - March 5, 2014
Jason Monda threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Washington State’s loss to Cal State Northridge on Thursday. Though the Cougars (2-7) could have used the win, it was a victory to have Monda on campus and eligible to play.