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Luani's status for Saturday's season opener still unclear

Will Shalom Luani play in Saturday's season opener? Your guess is as good as our.

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

What exactly happened in that Pullman Domino's last week is unclear. The charges allege that Luani assaulted a WSU student after his pizza took too long. But according to Mike Leach last week, evidence suggests the the DB was jumped by three different people.

Something else that is just as unclear as what happened at Domino's, is the status of the defensive back for Saturday's first game of the year against the Eastern Washington Eagles. And - surprise - the team isn't really talking.

Luani hasn't participated in a practice since the incident, which should be a clue, but according to Mike Leach in the Pac-12 coaches conference call, there is still a chance. "We'll just wait and see what unfolds," said the typically non-committal head coach. He's been doing exactly what we want him to do. We'll just wait and see at the game."

There might not be much unfolding between now and Saturday evening. Stefanie Loh of the Seattle Times quoted Pullman Police spokesperson Chris Tennant for her article today, saying they don't expect anything new to come out until early next week.

The investigation is still ongoing. The police have, however, managed to obtain copies of Domino’s Pizza’s security surveillance tape from the night of the altercation. Tennant declined to share what they gleaned from the video.

So, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Luckily, kickoff is getting closer and closer by the minute.


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