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THE BASKETBALL SEASON is over and there are no Cougar football games for months to come -- and yet it's one of the more compelling times for Cougar news. There's tons to delve into with the likely coaching change on the hardcourt, and Cougar football is chock full of happenings with recruiting in full swing, as well as the annual attrition that comes with the offseason.

Two independent sources with knowledge of the situation who asked not to be identified have told CF.C that offensive lineman Pierson Villarrubia is no longer with the program. A redshirt freshman last season, he's transferring with a desire to be closer to home (Louisiana).

Villarrubia (6-4, 293) had promise although it was more likely that promise would have turned into results down the road rather than in 2014. This spring he would have likely been battling with players like Joe Dahl, Riley Sorenson, Cole Madison, Eduardo Middleton, B.J. Salmonson and others at the guard position.

Sources have also told CF.C that DL Austin Brown was no longer with the program when he was arrested last week on charges of third-degree theft at Walmart (food related items valued at $50.68.) He is also transferring.

Brown was a late, May addition to the 2012 class under the previous staff at WSU. The Meridian, Idaho product was set to walk on at Boise State before the Cougs extended the late offer. After redshirting his first season, Brown had no official statistics in 2013 as a reserve on the defensive line.

Villarrubia and Brown would make for three known departures this offseason by scholarship players, with QB Austin Apodaca being the other one. Washington State generally does not put out a release or comment on player transfers. A new roster, however, is expected to be released when spring ball starts on March 27 and the absence of Brown and Villarrubia's names would effectively serve as an indirect announcement from WSU.

Fans wring their hands with every player departure but turnover is a way of life in college football and it won't be a surprise if there's more attrition to come between now and fall camp, (and obviously some of that will come from the walk on ranks.)

AMONG THE MYRIAD angles and potential candidates to explore on the basketball coaching front, there's this: the short list.

As Bill Moos told CF.C's Chris Chancellor; "My short list right now is all head coaches," he said.

Two things to note on that: the new coach isn't necessarily going to come from the short list, and Moos' use of the words "right now."

EXPLORING IT FURTHER, it's interesting to consider the timing of the whole thing. Some thought Moos would have met with Bone and dismissed him before lunch on Thursday, a day after the Cougs were eliminated in the Pac-12 tournament. But it won't be a surprise if that doesn't happen for a while. Why?

When making a coaching change, it's always preferable to have the new coach as close to as ready to come on board as can be. Now, that's not always possible, but it's the ideal. A long, drawn-out coaching search carries with it plenty of potential negatives, including speculation that the AD ends up settling for his second/third/fourth choice.

Some of those names in Moos' orbit -- head coaches and assistants, on the short list and not -- almost certainly have on their plates postseason games they need to focus on.

So what's the rush to fire a guy when you're not going to be able to interview, contemplate and decide on who could be your new guy for a week, two weeks or longer? Because we're talking about the next five years here. At least.

This is a critical hire. The wrong choice here could mean another lost five years for Cougar hoops. But the right choice, and taking it slow in order to get it right, could mean five years from now we're not talking about a coaching change at Washington State, but rather Selection Sunday.

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