Spokane's Spitz still WSU-bound?

WHEN THERE'S a college coaching change, other teams contact that school's verbal commitments. It's a fact of life in the recruiting wars. Spokane's Dan Spitz, a 6-6, 250-pound tight end who pledged crimson two weeks ago, heard the news that Bill Doba was departing on Monday along with everyone else. Since then, another school started making a renewed run at him.

Is he still headed to the Palouse?

All signs point to yes.

Idaho is making another run at Spitz with Al Genatone -- formerly a Cougar LB under Doba and Robb Akey, presently a tireless recruiter over in Moscow -- running the point for the Vandals.

"He was just saying that the offer is still on the table," said Spitz. "I told him thank you, and that was pretty much it."

Spitz went on to mention he "appreciates the continued interest" from UI, though his focus remains on Pullman.

"I'm still committed there -- I still can't wait to play there," said Spitz.

"He (Doba) is a good guy. And he's a good coach. But you also don't go there just because of the coach."

Spitz found out about the Monday change from assistant and area recruiter Timm Rosenbach, who along with the rest of the Washington State assistant coaches remains under contract.

"Coach Rosenbach called me and let me know. He was kind of shaken up about it, which is understandable. I just wished him the best of luck," said Spitz.

Spitz said Rosenbach and recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson were scheduled to come by for an in-home visit sometime in the next couple weeks but because of uncertainty over which parts, if any, of the coaching staff will be retained by the new head coach, the new date for the in-home remains to be finalized.

Meanwhile, Spitz and his fellow hoopsters are preparing for Mead's season opener in basketball tonight against Rogers. This will be the first year Spitz has played in high school.

"I was good friends with Lucas Ashe last year, and good friends with all the basketball players really. And I've played with all the basketball players before and I've played in tournaments, so it's not like I've never played," said Spitz.

Spitz, a post player for the Panthers, probably won't be chucking it up left and right, instead using his 250-pound frame to enforce a no fly zone in the lane and scrubbing the boards clean.

Basketball isn't a contact sport the way football is but the physical play, said Spitz, is his area of expertise.

"It's definitely not my shooting," he laughed.

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