THE TWO WEEKS of autonomy over Christmas break has to be one of the best things about being a teacher. For instance, if you're inclined to pick up and head to Spokane for the opening of the Pac-12 basketball season, you just do it. Although trying to explain to your mom why your visit home for the holidays is being cut short in order to see some Cougar hoops adds a certain discomfort to the idea.
January 12, 2012
THIS IS MY third attempt at an article I won't actually have to eat after the next game. Just when I start to believe this team has figured it out, the loss to Oregon. Then Stanford. And Arizona State. But this article isn't about looking back and thinking about what could have been. And I refuse to believe that the season is lost -- we just have to get rid of the grilled cheese and tomato soup.
February 25, 2011
AS THE LAST TENTH of a second ticked off the clock in Beasley during the Arizona loss last week, I couldn't help but wonder what a heartbreaking defeat would do to the morale of the Washington State players. Would they feel like the season has lost its purpose? Do they no longer believe they can compete for the Pac-10 crown? Are they having flashbacks to last season?
February 1, 2011
DESPITE THE rough start in L.A. two weeks ago, the Cougs are actually in great shape to make a run at the top-tier of the Pac-10. Last week's sweep of the Oregons, now followed by a pair of excellent opportunities in the Bay Area, has the potential to supercharge the season. There is a lot I like about this team, but I believe they're a couple tweaks away from maxing out their potential.
January 12, 2011
REGULAR PRACTICES don't begin until Oct. 15 but I can tell you right now that the Klay Thompson who Cougar fans will watch this season is stronger, more refined and far choosier in his shot selection than the old Klay Thompson. I know this because several weeks ago in Portland I was there when Klay took the court with a bunch of past, present and future NBA players.
October 4, 2010
WITH THE BUZZ of NBA free agency filling headlines, it got me thinking. Thinking about players changing teams, the magnitude of each decision, and how it affects the team left behind. The Cougs, as you know, have experienced some change this off season. And I will tell you that while there's disappointment in seeing guys leave, the fact is that WSU basketball is going to be stronger because of it.
July 7, 2010