Earlier tonight, I openly wondered if no news was good news for WSU basketball coach Ken Bone. About 15 minutes later, WSU sent out an email stating that Bone would hold his regular season-ending news conference on Thursday.
Powell is a longtime soccer standout and was an all-state defender as a junior. He was also a receiver for Seton Catholic. His second cousin is Washington coach Steve Sarkisian.
Bone is 70-65 at Washington State, with a 26-46 mark in Conference games.
It’s better than last year, certainly, when, as coach Mike Leach will tell anyone who asks, the Cougars were down to six healthy offensive linemen by the end of the season.
Injuries and redshirt years ate up most of WSU’s depth. In turn, competition on the offensive line was sparse, which may have instilled an attitude that Leach didn’t particularly like.
He wondered if some of those players might have thought, “well, there’s only six, therefore I’m going to play.”
The series win won’t do a whole lot for the Cougs’ RPI, given that the Bears are horrible and play in an awful league, but they also didn’t hurt themselves with a sweep. And when it comes to the human element, they did exactly what would be expected of them by destroying a team that an NCAA tournament team ought to destroy.
Prior to Saturday’s game, Washington State will retire John G. Olerud’s No. 18…Olerud will be on hand for the ceremony and will throw a ceremonial first pitch…Seattle native was the 1988 NCAA Player of the Year when he hit .464 with 23 HR and 81 RBI while posting a 15-0 mark on the mound with a 2.49 ERA and 113 strikeouts…fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 11:30 a.m.