Dec. 5, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Ken Bone looks on against he Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second half at the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The Bulldogs would go not beat the Cougars by a final score of 71-69. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports
Poor Ken Bone. Just when you thought that the Cougars might have changed their fortunes at point guard and they could maybe make a run at respectability under a struggling coach, they lose another one.
Danny Lawhorn, the highly touted junior college transfer out of San Jacinto JC in Pasadena, CA has left the University completely. The exact violation was undisclosed, but all reports had it pegged as an issue in conjunction with the school itself, not the basketball program that was being investigated by police.
Lawhorn was definitely a big part of Ken Bone’s plans this season. We believed he would have been the starter at point, though CF.C seemed to think he may have just been an important 15-18 minutes a game role player. Either way, it is a mute point now (no pun intended).
And just think, Lawhorn’s ability to even join the team was due to the coaching staff’s decision to essentially usher Tanner Lancona out the door after he had signed his letter of intent to play at WSU. Seems to me like karma has officially taken it’s stand against the Cougars.
You know Bone is going to say all the right stuff in the media room, but when he goes home at night (if he can even do that now), he’s pulling out his hair, or possibly taking the scissors to it. This is nobody’s fault but his own for slapping commitment in the face and begging karma to intercede. Reminds me of what happens when you wear a tie that more represents your opponents colors than your own teams’ (see picture above… against GONZAGA). All I can do is shake my head.
At any rate, the prospect that really never should’ve been here based on available room… well, he gone.
If Bone doesn’t come up with a miracle season in an improving Pac-12 Conference that saw the Cougars near the bottom last season, he’ll be gone too.
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