700 ESPN Sports Beat | 3-23-16

Spring preview: Washington State Cougars

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Most pressing offensive storyline: The Cougars have a few players to replace on offense (more on that later), but if there was ever a year to be optimistic about Washington State football, it’s now. It’s not a question of if the Cougars will be good, it’s how good. Quarterback Luke Falk and wide receiverGabe Marks return to bolster what has the potential to be among the nation’s most high-scoring offenses.

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Seahawks GM says there’s no mystery to the fact that Marshawn Lynch has not officially retired yet

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has yet to file his retirement papers with the NFL. But Seattle general manager John Schneider said it just hasn’t happened yet and is not an indication he wants to continue playing.

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Gonzaga will have hands full against Syracuse

Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis, whose team lost by 25 points to Syracuse on Sunday, noted that “you can’t overlook how good their players are.”

Montana State coach Brian Fish said the Syracuse team that thumped his Bobcats by 22 in December has made a “tremendous amount of improvement.”

ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg called Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim a “fantastic game coach.”

Doesn’t sound like a 10 seed with 13 losses following mid- and late-season swoons that left many bracket gurus attaching the Orange to the NCAA tournament bubble.

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