News broke late last night that Huskies receiver Kendyl Taylor will transfer from Washington. Taylor later confirmed his departure on Twitter, and then added a brief note explaining his decision.
With Taylor's departure, there are now just 12 players remaining from UW's 25-man 2012 signing class. That class included two junior-college players -- Travis Coons and Josh Banks -- who had only two years to play, meaning 11 of the 25 signees left UW before their eligibility expired (one of them, Kalei Auelua, never arrived).
Those players are: DE Kalei Auelua (reportedly wasn't accepted into UW, now plays for New Mexico State); OL Nathan Dean (left the program); OL Taylor Hindy (transferred to Syracuse); RB Ryan McDaniel (medical retirement); LB Blake Rodgers (transferred to San Diego State); WR Kendyl Taylor (transfer); LB Shaq Thompson (NFL draft); DE Pio Vatuvei (dismissed); CB Cleveland Wallace (transferred to San Jose State); DB Darien Washington (transferred to Portland State); and RB Erich Wilson II (transfer).
The 12 remaining players are: DB Brandon Beaver, OL Shane Brostek, OL Jake Eldrenkamp, OLB Psalm Wooching, P Korey Durkee, QB Jeff Lindquist, LB Cory Littleton, WR Jaydon Mickens, QB Cyler Miles, DT Damion Turpin, RB Dwayne Washington, OL Cory Fuavai (went by Cory English at time of signing).
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--- Here's a transcript of Washington State men's basketball coach Ernie Kent's weekly press conference -- the Cougars visit the Huskies on Saturday at noon -- that includes an interesting comment about UW coach Lorenzo Romar:
The thing that I can tell you about Lorenzo, I think any time you have success in a program where you have built it and people start to get used to that success, that there comes a point in time where they stop celebrating you and start tolerating you. I hope they never get to that point over there because he's one of the best basketball people in this game and what I mean by that is, not only does he coach the game but he cares about his kids, he's an ambassador of the game, he handles himself extremely well and you throw all those ingredients together you've just got an outstanding basketball coach over there. That's the thing that I remember about him, that's the thing that I see when I stepped away from coaching: he's on the board of directors with me and we try to shape, help shape college basketball. You can see that he's somebody that cares about kids, cares about the game just like I do.
There are two Pac-12 basketball games today ...
Colorado at Utah, 6 p.m., ESPN2
California at USC, 8 p.m., ESPNU
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