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U-Hi standout to walk on at WSU

College football: University High School senior quarterback Conner Johnson accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play at Washington State after a trip to Pullman during the weekend.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Johnson had a record-breaking season, leading the Titans to the postseason.

Johnson finished with 2,215 yards passing, second most for a single season in Greater Spokane League history. He completed 148 of 247 attempts and had 23 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

McDonnell leaves Idaho for Tulane

College football: John McDonnell has left his position as offensive line coach at Idaho to coach the line at Tulane.

McDonnell, a Gonzaga Prep grad and former assistant at Washington State, coached at Idaho just one season.

McDonnell will be part of Curtis Johnson’s start for the Green Wave. Johnson, a former Idaho Vandal wide receiver, was named head coach in December.

Other local ties to Johnson’s staff include offensive coordinator Eric Price, who was the quarterbacks coach at WSU from 1998-2000. He is the oldest son of former WSU coach Mike Price.

Idaho has not announced a replacement for McDonnell.

Gonzaga men back in AP poll

College basketball: The Gonzaga men’s team returned to the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 24 on Monday. The Bulldogs (17-3, 7-1 WCC) are 26th in ESPN/USA Today’s latest poll.

The Bulldogs have a big week as they visit WCC newcomer BYU on Thursday and Pepperdine on Saturday.

Saint Mary’s, which thumped BYU on Saturday to remain unbeaten in conference at 10-0, moved up to No. 18 in AP and No. 16 in the coaches’ poll.

• The Gonzaga women moved up from 22nd to 20th in the newest AP women’s Top 25 poll.

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