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Sun Belt invites Idaho to return

College football: Idaho this week will seek permission from the State Board of Education to join the Sun Belt Conference as a football-only member in 2014, the Idaho Statesman of Boise reported Monday.

UI athletic director Rob Spear told the Statesman that the apparent invitation from the Sun Belt has brought a “sense of relief.” Idaho left the Sun Belt in 2005 after four years to join the WAC, which has disintegrated with its core membership leaving for more stable conferences.

Spear told The Spokesman-Review that Idaho will likely meet with the State Board on Wednesday. The Vandals will operate as an FBS independent this fall, and they had already scheduled games as an independent for 2014.

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Romar happy to be a Husky

Men’s College basketball: Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said he’s had no contact from UCLA regarding its head coaching position.

Romar was asked about the UCLA job Monday during his season-ending news conference.

Romar is a Southern California native who worked as an assistant at UCLA from 1992-96, including the Bruins’ 1995 national championship season.

Romar, who has been at UW 11 years, said, “I’ve said I don’t know how many times, Washington wants me and I want to be here.”

Romar added that junior guard C.J. Wilcox has submitted paperwork to the NBA draft advisory committee to evaluate his draft prospects if he left early.

Associated Press

Titans land former Cougar

NFL: The Tennessee Titans have added another defensive lineman, agreeing to terms with former Washington State Cougar Ropati Pitoitua.

General manager Ruston Webster said the 6-foot-8, 315-pounder gives the Titans the size they’ve been wanting at defensive end.

Pitoitua is a four-year veteran with 37 games played in stops with the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs.

He started 10 of his 15 games last year with the Chiefs, where he led the linemen with 32 tackles, including five for loss.

Associated Press

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