Cabo time casts shadow on Viks

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Wildly different stories have emerged from the Mexico fight fiasco involving Portland State players Jeremiah Dominguez and Scott Morrison, the latter supposedly the man who beat up 23-year-old Kyle Meagher of East Lansing, Mich.

Depending on the version, Meagher either couldn't identify the two perpetrators or implicated Dominguez and Morrison. The two maintain their innocence, PSU officials say, although both have been suspended from offseason team activities.

What are their futures at Portland State? Morrison has used up his eligibility but not finished school. Dominguez has one year left to play.

The Vikings say their scholarships are not in jeopardy, even if the two become embroiled in a civil lawsuit. But Dominguez's playing status depends on what happens.

Coach Ken Bone, attending the Final Four in San Antonio with his family, says he will talk with Dominguez and Morrison on Monday. Does he foresee Dominguez playing next year?

'I'm not worried about that right now,' Bone says. 'I know Jeremiah well enough. I find it hard to believe he did much wrong, if anything. The only thing I heard was he probably got scared and ran. I don't foresee him getting kicked off the team for getting afraid and running in a foreign country.'

As far as Morrison, 'I've never seen anything close to that side of him,' the coach says of the reportedly aggressive, vicious beating of Meagher.

Morrison and Dominguez were released from a Mexican jail and supposedly somewhere other than Portland late this week. Bone wonders why the two were freed, if the crime was as egregious as he had read about.

• I called Gonzaga Athletic Director Mike Roth to ask his impression of Bill Grier, supposedly Oregon State's pick to be head coach. He obliged:

'We had great confidence in him at Gonzaga,' Roth says of Grier, who spent 16 years at the private Spokane, Wash., school before leaving for San Diego, where he guided the Toreros to this year's NCAA Tournament. 'If something were to have happened to Mark (Few), he would have been our next head coach.

'He's a class act. Very good recruiter. He has a good rapport with kids - he's not a guy who's all hugs and kisses; when disciplined needed to be meted out, he would do it.'

Then my conversation with Roth drifted to Few-to-Oregon rumors. Roth went off, accentuating his point by referring to Few's enormous, 10-year rollover contract and emphasizing the Bulldogs' goal of winning the national championship.

'If Mark wasn't happy here, he wouldn't be here,' Roth says. 'He's had all kinds of (job) opportunities, and he's elected to stay with us. He likes it here and what we've done to make the program better. We've created a comfort zone for him … we try to do things to show our appreciation and that we care.'

Roth and Oregon AD Pat Kilkenny are tight and talk frequently.

'Pat and I haven't talked about it,' Roth says of Few becoming the successor to UO coach Ernie Kent. 'It's not a topic of conversation, by any stretch of the imagination. But it's far from me to question what goes on at U of O, even they though (Pat's) my very good friend.'

• Lake Oswego's Kevin Love hopes to lead UCLA to the national championship.

Meanwhile, Southridge's JJ Hones and Lakeridge's Jillian Harmon hope to help Stanford make the women's title game in Tampa, Fla. The Cardinal might need Hones' outside shooting and Harmon's frontcourt offense against Connecticut on Sunday; the Stanford-UConn winner plays the Tennessee-LSU winner on Tuesday for the national title.

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