It was so easy for everyone to get along when the Washington and Gonzaga college basketball programs weren't very good. The coaches knew each other, related to each other and regularly commiserated with each other over beers about their respective rebuilding projects.
Finally, they concluded: Why don't we play each other annually in a friendly rivalry?
So eager to make this happen and accommodate their cross-state buddies, the Pac-10 Huskies, with the upper hand in bargaining power, easily could have insisted on two-for-one, home-and-away scheduling with the mid-major school from Spokane and the West Coast Conference. But they generously settled for alternating sites. Everyone was so agreeable, so cordial.READ MORE»