Friday, May 16, 2008

Good Behavior Already an Issue for Hicks?

Yeah, that whole good-behavior thing? It was a nice idea with Xavier Hicks, but, unfortunately we're off to a rocky start. As part of Hicks' sentence, he must participate in a work-release program. After a routine check-up on Hicks, well, he wasn't there. Per the Times today, Hicks was not where he was supposed to be. This latest mess-up could likely result in Hicks having to serve the full 45-day jail sentence, instead of the hoped-for 30 days based on good behavior. Maybe there is a legit excuse or a mis-communication. However, at this rate I'm beginning to wonder if we've seen the last of Hicks in a WSU uniform.

Insert heavy sigh....NOW. You hate to see kids screw up, but it's even worse when they are on their last "strike", been given second-third chances, etc. He's hanging by a thread, so you would hope he would make the right decisions at this point. We'll see how it turns out, but so far, NOT so good.

Wulff mentioned in an article on Cougfan the other day about who would be in line to take over for Hicks, at least in the first three games of his '08 suspension. The two most prominent names are Myron Beck and Easton Johnson. If you don't recognize the names, you aren't alone. Both are walk-on JC transfers. But it might not be the end of the world here.

Beck is an intriguing guy. 5-11, 205, led his JC league in Glendale, AZ in picks last year. He's a Seattle kid who was excited about coming back to the northwest when he committed in January. Here's some tidbits from his bio on signing day:

Myron Beck, S, 5-11/205, RS-SO, Seattle, Wash. (Ingraham HS '06)

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner at Ingraham High School...led Metro League in receiving as a JUNIOR...hauled in 52 receptions for 952 yards and 12 touchdowns...named first-team All-Metro Sound Division...named a Seattle Times White Chip prospect following his SENIOR campaign...posted 34 receptions for 828 yards and three touchdowns...two-way player was named first-team All-Metro Sound Division as both a wide receiver and defensive back.
EASTERN ARIZONA: Redshirted the 2006 season.
GLENDALE COLLEGE: Led the Western States Football League with six interceptions as a REDSHIRT FRESHMAN, returning three for touchdowns...named NJCAA All-Region First Team and second-team All-WSFL

Another sad commentary here is looking at the recent run of stories in the Seattle Times that are WSU-related. I know the Times HATES us, heck they have UW alums running the show there, but in order, here's the most recent WSU headlines:

WSU safety Xavier Hicks pleads guilty to assault, theft

We sound like a broken record here. But we've got to get that culture turned over.

Finally, Wulff was on KJR a couple of days ago with Husky Honk Dave Softy Mahler. It's a pretty good listen, as it always seems to be with Wulff. Wulff is open and honest about things, including the WSU-UW rivalry, and dealing with the APR issues. Give it a listen here.


Hooty McBoob said...

Beck looked very good in the last scrimmage of the spring. As I recall, he played up in the box quite a bit and had some nice hits. I had predicted him to be our nickel back but now it certainly looks as if he'll have a much more prominent role.

Sedihawk said...

Good to hear it hoot. I hadn't heard a thing about him until recently. He'll probably benefit from the early PT and if/when Hicks returns we'll be in better shape back there.

kaddy said...

Wulff says the Roof story doesn't necessarily have all the facts yet. Also sounds like Ivory is making good progress on his grades.