What's Bill Doba up to these days?

By Al Thomas, Columbian staff writer

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It seems like a long time since Bill Doba coached Washington State, yet it’s been less than two full seasons. For anyone interested, Doba is living in retirement in Vandalia, Mich.

Doba had a good run in Pullman, 19 years and the last five as head coach. He left the top job with a winning record 30-29, but also left the talent cupboard virtually empty — as evidenced by the Cougs’ mark since he departed.

The South Bend Tribune did a feature on Doba prior to the WSU loss to Notre Dame. There were several amusing quotes:

n “When I went to sell my house (in Pullman), I didn’t know where the keys were. We never locked the doors.”

n “We sold safety. If the parents had an influence on the kid’s choice, we had a chance. If it was a ‘city’ kid, we’d just go on to the next one.”

n “It used to be that you could hold an empty beer glass out the window when you started driving down fraternity row, and by the time you were at the end it would be full.”

Some times, putting up with a head case just isn’t worth it. We’re referring to the Memphis Grizzlies and guard Allen Iverson. He made his season debut on Monday and guess what: He’s not happy coming off the bench.

It’s safe to say the Grizz are not going deep into the playoffs, maybe they won’t even make the playoffs. Most NBA power rankings have them slotted in at about 24 or 25.

So why, why, put up with Iverson?

He did not play in preseason or the first three regular-season games, having hurt a hamstring three days into training camp.

So how did A.I. react after the game on Monday?

“I had no problems (with the hamstring),” he said. “I had a problem with my butt from sitting on that bench so long. That’s the only thing I got a problem with.”