Wealthy Washington State Basketball Player Gives Up Scholarship To Teammate

WAZOO PLAYER HELPS COUGARS GET UNDER SALARY CAP: The SEATTLE TIMES has the bizarre tale of Washington State basketball player Taylor Rochestie giving up his scholarship to enable coach Tony Bennett to give another player a full ride:

Taylor Rochestie

This week, 6-foot-5 guard-forward Marcus Capers of Winterhaven, Fla., committed to WSU for 2008-09 — after WSU junior guard Taylor Rochestie decided to give up his scholarship. Rochestie’s decision allowed the Cougars to squeeze in Capers with the NCAA maximum of 13.”

The S-T doesn’t get specific on the exact reason why Rochestie gave up his scholarship, but notes that Rochestie’s “Santa Barbara, Calif., family is able to afford the loss of the scholarship.”

Santa Barbara? Say no more.