Might Kaufusi get reinstated?

The chances that Washington State linebacker Sekope Kaufusi might be reinstated to the team got better this week, as marijuana possession charges have been dropped.

Further, Kaufusi's attorney told Cougfan.com that "there were questions on both sides about the legality of the search of Kaufusi’s apartment by Pullman Police."

Kaufusi's arrest came after Pullman Police pursued an anonymous tip about the smell of marijuana smoke allegedly coming from Kaufusi's apartment. More than a few folks around the program immediately recalled the peculiar, controversial arrest by Pullman Police of former Cougars QB Marshall Lobbestael on Because We Can charges.

While new coach Mike Leach has taken a hard-line approach with discipline, the Cougs could really use Kaufusi. Leach previously booted linebacker C.J. Mizell after he was arrested on an assault charges on Feb. 5, and Alex Hoffman-Ellis graduated.

Therefore, the Cougars are trying to install a 3-4 defense this spring despite losing the three starting linebackers from 2011.

Kaufusi, a promising junior, recorded 42 tackles and two sacks in 11 games last year at strongside linebacker.