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Look Ma! I’m an Ambassador!

So this is happening Saturday. I'll be on the sidelines, in the Press Box, in the locker rooms and goodness knows where else! My husband is an EWU grad and we're season ticket holders. This is a really big game and will be televised on ESPN! No way, was I going to turn this gig down.

I've never aspired to sports reporting, so help me out here.

 Any burning questions I should ask coaches or players? Pitfalls to avoid?

 

The Slice: On football and bullfighting

Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach who brings an impressive resume and the notable “Air Raid” offense with him to Washington State, has his players’ attention in his first season in Pullman.

Paul Turner posted this on his Slice blog: “College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.” — Elbert Hubbard

Are you a college football fan? Which schoo/team do you follow?

BSU 2nd Academically Of Bowl Teams

If academics determined the Bowl Championship competitors, Oregon and Auburn would not be playing the championship game this year. They would be ranked seventeenth and twenty-first in the BCS standings. This is actually an improvement for Oregon over last year’s Academic BCS, when the team placed twenty-third. So who would be contending for the crystal trophy in Glendale, AZ, if the match-up was determined by academic performance? Stanford and Boise State are the class of the BCS, according to our rankings of the top 25 college football teams. That’s impressive, when you consider that both schools are in the top ten athletically as well — Stanford is ranked fourth, and Boise State comes in tenth in the BCS standings/Maggie Severns, Higher Education Watch. More here. (AP file photo: Boise State vs. Utah State Dec. 4)

Question: Does it matter to you how well the players on your favorite college team perform academically?

Murphy: Akey Puts Boise State No. 1

Idaho coach Robb Akey was one of 11 coaches to vote Boise State No. 1 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll, he confirmed in an interview with Jeff Caves of 1350 AM KTIK. Boise State was ranked No. 2 in the coaches poll released Sunday. Akey does a taped interview each Wednesday that runs during “Idaho Sports Talk with Caves and Prater” from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on KTIK. Listen here to Akey’s short answer on voting Boise State No. 1. … Last week, Akey hinted that he did not vote Boise State No. 1. He called Boise State “one of the top teams in the country,” but said I was “reading too much into that quote” when I asked if that meant he voted Boise State No. 1/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you forgive Idaho Vandal coach Robb Akey for voting Boise State as the top college football team in the nation?

Daily News: Utes, Buffs Upgrade Pac-10

The last two weeks saw a virtual hurricane blow through college athletics. Nebraska left the Big 12 to join the Big 10, the Pac-10 nearly destroyed the Big 12 by taking four schools and Boise State left the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott had a hand in most of it, and he nearly changed the landscape of college athletics. A week ago many football fans throughout the Palouse had visions of going to Martin Stadium to watch the Cougars take on the Texas Longhorns in conference play. It was an intriguing idea, and one that nearly came to pass, but last-minute wrangling by the old guard of the Big 12 halted Scott’s vision of a super Pac-16 conference. Now Coug fans can look forward to playing Colorado and Utah instead of Texas and Oklahoma, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing/Sandra Kelly, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

  • Cutline: University of Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, left, attends a news conference to announce the acceptance of an invitation to join the PAC-10 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (AP Photo/Deseret News,Mike Terry)

Question: Is the Pac-10 that much better with the addition of Utah & Colorado?

In The News: Colorado Jumps To Pac-10

Colorado football coach Dan Hawkins gesturing at a news conference during Big 12 Media Day in Irving, Texas, in this 2009 file photo. The Pac-10 conference says Colorado has accepted an invitation to become the league’s 11th member. The conference announced its first expansion since adding Arizona and Arizona State in 1978 this morning. Story here. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)

Question: Does Washington State belong in the Pac-10, Pac-11, or a possible Pac-16?

Pac-10 May Become Pac-16

Item: Source: CU already has Pac-10 invite/ESPN

More Info: With Nebraska apparently headed to the Big Ten, the Pac-10 is poised to become the Pac-16. Colorado already has received an invitation to join the conference, while five other invitations will be extended to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Question: Would you like to see the Pac-10 expand by 6 teams to become a conference w/2 divisions that includes Colorado, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech?

Breaking! Mountain West Won’t Expand

Boise State is not going to the Mountain West today, anyway. Commissioner Craig Thompson announced Monday that the conference’s nine presidents have decided to wait to make a decision on expansion until there is more clarity about what will happen with conferences around the country/Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: What do you think will happen with realignment in college football?

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