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Twitterless On The Palouse

John Blanchette's funny column re: WSU football coach Mike Leach's ban on Twitter:

John Blanchette @JPBlanchette

Coach Mike Leach has banned Washington State’s football players from Twitter. #ProblemsBabeHollingbery Didn’tHave

Generation Z @GenZCoug Who’s Babe Hollingbery?

Double Down @DoubleDownCoug

Does that change the point spread this weekend?

Cyber Stalker @CyberStalkingFan

My buds think the personal flotsam I find following players on Twitter means I hang with them. There goes my cachet. #40YearOldsWithNoLife

Cougar Crazy @CougarCrazy

Where will I go now to read crude, misogynistic hip-hop lyrics?

More here.

2 More WSU Defenders Arrested

Two Washington State football players were arrested in separate incidents over the weekend, marking the third and fourth projected defensive starters to be arrested this offseason. Defensive end/ outside linebacker Travis Long was arrested Friday for suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol by the Pullman Police Department. According to Pullman Police logs, Long's date of birth is listed as July 24, 1991, meaning he turned 21 on Tuesday. Defensive tackle Anthony Laurenzi was arrested two days later on suspicion of third-degree theft at 1690 S.E. Harvest Dr., the address of the Walmart shopping center in Pullman. Long and Laurenzi mark the third and fourth starters on the front seven to be arrested since head coach Mike Leach was hired in December/Andrew Nemec, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Dean Hare Daily News photo of Travis Long)

Question: Ah, is there a problem here?

WSU Upsets Pac-12 Leader Stanford

Washington State guard Faisal Aden (11) drives the baseline for a layup against Stanford forward Josh Huestis (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday in Pullman. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Few spectators braved the elements to watch Washington State host Stanford at Beasley Coliseum on Thursday – just 3,119 of them, to be exact. Faisal Aden showed up, though. The senior guard scored a career-high 33 points – 23 of them during a second-half onslaught that allowed the Cougars to overcome a 13-point deficit – to lead WSU to its first Pac-12 win since Dec. 29, an 81-69 upset over the conference-leading Cardinal. “That’s what we saw when we recruited him,” coach Ken Bone said/SR. More here. And: boxscore here.

WSU Cougs Makes Worst Uniform List

It’s not a surprise that the Oregon Ducks have ended up on a new list of the best and worst football uniforms. With multiple styles and colors of helmets, jerseys and pants, the Ducks’ fashion sense has been the talk of college football for a few years now, whether you like them or not. What may be surprising to some is the Washington State Cougars uniforms were named one of the nation’s worst by an expert panel put together by the Wall Street Journal. The main reason the Cougs' uniforms made the list was because of the font used for their numbers. “It's strange because the uniform has a classic design, but the font is trying to be modern,” said graphic artist Josh Vanover “It clashes”/AP via KREM. More here. (SR file photo: Marquess Wilson tries to outleap UW's Desmond Trufant in the 2011 Apple Cup but is unable to stop an interception.)

Question: Which athletic team (any sport) has the worst uniforms?

Moore Game Winner Sinks Vandals

Washington State guard Reggie Moore (1) hits this game winning shot with 0.9 seconds left over Idaho guard Deremy Geiger (35) as Stephen Madison (34) watches during an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday  in Moscow. Moore lead Washington State 15 points at they won 66-64. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dean Hare)

Question: Do you follow other Idaho Vandals sports as closely as you do football?

Leach’s First Hire Says Something

So just what is Washington State getting in new football coach Mike Leach? Who better to ask than the first hire for his football staff, David Emerick, whom Leach said will be chief of staff, basically making sure everything runs smoothly in the football office. Emerick first crossed paths with Leach as a football operations intern when Leach was offensive coordinator at Kentucky, then joined Leach’s staff at Texas Tech, moving his way up to the chief of staff position. The past two years he’s worked in football operations for the recently fired Mike Stoops at Arizona. That change opened the door for Emerick to move north. “There is no better guy in the country to work for than Mike Leach,” Emerick said Tuesday following Leach’s introduction to the Washington State faithful/Vince Grippi, SR. More here. (Christopher Anderson SR photo: New WSU football Coach Mike Leach is introduced to the fans at Pullman Tuesday)

Question: Do you consider yourself to be a WSU Cougar football fan? Or are you a fan only when the Cougars are playing well, every 5-6 years?

Leach Is Now WSU Cougar

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos, right, and new head football coach Mike Leach hold up a jersey during a news conference today in Pullman, Wash. Looking on at left rear is Leach's wife Sharon Leach. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Christopher Anderson)

Leach: ‘I’m Excited To Be Here’

Before a packed ballroom in the Compton Union Building Tuesday afternoon, Mike Leach was welcomed aboard as the new head coach of the WSU football program.Leach flew into Pullman early Tuesday and was introduced to the crowd by Provost Warwick Bayly and Athletic Director Bill Moos; President Elson Floyd was reportedly sick and could not attend the press conference.In his introduction to the man taking over the football program from Paul Wulff, Moos said of Leach that, “I talked to one man and I only wanted one man.”“I came back to Washington State to go to the Rose Bowl and we're going to go there,” Moos said/KXLY. More here.

Question: How long do you think Mike Leach will stay at WSU?

AM: Leach Era Starts At WSU Today

In this Oct. 24, 2009, file photo, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas. Today, Leach will be introduced at noon in Pullman as the new Washington State football coach. Story here. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

SI’s Mandel: WSU Scores Big Time

It's remarkable, really. Washington State has not been to a bowl game in eight years, going 9-40 over the past four seasons. Tucked in one of the most remote towns of any BCS conference, the school would seemingly be hard-pressed to attract a high-profile coach. Instead, Wazzu just landed a coach that took a Big 12 program to 10 straight bowl games, went 84-43, earned national coach of the year honors in 2008 and is considered one of the greatest offensive innovators in the sport. The Cougars just scored their biggest win in years. Mike Leach's two-year exile from coaching is over because a moribund Pac-12 program was able to do what Maryland and so many others could not: It got past the baggage. As a result, the Cougars won't be moribund much longer/Stewart Mandel, SI.com. More here. (AP photo of Mike Leach)

Question: Isn't it nice to have a college football team on the Palouse recognized for doing something right?

Lucrative WSU Deal Lands Leach

On Tuesday, Washington State – in the view of one of its old guard – lost its innocence. On Wednesday, the Cougars lost their minds. In the very best way, of course – providing you’re not wedded to a 1980s way of how Wazzu fits into the football jigsaw puzzle or bearish on how universities do their sweaty show business nowadays. For really the first time since college athletics became a runaway train, the Cougars have scrambled on board. Barely 24 hours after he’d officially lopped Paul Wulff and his $600,000 annual salary off the payroll as head football coach, athletic director Bill Moos leveraged $11.25 million of the school’s share of the upcoming Pac-12 television bonanza to hire a replacement/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

Question: Do you expect improving WSU to go to a bowl game in 2012?

Mike Leach Accepts WSU Offer

In this 2009 AP file photo, then Texas Tech coach Mike Leach talks with his team during an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M in Lubbock, Texas. Reportedly, Leach has been offered the head coaching job at Washington State.

Bill Moos has said all along he wants to make Washington State a destination for coaches, not a waystation. “This place deserves big-name people,” he said earlier this week during the press conference announcing Paul Wulff’s firing. Wednesday, Moos roped in one of the bigger names in the college football coaching ranks, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. Leach agreed in principle to a five-year contract that will pay him more than $10 million, according to athletic department sources. He’ll be introduced as WSU’s 32nd head football coach at a press conference Tuesday/Vince Grippi, SR. More here.

Question: Did WSU do the right thing by letting Paul Wulff go and hiring Mike Leach?

Blanchette: Can WSU Land Big Dog?

So if Mike Leach isn’t the next football coach at Washington State, where will the collective emotional crash fall on the Jeff-Tuel’s-shoulder/Connor-Halliday’s-liver scale? We got a taste of it Tuesday, when all the go-to media for preposterous rumor – Twitter, Facebook, iPhone and the backyard fence – had Paul Wulff’s firing augmented by arrival via private jet of Cougar fandom’s most wanted, the charismatic litigant late of Texas Tech. Yes! Bill Moos is going to announce the new coach – Leach – as he dismisses the old one! Raise the flag! Make those 2013 Rose Bowl reservations now! And a private plane from points east did indeed land at Pullman-Moscow Regional shortly after noon. Open swung the cabin door. Out came … well, a couple with more ties to the AARP than the NCAA. Good thing no one made banners and sent out the marching band/John Blanchette, SR. More here. (AP file photo of former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach)

Question: Do you think WSU can attract a big dog to take over football coaching duties?

TWolf22: What Can Pullman Offer?

TWolf22: Is Wulff a great coach? Probably not. But Pullman is not exactly Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix or even Eugene. What does Pullman have to offer a Blue Chip recruit after visiting the glitz of the big time schools who are also courting him? It is the rare instance when a legitimate big time recruit decides to go to WSU over any other big time D-I school. Hey big guy, just look at all the wheat. Never mind the big city flash and all that go with it, come and hunker down in the winter and make snow angels. Let’s face it, WSU is going to continue to be where they have historically been in the PCC, Pac 8, Pac 10, and now the Pac 12. Unfortunately … at the bottom.

Question: Would Washington State and UIdaho be able to attract more top-level recruits if they were located at Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, respectively?

Wulff Unplugged (Via Twitter)

Paul Wulff speaks at a news conference after he was fired as football coach at Washington State, in Pullman, Wash., this afternoon. (AP Photo/Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Geoff Crimmins)

  • Wulff: schools get into the boat of cycling through coaches every 4 years they never get over that hump and I don't want that for my school — KXLY.
  • He was fired as a coach. But he was not fired as a #Cougar — Patchin — 700 ESPN.
  • Would you take this challenge on again? “Hmmm, not unless I was guaranteed X amount of (years) coaching” — 700 ESPN.
  • Wulff: “I don't think there is a lot of things we could have done differently” — KREM.
  • It should be noted how professional Paul Wulff is conducting his Q&A right now. Focusing on the players' future — Daily Evergreen.
  • Wulff says he would like to be a head coach again. “I don't have to be, but I think I would want to” — SR.
  • Wulff: Cougs don't eat our own. Innocence of WSU has been lost here — SR.

Moos: Fan Apathy Prompted Ouster

Washington State athletic director Bill Moos shows an architect's rendering of the $80 million Martin Stadium remodeling project the WSU Board of Regents in Pullman, Wash., 10 days ago. Today, he's explaining why he fired football coach Paul Wulff this morning. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

WSU AD Bill Moos said moments ago in presser that lack of excitement and lowest giving among potential donors were key to his decision to fire football coach Paul Wulff this morning. He pointed out that WSU is planning to spend $80 million on football stadium renovations and has another $80 million worth of needs in the football program. Therefore, he said, the football program needed “energy” and a “spark” to get fans excited. Now, he said, he will begin a search for a new coach immediately and hopes to have that person in place in two or three weeks in order to keep some of the high school players who have verbally committed to Washington State. In the question-and-answer period that's still going on, Moos said WSU should be vying for conference championships and not content to settle for mediocrity.

Question: Who would you like to see as WSU's next football coach?

Paul Wulff Out As WSU Football Coach

WSU Head Coach Paul Wulff turns away from the Cougar huddle late in the Apple Cup game against Washington at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. WSu wound up on the losing end of the Apple Cup 38-21 Saturday. Wulff was meeting with WSU AD Bill Moos this morning to see whether he'll be back as Cougar coach to finish the final year of his 5-year contract.

  • Update (via SWX tweet): Paul Wulff to hold his own Q&A session at 3 p.m. in Pullman - one hour after #Moos presser

Paul Wulff has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at Washington State, The Spokesman-Review has learned. He was told in a meeting with Bill Moos this morning. Moos and Wulff met this morning, the final discussion in talks that began Sunday evening concerning Wulff’s status as head coach at his alma mater, a position he’s held for four years. During that time the Cougars posted a 9-40 record, including a 4-32 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. They were 4-8 this season/Vince Grippi, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the decision to fire Paul Wulff? I don't.

Whither Goeth Wulff?

Washington State coach Paul Wulff, right, walks onto the field with players before an NCAA college football game against Washington in Seattle. Wulff canceled his regular Sunday evening conference call with reporters. Washington State finished 4-8 this season after losing to archrival Washington in the Apple Cup. Wulff could learn as early as today whether he will be allowed to return for his fifth year as head coach of the Cougars. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The president of the university, Elson Floyd, has long felt Paul Wulff isn't right as football coach. The athletic director, Bill Moos, believes Paul Wulff is the long-term answer, and has said as much many times. In the next 24 to 48 hours we may well discover whether the athletic director is setting the direction for the athletic department or the president is/Vince Grippi, SR. More here.

Question: Should Paul Wulff be retained as head coach of the Washington State Cougars after four losing seasons?

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PM: Vaulter Competes With Leukemia

Washington State sophomore Shawn Swartz practices the high jump at Mooberry Track Tuesday afternoon in Pullman. Swartz recently returned to the track after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. John Blanchette SR story here. (Special to the SR: Kevin Quinn)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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