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USC at WSU to kickoff at 1:30 p.m.

Yesterday the Pac-12 announced that Washington State's home game against USC will kickoff at 1:30 p.m., making it the earliest WSU game of the season. It comes on the heels of WSU's first day game, this weekend's contest against Arizona, which starts at 3 p.m., a time that Mike Leach said on Wednesday is “probably the perfect time to play, really.”

The Cougars put a badly-needed bye week behind them yesterday by getting back to the normal game week routine and that meant a Monday press conference. We have video and highlights from Mike Leach's appearance as well as video of players Cole Madison, Jamal Morrow and Destiny Vaeao. We also have game notes and a first look at Arizona.

More links are after the jump.

WSU vs. Arizona game notes, depth chart

Washington State's game notes for this week's matchup against Arizona are out, along with a new depth chart that shows Peyton Pelluer as the starting Mike linebacker over incumbent Darryl Monroe. Monroe, a junior, has started every game following a redshirt season his first year on campus but has been somewhat limited in practice this week. While no other significant changes are listed on the depth chart, it will be interesting to see if players like Kalafitoni Pole and Charleston White are available after not practicing last week.

Destiny Vaeao has practiced at nose tackle in Pole's place, and today said that Pole “is down” during a press conference. Cornerback Kevin Griffin is not listed on the depth chart but practiced with the twos on Sunday.

The notes are after the jump, the depth chart is on page 11.

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Video: Jamal Morrow speaks to the media

Here's running back Jamal Morrow at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics:

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Video: Destiny Vaeao speaks to the media

Here's defensive lineman Destiny Vaeao at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU athletics.

  

 

 

Video: Cole Madison speaks to the media

Here's offensive lineman Cole Madison at today's Washington State football press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics:

 

 

Mike Leach Monday press conference

 

Washington State football coach Mike Leach addressed the media during his Monday press conference. The video above is courtesy of WSU Athletics and the highlights are transcribed after the jump.

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The Hawks are just average right now

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Who was it that said, “you are what your record says you are?” Or something to that effect? Read on.

Cougars return to the grind

The bye week is over and that means a return to our weekly Monday press conference. Washington State began their on-field preparations for Arizona last night with a short practice at Martin Stadium.

But that's not all. More links are after the jump.

Back to game preparations with a Sunday night practice

The Cougars returned to game preparations with their weekly 8 p.m. practice on Sunday night. Washington State only practiced for about 45 minutes or so but we've still got a practice report, and some quotes from defensive coordinator Mike Breske, after the jump.

A road block may be ahead this morning

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Sunday mornings are usually the pivot point for the football weekend. We look back, we look ahead. Not this morning. No rearview mirror today. We're headed full speed down the highway. Destination: St. Louis. Read on.

Oregon rises, Stanford does not

Oregon's offense was unstoppable on Saturday night and Stanford's never got started. Another wild Pac-12 weekend is in the books and we have links to the highlights, after the jump.

Chiefs continue trend of close, low-scoring games

It appears likely that the Spokane Chiefs will play many 2-1 and 3-2 games this season. Nine games into their Western Hockey League season, the Chiefs have played six games decided by one goal. Four of the final scores have been 3-2 and two have been 2-1. The Chiefs continued the trend Saturday during a 3-2 overtime loss to the Everett Silvertips at the Arena. Read story

Chalich steps in, Vandals step up to snap 13-game losing streak

Nuke LaLoosh, the bumpkin philosopher of “Bull Durham,” said it all: “I love winning, man. It's like, better than losing.” 

If they weren't clear on the concept before, the Idaho Vandals certainly were by Saturday night. RIding plays like Josh McCain's 49-yard touchdown catch of a Chad Chalich pass (pictured above), the Vandals halted a 13-game losing streak, dumping New Mexico State 29-17 to make it a happy homecoming weekend in Moscow. 

And for the record, yes, it seemed like genuine joy trumped the relief of ridding themselves of the longest drought in the Football Championship Subdivision, even if it was somewhat tempered by the blow to the head that sidelined starting quarterback Matt Linehan — though no one is saying the “C” word yet. 

For more on the Vandals and their victory, follow the link below.

 

Keith Harrington, running back

Freshman running back Squally Canada was one of the players absent during today's football practice. So during the Cougars' third and final Thursday Night Football scrimmage of the week, Keith Harrington got all the work between the tackles.

He's doing so well that running backs coach Jim Mastro won't give him back to the receivers. Mike Leach wouldn't go so far as to make the switch permanent for the receiver, who did play running back in high school, but admitted that “we're heading in that direction.”

More on today's practice is after the jump.

Four Cougars named to Phil Steele’s midseason All-Pac-12 teams

Phil Steele's magazine and website are go-to resources for statheads and football junkies and the relative success of his numbers-based prognostication means his awards lists carry more weight than most other analysts.

That's good news for four Cougars, who were named to Steele's midseason All-Pac-12 teams, including a pair of first teamers in offensive lineman Joe Dahl and receiver Vince Mayle.

Follow the jump for more on their selection.

Hawks say goodbye to Harvin

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Doesn't it feel as if you had vacations in Seattle that lasted longer than Percy Harvin's tenure there? Let's hope when you finally left town the hotel clerks and cab drivers spoke better of you than the Hawks have of Harvin. Read on.

Lots of Pac-12 intrigue today even without WSU

Washington State doesn't have a game today but a lot of other Pac-12 schools do. Follow the jump for previews of todays' action.

Kelowna streak may be best

The Kelowna Rockets, 10-0 to open the Western Hockey League season, are off to the best start in franchise history. Whether it's the best start in league history is hard to determine, because the league's official record book doesn't include that category. Read story

LCHS defeats CDA 45-42

S-R photojournalist Kathy Plonka covered Lake City High's  45-42 win over Coeur d'Alene in OT.

Gonzaga Prep defeats Central Valley 49-24

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Central Valley game.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

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