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Idaho’s Florida connection jazzed to go home again

What everyone else in college football calls “body bag games” are something entirely different to guys like Richard Montgomery and Jacob Sannon.

Of course, there isn't an underdog out there who thinks he's auditioning to be a victim. 

Click on the link for more on the Vandals. 

WSU pregame chat


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Ewu sports chat Aug. 28 (noon)

Read the transcript from Thursday's chat here:

You’ll need some time to get through today’s links

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You working today? If you are, I'm sorry. This is the type of day that should only occur on a Saturday. Or a Sunday. Or a holiday. That's it. Today should be a holiday. Read on.

Eastern football links

Don't forget, it's Thursday, which means we will be chatting at noon on all things EWU sports. … Saturday's game against Montana Western offers one of the visitors a chance for a memorable homecoming. … Want more on Saturday's game? Here is the official release from the Eagles, plus the MWU football home page. … The Washington Huskies are preparing for their opener Saturday at Hawaii. The Tacoma News Tribune has more on the Dawgs, who leave this afternoon for Honolulu. … Here is the latest on Montana State, courtesy of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. … The Billings Gazette offers a look at the future of FBS vs. FCS games. … UC Davis has perhaps the toughest opening-week assignment of any Big Sky  team. … I also don't envy Idaho State, which is at Utah tonight. …

WSU game day links

Well, everyone, the countdown is over. Zero days until Cougar football. Still quite a few hours however, now that college football is a nocturnal sport, so let's pass the time with some links.

Pena turns attention to playoffs

Wednesday night served as a playoff tune-up for Spokane Indians starter Richelson Pena, who capped his regular season with a fine performance marred by basically one pitch — a 0-2 high fastball that Salem-Keizer's Austin Slater deposited over the left-field fence for a three-run homer in the third inning. The next batter, Skyler Ewing, doubled to left field before Pena closed his night by retiring the final 11 Volcanoes, including five by strikeouts. Read story

Good news for Dish subscribers

I just arrived in Seattle and saw that there is some good news for Dish subscribers who want to watch tomorrow's game between Rutgers and Washington State.

More after the jump.

Wednesday WSU football chat

 

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Pac-12 power rankings: Week 1

The first iteration of our weekly power rankings are in the paper today. I'm also going to share these weekly snapshots here as well.

Let me know what you think.

Eastern football links

The way the Eastern Washington players and coaches were talking Tuesday, you wouldn't know the Eagle were coming off a three-touchdown win last weekend. Up next: Montana Western, an NAIA school, and here's the early scoop from EWU and also from Montana Western. … One UW player offers an interesting blend of culture, as this Seattle Times story  explains. The Tacoma News Tribune profiles Husky defensive back Budda Baker. … Montana has a big opener Saturday at Wyoming.

One more day to Cougar football

Today is the last day of Washington State's offseason. We'll wrap it up today with a live WSU football chat right here on SportsLink at 11 a.m.

Until then we have some links, after the jump.

Indians will affect postseason races

The Spokane Indians don't have to worry about qualifying for the Northwest League playoffs, as they took care of that by winning the North Division first-half title. But the Indians will definitely have a say in what two teams join Spokane and South Division first-half champion Hillsboro in the best-of-3 divisional round, which begins Tuesday. Read story

Hits highlight underclassmen scrimmage

One thing I love about watching these underclassmen scrimmages, the young defenders always load up for the big hit. Not that the hits are illegal or especially dangerous – I haven't seen anyone try to spear a teammate or lead with the helmet or anything like that – but with their older teammates watching and commenting from the sideline it's apparent the defenders want to assert themselves.

Follow the jump for more on today's scrimmage and the rest of practice.

Chalich, Linehan to share QB duties in opener

Call it resolution or call it compromise, but the big question dogging the Idaho Vandals into the first week of the college football season — who's the quarterback? — has been answered.

It's both of them.

More on the Vandals below.  

 

Our local sports community is virtually endless

A GRIP ON SPORTS

Social media is really big on creating virtual communities, groups of people with like-minded interests that gather in the ether of the Internet to converse and commiserate. It's a pretty new phenomenon, though it mirrors something I've seen going on in Spokane for, I don't know, 30 years. Read on.

The end of the Seattle game

Bill Moos had a full day in Seattle yesterday, promoting Washington State athletics as part of Seattle Week leading up to Thursday's game against Rutgers. He did radio, television, and even stopped by the Seattle Times for a live chat.

It may be the last time Moos does this for a while. While he says that he still will stump for WSU in Seattle, he won't send his football team there any longer unless it's for an Apple Cup.

That's the main item in today's WSU notebook.

More links are after the jump.

Playoff picture remains scrambled

The Northwest League regular season is down to one week and seven games. First-half champions Spokane of the North Division and Hillsboro of the South know that they'll open best-of-3 divisional series on Sept. 2, but their opponents are still unclear. Read story

No LaRue at WSU’s practice

Tomorrow will be a Thursday Night Football underclassmen scrimmage, Wednesday will be a walk-through and travel day and on Thursday the Cougars open the season in Seattle against Rutgers.

So, today was the last “typical” day of practice, complete with drills, more drills, some passing drills and even the far-off echoes of electric drills from last year's constant construction reverberating around the Palouse.

Our practice report is after the jump.

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