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Cougars give a sneak peek at white helmets Edit

The Cougars did indeed debut their white helmets at tonight's practice, albeit without any decals, which lasted for about an hour. Not all the Washington State players wore white helmets, but most of the regulars did. This is purely speculation on my part, but I would bet that we'll see white pants and white helmets on Saturday, and either crimson or anthracite jerseys. If WSU wears anthracite jerseys along with whatever Oregon comes up with (probably dark green numbers on a green jersey or something similar) it's going to be pretty tricking keeping track of who does what.

There were just a few noteworthy items from tonight's short practice but we also had the opportunity to speak with defensive coordinator Mike Breske and running backs coach Jim Mastro afterwards.

Notes and quotes from practice are after the jump.


At least one team got it done Saturday


Yesterday was a bottom-line type of day. And the bottom line was, the Cougars took care of business. The rest of the teams in the region? Not so much. Read on.

WSU wins in a blowout Edit

Last night was fun for just about everybody. It was fun for the Washington State players because they got to pile up stats and pick up that first win of the season. It was fun for the fans because the Cougars won and the stadium looked great. And it was fun for me because my duties actually ended before midnight and the Cougars finally had a home game, meaning I got to hang with Grippi in the press box and listen to old-man stories about the days when practices were open and players and sportswriters conversed as they pleased. Sure, Vince, like that ever happened.

Just about the only people it wasn't fun for were the Portland State Vikings, who not only had to suffer through a game they never really had a chance in, but then boarded a bus for a five-hour return trip to Portland. That's a rough travel day.

But there was a lot of good stuff that came out of yesterday so let's get to those links, which are right after the jump.

Vandals take a step back in 45-33 loss to WMU

So if a football team gives up touchdown plays of 61, 31, 57 and 39 yards it's possible that it could still survive, if the damage was limited to a few big plays. And if it surrenders 210 yards to a rugged running back, well, that might not be certain death — if they don't give up a bunch of big plays, too.

Except Idaho gave up the big plays and the big yards by the big back, and took a pretty big step back from their first week showing in a 45-33 loss to Western Michigan in Saturday's home opener at the Kibbie Dome.

The link below will take you to more on the Vandals.



Some final thoughts from WSU’s win over Portland State

The Cougars picked up a much-needed win in style on Saturday night, treating the 30,874 fans in attendance to a 59-21 blowout. It's easy to say that not much can be learned from a big win over an FCS opponent, but I don't buy that.

This game could have been close if the Cougars didn't put together their most complete game of the season to date, at least that's what I think. I've got a few other thoughts from this game, and I'll share them after the jump.


WSU vs. PSU: Final gamebook

Courtesy of WSU athletics.

WSU defeats Portland State 59-21

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered the Cougars' win against Portland State.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

WSU pregame chat


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Get ready to rake, autumn is here


Summer is unofficially over in the Inland Northwest. The Cougars are playing a home football game. In the more than 30 years I've lived in this area, that's always seemed to be the unofficial kickoff of autumn. Read on.

Pullman, populated

The is gridlock on Grand Ave, crowds at Cougar Country and I'll thank all you people to kindly get the heck out of My Office! Yes, Cougar football weekends must have returned to Pullman and if the sheer number of people that seem to be milling around my normally quiet college town are any indication, there should be a sizable crowd at the game today.

Because Washington State only offers night classes in football 101 these days the game won't kick off until 5 p.m. We'll get started early with a live chat an hour before kickoff, but until then the links will have to do.

Links are after the jump.

Friday night doubleheader

Lewis and Clark face off with Moses Lake and Ferris plays Coeur d'Alene at Joe Albi in the Friday night doubleheader.  S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered both games.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Chiefs near end of exhibition season

Thursday's exhibition game against Tri-City at Eastern Washington University's Rec Center was the sixth of seven that the Spokane Chiefs will play. The Chiefs will cap the preseason Saturday at Tri-City before turning their attention to the Western Hockey League's regular season. Spokane's first two counters will also be against Tri-City, Sept. 20 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick and Sept. 27 at the Arena. Read story

Teondray Caldwell leaves WSU

Teondray Caldwell has left the Washington State football program, as was first reported by's Chris Shaw. The team's representatives have a policy of not commenting on player attrition or transfers, but I have been able to confirm that the report is accurate.

Caldwell, a junior, will have to sit out the remainder of the season, as well as his new team's first two games next season if he transfers to an FBS school

We have more on this story after the jump.

(Update 5:02: Because Caldwell played in WSU's first game of the season he is not eligible to use his available redshirt at a new institution.)

Linehan family making its mark at UI … again

It was 30 years ago that Scott Linehan ascended to the starting quarterback's job at the University of Idaho, after an apprenticeship under Vandals legend Ken Hobart. 

Now he's the passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys after several coaching stops in the college and pro games — including two-plus seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Rams. And now his son Matt (in photo above) has taken over the family business as starting quarterback of the Vandals, though coach Paul Petrino insists the competition is still open between Matt and Chad Chalich.

For more on the Linehans and Idaho football, click on the link.


There are a few ‘must-wins’ out there this weekend


The weekend ahead? Let's pretend we're ESPN and have to label it, as the self-proclaimed world-wide leader is wont to do with everything. We'll call it “Must-Win Weekend,” and admit we have no future in marketing. Read on.

Friday morning Pac-12 links Edit

College football returns to Pullman tomorrow and the Cougars will finally be able to show off their new digs. Their opponent, Portland State, is the subject of our story in today's paper.

We have more WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

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Jim Allen Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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Jacob Thorpe Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

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