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Mike Leach Monday press conference

Here is a video of Mike Leach addressing the media during Washington State's Monday press conference, courtesy of WSU Athletics. A transcription of the highlights is available after the jump.

Hawks block Cardinals’ path to NFC West title – for one day at least


Ask a group of football coaches what play really swings momentum during a game and you'll get a variety of answers. A kickoff return for a touchdown, one might say, just because of how suddenly it deflates an upbeat team. An interception return for six, another may chime in. But there is one play that seems to pop up in this discussion more than any other. A blocked punt. Read on.

Morning links: Apple Cup returns to Pullman

The Apple Cup returns to Pullman on Saturday, where the Cougars could have a nearly unprecedented level of success in front of their home crowd. That's the thrust of today's story.

We've got more links after the jump.

Chiefs master one-goal wins

Eight of the Spokane Chiefs' 12 wins this WHL season have been by one goal. Sunday night continued the trend as Spokane won its third 2-1 game in three days. Read story

Day after St. Thomas Aquinas

No. 13 Gonzaga faced winless Division-II St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) on Saturday and the result was predictable: GU 109, STAC 55. The margin of victory eclipsed GU’s 52-point win over Saint Joseph’s earlier in the week for most lopsided win in the McCarthey Athletic Center.

My game story here (Correction: GU's last non Division I game was last season against D-II Chaminade in Maui, not LCSC two years ago) and Colin Mulvany’s photos here.

More below in the day-after post.

Too many turnovers make Cougars sick


Usually on Saturday night, I have a nice dessert. Something special, as in a piece of chocolate cake or a hot fudge sundae. But last night, after a dinner of comfort food – including mac and cheese – I skipped dessert. Nope, not because I'm watching my waistline. Mainly because I had my sugar quota for the day thanks to Washington State: A lunch that was “highlighted” by five turnovers. Read on.

Morning links: Pac-12 blowouts abound

Stanford outscored California in every quarter of the big game and cruised to a 38-17 victory. That was the closest of the Pac-12's games in a week full of crooked scoreboards.

Game recaps and other links are after the jump.

Gonzaga improves to 4-0

Gonzaga thumped D-II St. Thomas Aquinas 109-55 on Saturday night to conclude a 4-0 home stand to open up the season. None of the four were close. SMU, which was ranked No. 22, trailed Gonzaga by 25 in the second half and trimmed the final margin in the closing minutes.

My unedited game story is below. Check back for a day-after post tomorrow morning.



Final thoughts from the ASU game

WSU got the result expected of unranked teams from WA that visit the desert, but not in the manner most expected.

In many ways Luke Falk still looked very impressive for a freshman quarterback. But for the first time we also saw some blemishes. And against an attacking defense, and with a defense that didn't give him second chances, they were the difference in a blowout loss and an upset win.

I've got a few thoughts from the game after the jump.

Gonzaga defeats St. Thomas Aquinas 109-55

S-R photojournalist Colin Mulvany covered GU's home game against St. Thomas Aquinas.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Mt. Spokane defeats Shadle Park 35-20

S-R photojournalist Tyler Tjomsland covered Mt. Spokane vs. Shadle Park 3A quarterfinal.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

An early start to college football’s Saturday


I hope the bacon is already cooking. The pancake batter better be mixed and ready to go. And the oranges cut in half, waiting to be squeezed. Why? The Cougar game is about ready to start. Brunch before the game or lunch at halftime? You decide. Read on.

Morning links: WSU is probably already playing

Good morning. Washington State plays at Arizona State in just four hours (probably less by the time you are reading this) so let's get right to those links.

Links are after the jump.

Unloading the quote book: Ernie Kent wins first as WSU coach

It wasn't pretty, but Washington State men's basketball coach doesn't expect many wins to come in that fashion in his first year at the helm in Pullman. 

Friday night's 80-68 win over Idaho State at Beasley Coliseum showed as much. 

I unload my quote book from Kent and players after the jump. 

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