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Nothing trivial about Saturday’s game


We are going to share some trivia with you today. Which is different than our usual column, in which we mainly share something trivial. Only one letter different, maybe, but we'll go with that. Read on.

Friday morning Pac-12 links

The sun rises. The rooster crows. The links publish. But not necessarily in that order.

Gonzaga Prep GSL 4A champs

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Gonzaga Prep vs. Ferris game.  Check out this photo gallery of game photos.

Rogers defeats North Central

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered Rogers' 30-21 win against North Central. Check out this gallery of game photos.

Thursday Night Football and other practice notes

The Cougars held their weekly underclassmen scrimmage but first had one final practice to prepare for USC.

Our practice report is after the jump.

Ewu sports chat Oct. 30 (noon)

Read the transcript of today's chat in the extended portion of this post.

Sometimes you just have to tip your cap


I'm not really sure what to write about today. The weather, maybe. We are supposed to have a 60-degree day, which is nice. Or should I do something related to WSU or Eastern? Hey, I know. How about some cross country or tennis? Anything but baseball. Read on.

It’s deja Vandal all over again

Now where have we heard this before?

After a bye week that gave them extra time to savor their first victory of the 2014 football season, the Idaho Vandals are deep into prep mode for a run at two in a row when they host Arkansas State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Kibbie Dome. And the news from coach Paul Petrino this week? That both Matt Linehan and Chad Chalich (pictured above) figure to see action at quarterback.

For more on the Vandals, the click on the link below. 

Morning links: Halliday perseveres

Connor Halliday has had a great season in some respects, but it's not been the season the Washington State quarterback had hoped for. That's the thrust of today's story, which looks at the record-slaying quarterback's quest for wins.

We'd also be remiss if we didn't pass along a great story by Michael Weinreb that delves into the complex relationship between Halliday and his coach.

Less Halliday but more links, after the jump.

Preparing for USC’s defense

Three WSU coaches were asked about USC's defense and all three uttered the word “athletic” shortly thereafter.

The Cougars hope that the work they put in during Wednesday's practice can combat all that athleticism. How did it go? Our practice report is after the jump.

Live WSU football chat


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An end to a season and an unproductive era


Today is the final day of the baseball season. Yesterday was the final day of something else in Seattle. Read on.

WSU women tip off the season

The Washington State women's basketball team accomplished a lot last season.

They won 17 games for the first time since 1994-95, reached the postseason for the first time since 1991 and beat Washington for the first time in 36 tries. Shoot, they beat the Huskies twice in one week.

Well with two all-conference returners for the first time in school history in Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley the Cougars have their sights set higher this season, which they're tipping off tonight in Beasley Coliseum with an event. Drop by if you're able, the Cougars have four starters and eight letter-winners back and it should be a good time.

Alright, back to football. We've got WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

WHL notes: Kailer Yamamoto tabbed for USA team

This week's Western Hockey League notebook leads with a huge honor for Spokane native and Chiefs rookie Kailer Yamamoto. Read story

CV defeats U-Hi 3-1

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Central Valley vs. University High girls volleyball game.  Check out this gallery of game photos.

Mike Price and Jeremiah Allison fire up the Cougars

Before today's practice former Washington State football coach Mike Price addressed the team.

We weren't close enough to hear what he was saying, but judging from how animated he became during his speech, we're guessing it was something inspiring.

Price coached the Cougars from 1989-2002, taking WSU to a pair of Rose Bowls and three 10-win seasons.

“A good guy, I've know him for years,” current coach Mike Leach said. “A great guy, actually the first time I ever came out here was to speak at a clinic he put on.”

One Price finished up and exited with his former QB, Jason Gesser, as escort the Cougars took the practice field and linebacker Jeremiah Allison did his best to fill the motivational void.

We have more on practice, after the jump.

Receiver Kristoff Williams done playing football at WSU

Mike Leach confirmed after Tuesday's practice that receiver Kristoff Williams is off the Washington State roster.

We have more on Williams' departure after the jump.

WSU vs. USC: game notes and depth chart

Washington State sent out the game notes for this Saturday's game against USC. Included is an updated depth chart, on page 11, that shows a few notable changes. Pat Porter is now officially listed as the starting field cornerback and Taylor Taliulu is starting over Sulaiman Hameed at strong safety. Darius Lemora is still listed as the starting strong safety after not playing last weekend against Arizona. Also, Kristoff Williams hasn't played since the Nevada game but he has been listed on the two-deep. He's been removed and Dom Williams is now the backup X and Z receiver.

The game notes are after the jump.



Gonzaga poised to have a special year


There have been rumblings up around Boone St. and Hamilton Ave. You know, about how this may just be the best team Mark Few's put together at Gonzaga. Looking over the roster, the talent certainly is there. But talent is only part of the equation. Solving for FF, as in reaching the Final Four, is always about the other variables. Read on.

Morning links: Cougars contemplate perfection

Mike Leach and players met with the media yesterday for the USC edition of our weekly press conference. The game will be played at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday here in Pullman. Until then, let's get to those links.

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