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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. 

Republic defeats Cusick 68-13

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Cusick vs. Republic playoff game.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

Overlap just makes our laps grow larger


Want to talk football? It's possible right now because the NFL schedule is in full swing and college football is coming down to the wire. Want to talk basketball? Why not, college basketball is ramping up and the NBA has been going for a while. It's overlap season, that exciting time of the year when all manner of sports fight for your attention with ads for Black Friday sales and snow tires. Read on.

Morning links: Luke Falk has already overcome many obstacles

Today we have a feature story on Luke Falk and his winding path to becoming Washington State's starting quarterback.

We supplement that story with a sidebar about Falk's sisters, a pair of country music singers living in Nashville.

There are more WSU and Pac-12 links after the jump.

WSU underclassmen scrimmage indoors

Keith Harrington starred on Thursday Night Football again. That's not unusual. But he did it in an unusual setting today.

Because of a suggestion to coach Mike Leach made by injured quarterback Connor Halliday during a recent phone call, the Cougars have practiced indoors all week to prepare for the unseasonably warm temperature they'll play in this weekend.

We've got a report from WSU's weekly underclassmen scrimmage after the jump.

EWU sports chat Nov. 20 (noon)

Read the transcript from this chat in the extended post.

Day after Saint Joseph’s

Not sure there's much to add after Gonzaga's 94-42 beatdown of Saint Joseph's last night, but we'll give it a shot.

Here's my gamer and Jesse Tinsley's pics.

More in my day-after post below.

Sometimes we are just a fool in the rain


From here to there and back again. Sounds like a '60s/'70s music anthology featuring Led Zeppelin or someone. But no, that's not it. It just describes where we are headed today. Read on.

Morning links: WSU takes on former player

You might remember a freshman during Paul Wulff's final season as Washington State football coach named Jordan Simone.

Or you might not. Simone only really played on special teams and didn't have a scholarship. Well, he's got one now at Arizona State and has emerged as one of the Pac-12's leading tackler just a couple years after deciding to quit football. Our story in today's paper looks at his path back to the gridiron.

More links are after the jump.

Zags pummel Hawks 94-42

Saw some things Wednesday night that I haven't seen before at the McCarthey Athletic Center, or any arena, for that matter.

Score with 8:35 left in the first half: GU 29, Saint Joseph's 5. Score at halftime: GU 48, Saint Joseph's 10. Score early in the second half: GU 60, Saint Joseph's 11.

Gonzaga put on a show during its 94-42 victory over the Hawks. My unedited game story is below. Here are some great game pictures from Jesse Tinsley.

I'll have a day-after post up in the morning.



GU defeats St. Joseph 94-42

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered GU's home game against Saint Joseph.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

No practice report tonight

Conflicting duties mean we won't be able to bring you a practice report tonight. The Cougars  practiced for about two hours in their indoor practice bubble, as they have all week, to prepare for Saturday's game at Arizona State.

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