In a couple of hours, the Washington State football team will kick off the 2009 season with what is sure to be a spirited practice. There will be no hitting, of course, because the first two days the players are wearing no pads except their helmets. But there is sure to be a lot of running around, especially at the end when the coaches will find out just what type of shape the 90 or so players are in. Before we share that experience with you – no, I won't be doing any running, those days are long gone, but I can try to put you on the field through descriptive writing – we want to share today's news from WSU and around the Pac-10. Read on.
• I'm going to try something different this morning in the way of organization and see if it works for the rest of our morning posts. We'll start with whatever we've found relating to Washington State, then work our way through the Pac-10, highlighting the best work – not everything mind you, just what we liked the most – about each school, starting with Washington and ending in Tucson. Don't be afraid to tell me what you think.
• Washington State: We had two stories this morning (the unedited versions were posted last night), including an overview and a sidebar on assistant head coach Chris Ball. ... The Kitsap Sun has freelancer Howie Stalwick's season preview, part of which also ran in the Tacoma News Tribune and the Olympian. And that's it from the newspaper scene. This season, however, we will also link more often to on-line sites, if the post is free and worthwhile. Like this one from Cougfan summarizing Paul Wulff's press conference yesterday.
• Around the Pac-10: We'll always begin with any story that affects the entire conference and we have a perfect example in this piece by the LA Times Chris Dufresne about the Rose Bowl. ... Washington: The Times' Bob Condotta writes about Jake Locker's legacy, while Tacoma's Todd Milles looks at new coach Steve Sarkisian in depth. ... Oregon State: The Beavers are ready to start camp with "a lot to prove" according to coach Mike Riley. ... Oregon: It seems LeGarrette Blount is OK and in coach Chip Kelly's good graces. ... Cal and Stanford: Pretty empty today, but there is this story from last week on the quarterback situations. ... USC: Speaking of quarterbacks, the Trojans' situation is so interesting we have two stories, the Times' piece on the presumptive starter, Aaron Corp and this LA Daily News article focusing on freshman Matt Barkley. ... UCLA: Sorry, but there's nothing worth passing on. ... Arizona State: It may be hard to believe, but WSU isn't the only school that has to watch out for injuries. ... Arizona: No football news, but the said goodbye to Lute Olson this weekend and Greg Hansen had this to say about the bon voyage.
• That's it for this morning. We are going to attend practice, of course, then talk with the key players. We'll be back with our story for tomorrow's S-R and a lot more. Until then …