It seems there we're back to the Pac-8. As we searched the web for conference news this morning, I was blindsided by the dearth of information concerning Cal and Stanford, the latter Washington State's first opponent in less than a month. Well, there is Cougar news, and some possible bowl changes. Read on for our usual morning post.
• Washington State: What more can I say about Paul Wulff's first day? If you read yesterday's posts, you had it all. Of course, there was this story in today's paper. One note about today before we move on. I have a couple of long interview scheduled for the time between practices, so there will be, at best, a short post available after the rookies get done practicing. Just wanted you to know. ... This part of freelancer Howie Stalwick's notebook at CougFan is available for free, so have at it. ... That's it for this morning.
• Around the Pac-10: For all of you a) complaining about the Pac-10's crappy bowl deals and b) wondering about new commissioner Larry Scott, this story might interest you. So should a winter trip to San Antonio. ... Washington: P-I on-line columnist Jim Moore has some opinions on coach Steve Sarkisian. You can guess what they are. ... Tacoma's Todd Milles relates some news on a new practice aid. ... One new receiver is really standing out according to Bob Condotta of the Times. Oregon State: Former Cougar player and Western Washington coach Robin Ross has found an unusual spot in Corvallis. ... Oregon: Speaking of new practice aids, the Ducks' are pretty darn hi-tech. ... Cal and Stanford: Like I said yesterday about the Bears, nothing, nada, zilch. ... USC: So Aaron Corp has a cracked fibula and will miss three weeks. It's an opportunity for freshman Matt Barkley. Oh, and another key Trojan is hurt. ...UCLA: The Bruins have a new guy anchoring the middle of the offensive line. ... Arizona State: There aren't many guys who kick and punt anymore. The Sun Devils wanted there to be one less, but it turns out Thomas Weber is the best guy they have at both jobs. ... Arizona: Talk about going to extreme measures to close practice.
• That's what we have this morning. As I said, with the time crunch this afternoon we may not be back until after the Cougars' second practice. And, before I forget, they will both be in full pads for the first time. Until then …