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Sun., Aug. 23, 2009, 8:12 a.m.

Sunday morning spin around the Pac-10


Most every Pac-10 team held a scrimmage yesterday, though I can't tell you whether Stanford did or didn't. Swear to god, I'm not sure the Cardinal will even show up in Pullman two weeks from now. They might have dropped the sport for all I know. Anyhow, read on for news from WSU and the rest of the Pac-10 – except Stanford.

• Washington State: We previewed the quarterback position this morning, though we couldn't tell you where the battle stood. We could say, with some certainity, WSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Todd Sturdy wants better play from the position this fall. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick writes about the Cougar defense, how poor it was last season and how hard it will be to improve this one.

• Around the Pac-10: Bud Withers of the Times has his Oregon preview. ... Though this isn't about the Pac-10 specifically, I had to link it somewhere and this seems as good a place as any. Our John Blanchette rips into the NCAA once again. ... Washington: The Huskies scrimmaged and, according to the Times' Bob Condotta, the receivers did well. ... Actually, Tacoma's Todd Milles wrote about the same thing. ... Oregon State: The defense might have been hot hard by graduation, but the disruptive nature of the pass rush is still in school. ... Oregon: Another young quarterback shines for the Ducks. ... Cal: When I kind find a story, I link it. When I find two stories, I link them both. Today we found two, a piece on the receivers and a report on Jahvid Best seeing more action. ...Stanford: Hello, anyone there? ... USC: Injuries may have hit the Trojans this fall, but the one position with depth upon depth, running back, is left untouched. And that may be a problem down the road. ...UCLA: Another scrimmage report. Guess what? Rick Neuheisel saw what he expected. ... Arizona State: Freshman quarterback Brock Osweiller learned there's a price to pay for holding the ball too long. ... Arizona: We'll end these links exactly how we started them, with a story saying the Wildcats have no idea who their starting quarterback will be.


• That's it for this Sunday morning. The Cougars don't practice until 3 p.m. today. We'll be back before then, however, with our offensive line preview. Then we'll have a practice summary. Until then …

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