I know you like your morning post earlier, but this morning has included driving 90 miles, helping the cable guy and then, finally, getting to the web for stories. Found a couple interesting ones too, including a special basketball piece for the end, if you get that far. Before then, however, we have our usual morning blend of WSU and Pac-10 stuff. Read on.
• Washington State: Lots of comments from yesterday's question about expectations for this season. It's good to see people are looking at the upcoming season objectively. Let's keep the thread going and I'll check it to make sure it's moving along. Thanks. Now to the stories ... We have our preview of the defensive line in today's S-R, a story you could have read last night here. ... Found this feature on former Coug Brandon Gibson out of Philly. It will be tough for Gibson to break into a stacked receiver corps. ... As for blog reports, there's CougCenter's preview of the wide receiver group and highlights of James Montgomery's Cal year on WSU Football Blog.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller delves into the receivers at each school. After watching 21 practice, and even taking injuries into account, Jared Karstetter has moved to the top of the WSU list, with Kevin Norrell close behind. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel rates the fans around the conference. This is one rating in which Washington State isn't ninth or lower. ... Bud Withers of the Times previews Arizona State. ... Washington: Todd Milles writes about Husky redshirt freshman safety Greg Walker. ... The Husky picked up another commitment for next year, according to Bob Condott's Times blog. ... Oregon State: The Beavers will have a new middle backer for their opener. ... Oregon: The Ducks will scrimmage today, then begin work for the Boise State opener. ... Cal: News from both Bay Area schools. Woo hoo. Anyhow, Jeff Tedford named a starting quarterback. No surprise, it's ... Stanford: Maybe this is why there's never any Cardinal news. Coach Jim Harbaugh's new bathroom is being held up to ridicule. ... USC: An entirely new linebacker group doesn't seem to be a worry for the Trojans. ...UCLA: Though too many receivers seems to be for the Bruins. ... Arizona State: The NCAA Clearinghouse hasn't said they can play, but two freshmen are OK to take classes. ... Arizona: Though the big talk around town is Bob Stoops' pending divorce, the football conversation revolves around the quarterback position.
• That's it for this morning. Before we start on our linebacker preview story, we have this nugget for you concerning basketball recruiting. It's about former WSU signee David Chadwick. ... Football is on the in-school schedule today, with one practice at 3 p.m. (By the way, the Cougars have scheduled a scrimmage for Friday afternoon at 3:30.) We'll be there. And will have a post later. ... Also, someone asked why Jamal Atofau's arrest was at the bottom of the post yesterday. So I thought I would articulate how we deal with such things. Our sports department has developed a consistent policy over the years dealing with minor arrests we discover, not just pertaining to WSU but with all colleges. A transgression by a starter, who is usually mentioned in our newspaper often, rates a story in the paper in part because there is a high probability it will affect the school's performance on the field. One by a reserve, who isn't as crucial to the team and isn't in the public eye as often, is usually a brief in the paper. Someone who is not playing, is not expected to play, and has rarely been mentioned in the newspaper, is a note on the blog, where a large majority of our practice notes appear these days. The arrest this week was of the latter variety. Any story or brief we run in the paper is on the blog as well. Of course, major crimes, like this summer's burglary charges, are covered in more depth. This arrest I discovered after I had written the entire blog post on my day off, so I put it in at the end. ... We'll be back later. Until then …