It's a crowded morning, no doubt about it. It always is on Wednesday, as everyone writes about Pac-10 football. Plus, basketball is getting underway, so there's that as well. Read on.
• Washington State: The college basketball season kicks off for real Friday night, with the Cougars hosting Mississippi Valley State. We have our season preview, a feature on the life of senior Nik Koprivica. ... The Seattle Times has its previews of the men's and the women's teams, but I can't get the links to work on the paper's site, so I will hold off linking until I can (got the men's working, so you can hit it now). ... Back to football, we have our Pac-10 story. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has a WSU notebook. ... Also, our Steve Bergum has a story on the Cougar soccer team and its NCAA journey.
• Around the Pac-10: The main subject of the Pac-10 coaches conference call seemed to migrate toward the conference's round-robin schedule (you can read Paul Wulff's thoughts here). ESPN.com's Ted Miller has his thoughts in video form. ... The Times' Bud Withers shares his views. ... And the LA Times' Chris Dufresne also writes on the subject. ... Is the Quizz the Pac-10 offensive player of the year again? ... Washington: Coach Steve Sarkisian calls the Huskies plays. It's not something a lot of coaches do. ... Oregon State: Coach Mike Riley sees the game with Washington coming down to the wire. ... Oregon: What happened to the Duck defense that looked like the Pac-10's best until last week? ... California: Jahvid Best's season is on hold, and might be over. ... Stanford: As we wrote about today, the stakes are high this Saturday in LA. ... USC: Stanley Havali should be back to help the Trojan offense. ...UCLA: The most improved area for the Bruins this season? The offensive line, especially in pass protection. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils lose another cornerback. ... Arizona: Ricky Elmore, fresh off an overpowering effort against WSU, is at peace with his life.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back after basketball practice with news on today's signees, but you should know who they are. Until later …