The basketball team takes the court again tonight for another midweek, nonconference game. IPFW plays in the Summit League with Oral Roberts, who defeated Stanford last night. Oral Roberts also was the Cougars first-round NCAA opponent in Sacramento a couple years back but I really don't know how I've wandered so far from my original point so let's get back to whatever it was ... Oh ya. Basketball tonight, football this morning. Read on.
• Washington State: We'll start with a link to our post last night with the news from football practice. ... We also had this feature on some guys who are the backbone – or is the right cliché heart and soul? – of the team. ... We also have our Pac-10 picks. Overall good, spread bad. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has a basketball story. ... Someone asked for this link on an earlier post, so I'm passing along Paul Sorenson's commentary that appeared on Cougfan yesterday.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com's Ted Miller makes his picks and also tells us what to watch for this Saturday. ... Buster Sports Nick Daschel believes these things could happen. ... Washington: The Husky coaches are on the road recruiting this bye week. ... Oregon State: Maybe it wasn't Knute Rockne, but whatever Sean Canfield said earlier this year, it helped the Beavers to another great season.... Oregon: Mike Belloti is settling in to his new role as AD. ... California: Jahvid Best talks with the media for the first time since his horrific injury. ... Stanford: They're still talking about the USC game around Stanford. ... USC: The Trojans are trying to fix the run defense this week. ...UCLA: Rick Neuheisel knows he's hard on quarterbacks. ... Arizona State: The choice for quarterback has been narrowed to two. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are trying to get ready for the stress Jeremiah Masoli puts on a defense.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back before the basketball game tonight. Until then …