It’s football game day. The last one, in fact, in Pullman this year. Last night, as I wandered around town, the mass exodus of students – school is closed for the next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday – made me wonder how many will be at the game today. We’ll see in about six hours. But just because the town is empty doesn’t mean our post will be. There’s plenty if you just read on.
• Washington State: We had our advance story in the paper and our usual game-day items, which we pass on from the blog because they are all in one place (below the unedited version of the story). … We also promised in the paper to pass along the names of the seniors. They are: Kenny Alfred, Jesse Feagin, Xavier Hicks, Colin Huemmer, Andrew Kreutz, Reed Lesuma, Kevin Lopina, Andy Mattingly, Patrick Rooney, Jason Stripling (who, according to Paul Wulff, will not be going through Senior Day ceremonies due to his suspension), Dwight Tardy, Zach Tatman, Sam Tennant, K.C. (not Casey, as he’s been listed for the past, oh, four, five years), and Tony Thompson. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick had this advance in the Kitsap Sun and other papers. … The Times’ Bud Withers has this quick look at the game.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com’s Ted Miller opens his mailbag. It’s always interesting to see what falls out. … Washington: Bye week. No advance. No stories. … Oregon State: The Beavers’ focus hasn’t been completely on WSU. … Though there is little to no chance of snow. The wind has picked up, however. … Oregon: Times are usually tough for the Ducks in Tucson. … California: The Bears’ focus will be on stopping Toby Gerhart. … Stanford: These guys will try to make that impossible. … USC: The Trojans hopes for a big bowl are slim to none. …UCLA: Speaking of bowls, one more win (today perhaps?) and the Bruins can start thinking about one – though they are not guaranteed anything. … Arizona State: Another game, another starting quarterback. … Arizona: The Big Game may be in the Bay Area, but this is the biggest game in Tucson in a long time.
• That’s it for this morning. Except we wanted to pass on one piece of Pac-10 baseball news. ASU coach Pat Murphy, with an investigation hanging over his head, resigned yesterday. Former WSU and Gonzaga assistant Travis Jewett is now on that staff. How the future will unfold at ASU is unclear. How will our future unfold? We’ll head over to Martin Stadium around noon and post. Until then …