WSU, Pac-10 links for a Thursday


It's a much-more-crowded-than-usual Thursday this week, so let's get right to the links. If you want original thoughts, you've come to the wrong place. We're fresh out this morning. Read on.


• Washington State: For a few years there a couple years ago, after I got out of the management ranks, I was the Spokesman-Review's prep guy. Liked the job. High school kids and coaches are great. Now I'm doing this. Anyhow, found a way this week to blend the two. In today's S-R, I have this story about Paul Wulff trying to keep the local kids who are good enough to play Pac-10 football home (there's also more on the practice summary from last night). ... UPDATE: Forgot one name in my list of local players. I've added Sam Tennant, linebacker from Pullman, on the list on-line. ... Tomorrow, I will have a piece on two who got away and are playing at Oregon. ... There is also my Pac-10 picks which I'm not all that proud of, and a the short on James Watson's fall yesterday during preseason workouts. ... Thanks to CougCenter, you can listen to a bunch of WSU-related radio bits. ... And, for an outside perspective of what's going on in Pullman, read this Register-Guard story.

• Around the Pac-10: Ted Miller at makes his Pac-10 picks and lets you know what you should watch this week. ... Buster Sports' Nick Daschel ranks the Pac-10's players. ... Washington: The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame are using the newest fad on offense, the Wildcat formation. The Huskies are ready. ... Oregon State: The Beavers' defense must make some stops this weekend. ... Oregon: The Ducks' practiced inside Wednesday, and, according to coach Chip Kelly, had a great practice. ... Jeremiah Masoli has a goal: get the wideouts some touchdowns. ... One of the players I'm writing about is Coeur d'Alene's Carson York. He's keeping a season-long journal for the Oregonian. ... Cal: The Bears want to put race. ... USC: Stafon Johnson reaches out on Twitter to thank fans. ...UCLA: The Bruins are the next to face the Chris Owusu challenge. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils will be starting a walk-on at offensive guard. Sounds like WSU. ... Arizona: I once owned a book of Tank McNamara cartoons – don't ask me why; I can't remember – entitled something like "God intended blond boys to be quarterbacks." Someone must have had Nick Foles in mind.


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back after practice. Until then …

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