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Back to normal for WSU, Pac-10?


Let’s see. Over the weekend we had the discussion concerning the Oregon game. That seemed to draw a lot of interest. Yesterday there was the ESPN ad. That seemed to draw a lot of interest. So what can we do today? So far, got nothing other than a loaded plate of our usual items. Hope that will do. Read on.


• Washington State: We kept you up-to-date yesterday with our length practice report, though I may have buried the biggest news, that of middle linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis missing practice, and probably Saturday’s game, with a staph infection on his arm. Though Louis Bland is a talented replacement, it does cut into the Cougars’ depth. … We also had our Pac-10 report. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick has this notebook which includes some statistics, thoughts on coach Paul Wulff and a report on former WSU cornerback Romeo Pellum’s status. … Here’s an Associated Press report out of Wulff press conference. … The WSU football blog summarizes Wulff’s radio show. … Finally, check out the second item here. Pretty funny.

• Around the Pac-10: This will start with some bad news for WSU fans. Ted Miller of notes there are quite a few big-name pass rushers in the conference not getting to the quarterback. Two of them, Dexter Davis and Lawrence Guy, play for Arizona State. Don’t think they’ll be a little more motivated this week after being called out nationally? … Nick Daschel of Buster Sports has a couple items, including the Pac-10 by the numbers and a podcast looking at the race. … The Times’ Bud Withers has his Pac-10 notebook. So does Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles TimesWashington: The big news yesterday from Seattle was the Huskies announcement they will be playing Eastern Washington in two years. It will be the school’s first game against a lower-division opponent. … Some coaches believe the best offensive linemen have a defensive lineman’s attitude. Here’s an example. … Chris Polk has been running well for UW. … Oregon State: The Beavers are having trouble moving the ball on the ground. … Oregon: It looks like Jeremiah Masoli will not play this weekend. C.E. Kaiser is still on crutches. And now another Duck defensive back is lost. Bad week for injuries in Eugene. … Cal: With a bye this week, news of the Bears is hard to come by. … Stanford: Ray Ratto says Jim Harbaugh’s success is only going to re-ignite the Raider rumors. Money’s a big deal, sure, but why would anyone in their right mind want to work for Al Davis? … USC: When the Trojans and Notre Dame meet next week, the two quarterbacks will be familiar with each other. …UCLA: Speaking of quarterbacks, the Bruins’ Kevin Prince returned from his broken jaw and was running the offense Tuesday. … Arizona State: The Arizona Republic is on the lack-of-sacks bandwagon. The Sun Devils enter Saturday’s game with three. Watch out. … Arizona: A backup running back has been having a great time.


• That’s all for this morning. We’ll be back after practice this afternoon. Until then …

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