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COUGARS • UPDATE: 11:20 A.M.

Another short and quick Tuesday morning post, and that's after running down all the USC stories I could find in Southern California. Read on.
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• Washington State: One quick note before we move on to the links. There seems to be some misinformation out there on the web about the timetable for B.J. Guerra's knee injury. I checked the tape of Paul Wulff's Sunday night conference call and here's what he said when asked how long Guerra and Zack Williams would be out: "B.J.'s probably four-to-six weeks and Zack is anywhere from a week to three weeks," Wulff answered. Unless Wulff misspoke, it looks like Guerra could be back against Cal at the earliest and Arizona at the latest. ... OK, now on to the links. ... We'll start with our first look at USC. Other than that, there's not much. WSU is holding a press conference this afternoon where it will try to rejuvenate the fund-raising for Phase III of the Martin Stadium expansion. More than likely the school will be moving forward on construction soon, as prices have fallen in the past year.

• UPDATE: Paul Wulff just said on his Pac-10 conference call that James Montgomery will not play this week against USC due to injuries. He implied there is more wrong with Montgomery then just the knee that's been bothering him recently. We'll see if we can find out more today. It does sound like Dwight Tardy is OK and he'll go along with Logwone Mitz.

• Around the Pac-10: Nick Daschel of Buster Sports sees the Pac-10 as the nation's No. 2 conference. Gee, I wonder which conference is No. 1? ... Washington: To pull off the upset of USC last Saturday, Husky coach Steve Sarkisian dug deep into his bag of tricks, according to Bob Condotta of the Times. ... And Todd Milles relates how the Huskies are trying to get focused on Stanford. ... Oregon State: The loss to Cincinnati has changed the perception about the Beavers in Vegas. ... Oregon: Though Jahvid Best remains a viable Heisman candidate, the Ducks' Jeremiah Masoli isn't any more. ... Cal: Ray Ratto says this is a crucial part of the Bears' season. ... And they'll go through it without receiver Nyan Boateng. ... Stanford: A day off in Cardinal-ville. ... USC: The Times' T.J. Simers goes looking for answers – and Mitch Mustain. ... The Trojans admit they stunk. ... ...UCLA: Thanks to a few suspensions, a new Bruin had a chance to shine. UCLA has a bye this week. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils rarely play a nonconference game away from Tempe. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are giving a new quarterback the start this week.

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• That's what we have for you this morning. We'll be back later with our usual full plate of Tuesday items plus any important information that comes from the WSU press conference. Until then …




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