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Mon., Aug. 2, 2010, 6:25 a.m.

Monday morning WSU links


Mondays are sad not only because they are the start of the work week, but because they are bereft of college football news, Washington State-centric or otherwise. But we were able to find a few stories, including one that may have a big impact on the opener at Oklahoma State, so read on.

• One thing I've learned in my three years of covering WSU athletics is that it's never good to have a starting defensive end arrested for belting a former player in the face with a beer bottle. Not that such things ever happen in Pullman. But it just did in Stillwater, where Jamie Blatnick, was arrested over the weekend and charged with felony aggravated assault and battery. This could be a big blow to OSU. The Cowboys already have to replace eight defensive starters, so if he were to miss any time (suspended for the opener, maybe?), it would be another blow. ... Speaking of guys who have had troubles with the law, former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has officially said he's headed to Mississippi as a walk-on. It has to be official. Masoli announced it on his personal website. ... Growing up, I used to read this book called "The History of Football" nearly every day – it was written by Robert Leckie, who was recently featured in the HBO series "The Pacific." Anyway, it had a section on Chuck Bednarik, the former Eagle great who was the last two-way player in the NFL. It seemed so historic. Little did I know that 40 years later I could link a story about another two-way player. Of course, 40 years ago, linking was something you did with a bicycle chain. ... Finally, Ted Miller recounts his trip with the Pac-10 coaches. I wanted to write something smarmy about Ted gloating, but I won't. By the way, if the picture of the coaches in front of the Nasdaq sign is still here count them. One is missing.


• That's all for this morning. We'll be back if events warrant. Until then ...

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