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A big Sunday for WSU


Not only is it the first day of football practice for Washington State – official start time: 2 p.m. – but it is also Sunday morning, which means there is a lot of stories to peruse. So hit the link and get right to it.

• We put the unedited version of our Sunday morning story on the blog last night, with a few more items than what made the paper. ... But that isn't the only WSU news available this morning. We were able to find Dale Grummert's story from the Lewiston Tribune on the American Chronicle site, which is a nice treat in that Dale's work is usually only available through the pay mode. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has five questions as the Cougars open camp. ...'s Ted Miller previews camp's opening. ... Over at Oklahoma State – the first opponent in less than a month – the Cowboys are in full swing. A young receiver is vying to be a big target. ... All in all a pretty full WSU morning.

• Now on to the rest of the Pac-10 ... The LA Times' Chris Dufresne has some fun with this year's burning questions. ... Over in Seattle, the Huskies start practice tomorrow. And there are multiple reasons for optimism. ... The biggest one? Jake Locker. ... Down the way in Corvallis, the Beavers are loaded, maybe more loaded than any time in Mike Riley's career. The schedule's tough, though, and OSU is breaking in a new starting quarterback. ... The Ducks are probably thrilled to be getting back on the field after this offseason. ... They are, of course, the defending champions and they have a lot of firepower coming back. ... Cal is looking for more firepower, and this five-star recruit should supply some. ... I guess optimism is the word of the week. At least it is in Berkeley. ... The Trojans are rebuilding their linebacking corps. They are doing it with a bunch of four- and five-star recruits, of course. ... Dennis Erickson hopes to make a decision soon on who will be the Sun Devils starting quarterback. ... ASU has few worries at linebacker. ... And we end in Tucson, as usual, where the offense is the strongest side of the ball. That's an unusual situation for coach Mike Stoops.


• That's all for this morning. We'll be back with more from practice, maybe even a quick post before it starts if there is anything to report. Follow us on twitter – vinceg55 – where we always let you know when we have something new (unless we forget which, at our age, is a distinct possibility). Until then ...

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