What a day it was in West Coast college athletics yesterday. Not a lot of it directly concerned Washington State, but, because there are always ripples when a boulder hits a pond, the Mountain West vs. Western Athletic conference spat might just have some effect around the Inland Northwest soon. Read on for more on that and the Cougars playful end to a hot practice.
• Washington State: Though we weren't there, it was hot in Pullman yesterday. So hot, in fact, coach Paul Wulff turned on the sprinklers. Well, not really. The slip-n-slide. And the big guys had a great time. So how many of you had a slip-n-slide as a kid? Favorite memory? I'll share mine here when I get back to Pullman. ... The watery fun wasn't the only thing that turned down the heat yesterday. Cougfan's Barry Bolton attempted to do the same with Wullf's future. ... In Stillwater, there might be as many as 10 true freshmen on the field Sept. 4 for OSU. ... The secondary received praise from coach Mike Gundy. ... Despite the losses, the offense should be alright.
• Around the Pac-10: The Times' Bud Withers continues his trip around the conference with this Cal preview. ... Here is some thoughts on the big news about the MWC and WAC yesterday. ... Washington: After years of problems, the Huskies' offensive line might be a strength. ... The cost of a rebuilt Husky Stadium is a little more than my last car. ... Oregon State: The Beavers will scrimmage today, and blitz Ryan Katz. ... So how good is Oregon State? Chris Dusfresne thinks highly of the Beavers. ... One receiver position is a little thin due to injuries. ... Oregon: The quarterback battle won't be decided until the week of the opener. ... How is Jeremiah Masoli doing at Ole Miss? ... Cal: A notebook about the Bears. ... Stanford: Improving the secondary is the top priority. ... USC: Freshman Dillon Baxter is learning a lesson. ... UCLA: Kevin Prince, trying to bounce back from an injury, needs to get back to practice soon. ... Arizona State: And then there were two. Battling to start at QB, that is. ... Arizona: Each assistant coach's favorite drill.
• That's all we have this morning. The Cougars practice twice today. We'll back in Pullman tomorrow, ready to brave the heat without the help of the slip-n-slide. Until then ...