Once more into the breach. Or at least out to the practice field. Washington State will hold its final practice of the work week at 8:30 this morning, then have time off until 4 p.m. Tuesday. It’s almost like a vacation. Of course there is little things like the first classes in between, but what the hay. They won’t be hitting each other. For more on what’s been going on in Pullman, around the Pac-10 and in Stillwater, read on.
• Washington State: The scrimmage yesterday, which we covered in our story from the paper, will be followed by another on Thursday. There is another scheduled for Saturday morning, but that should be more of a dress rehearsal for the opening game, not so much contact but to make sure everyone knows all their assignments and roles. … We started our position previews on the blog yesterday in our late post. The quarterbacks story also was in the paper. We will look at wide receivers in the Monday paper. … Cougfan had this coverage of the scrimmage. … Freelancer Howie Stalwick was also there and filed this report. … Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weedon always knew he had a fallback position if baseball didn’t work out. … The Cowboy defense is young but fast and it dominated the scrimmage yesterday. … We told you about this before, but Mike Marlow has now left Oregon. WSU will officially announce his hire in the athletic department this week.
• Around the Pac-10: The LA Times’ Chris Dusfresne talks with conference commissioner Larry Scott. … The Seattle Times’ Bud Withers continues his trip around the conference with a look at Oregon State. … Washington: More on the phenomena that is Jake Locker. This is one kid who deserves the attention. … The defense has its way in the Huskies’ scrimmage. … Can UW return to the Don James glory years? … Oregon State: This cornerback doesn’t mind being on an island. … Oregon: The Ducks compete and the defense wins. … Looking at the UO offensive coordinator. No, it’s not Chip Kelly. Not in title anyway. … Cal: The Bears had a strange illness hit one of their players recently. … Stanford: Andrew Luck is designing a successful career for the Cardinal. … USC: If the Trojans have a successful year, the AP poll may be their salvation. They opened at No. 14. … The defense had four interceptions in a non-tackling scrimmage. … UCLA: The heart of the Bruin offensive line is gone as center Kai Maiava suffers a season-ending broken ankle. … Arizona State: One scrimmage performance and a quarterback decision is made. In this column at least. … Arizona: Lightning cuts short the Wildcats’ scrimmage.
• That’s all for this morning. We’re headed over to practice and will be back later this morning with our usual report. Until then …