What’s left to say? It’s going to be hot today, with a Sahara-like wind expected to be blowing. Those things usually pick up right around sundown, right? Well that’s about when Washington State should be finishing up its full-contact scrimmage in Martin Stadium, its last before next week’s opener. Wonder if the wind will play havoc with the ball? Read on for notes and links.
• Washington State: We took the time yesterday to write about the upcoming basketball schedule (second item; there is more here and here), the afternoon practice and the special teams. In all that, we forgot yesterday to link the S-R story on WSU soccer. So we won’t forget the volleyball story today. … ESPN.com’s Ted Miller starts his Pac-10 food series with the nominations from Pullman. I can actually say I’ve dined (no, that’s not the right word, eaten and/or imbibed is better) at almost all of these places). … Cougfan has this interesting piece on the WSU walk-on program. … This is interesting, though it’s not only about WSU. … From Stillwater – typing that always gets me thinking of “Almost Famous” – there is this story on Mike Gundy’s tenure, which is probably best known nationally for the tirade a few years back. … OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden has a strong arm, but that’s only part of what’s needed to run the Cowboy offense. … An OSU football notebook.
• Around the Pac-10: Four conference players, including WSU’s Chima Nwachukwu, are on the watch list for the CLASS award. As it’s name suggests, it’s an academic and sportsmanship award. … The San Francisco Chronicle has its conference preview … And the LA Times examines the Arizona schools. … Washington: The backup quarterback spot is in the news, with the Times’ Bob Condotta writing about Keith Price. … So does Tacoma’s Dave Boling. … Oregon State: The Beavers are set at outside linebacker. It’s the middle that’s still muddled. … A story about an old OSU coach. I love stories about old folks. Maybe it’s because that’s my demographic. … Oregon: The quarterback battle may be decided today at a scrimmage. … George Schroeder knows what the tiebreaker should be. … Cal: It’s quarterback day in the Bay Area with this piece on Kevin Riley. … Stanford: … and this one on Andrew Luck. … USC: No, he’s not a two-way players. This freshman is just a two-position starter. There is a difference. … UCLA: Missed this earlier, but the Bruins’ offensive line just got thinner. … Arizona State: The Sun Devils are still searching for the right combination up front. … Arizona: This defensive tackle has been around.
• That’s it for this morning. We’ll be at the scrimmage this evening, after which we’ll post some notes and our defensive secondary preview. We’ll also be around if events warrant. Until then …