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 ...