There’s a lot to get to this morning, and by a lot I mean so much my eyes are watering from reading, so let’s get right to all the football news. Before we do, just a reminder that today is the first day of basketball’s early signing period, so we will have a post soon concerning the two players Washington State is expected to sign today. Coach Ken Bone is also holding a news conference this morning that we will attend. There is already some basketball news on the link, so read on.
UPDATE: WSU announced the signings of Davonte Lacy and Greg Sequele to basketball letters-of-intent this morning. We’ll have more, as we said on the link earlier, after we talk with Bone.
• Washington State: We had a pretty in-depth practice report last night, which also included a summary of Paul Wulff’s Tuesday press conference (in my haste to get it posted last night I misspelled one name and put the wrong one in another spot; both have been fixed). You can watch said conference here if you like. … Finally, we had our Pac-10 notebook today. … As for the basketball news, the Cougars have been invited to play in next year’s 76 Classic over Thanksgiving in Anaheim. You can read more about it here. Of course that tournament next year is on Apple Cup weekend. … And the Seattle Times has this story on the WSU women’s team.
• Around the Pac-10: ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has his first quick look at this weekend’s games. … We passed along the news of Colorado firing Dan Hawkins yesterday, but this column is pretty interesting. … Washington: The Huskies are working on their special teams this week. Oregon exposed them last Saturday. … UW’s AD Scott Woodward was also exposed a bit that day when he criticized the way the state of Oregon has cut funding to its university (he spoke poorly, but the essence of what Woodward said is true; the budget cuts colleges are being hit with are decimating higher education, all the while athletic departments, which raise their own money, can avoid the worst of the cuts). Now the UW president has ordered Woodward to apologize again. … One Husky linebacker had a good game against the Ducks. … Oregon State: The Cougars schedule from the OSU’s perspective. … The Beavers talk a lot about WSU. “From the scores I’ve seen, they’re getting closer and closer to a win, and I sure don’t want them to get their first Pac-10 win against us,’’ said OSU tailback Jacquizz Rodgers. Interesting. … OSU loses a defensive tackle but gets a tight end back. … Oregon: More on the loss of senior backup quarterback Nate Costa. … What Sports Illustrated jinx? … Cal: The No. 1 team in the nation is coming to town and the Bears, with a revamped offensive line, can’t wait. … Stanford: The Cardinal offense has a lot of weapons, one of whom plays defense as well. … USC: The Trojans are getting lost in LA (not really). … UCLA: Nothing again. … Arizona State: Not a lot here either. … Arizona: Pete Carroll still has his fingerprints all over the Pac-10.
• That’s all for this morning. As we said, we’ll be back after the basketball press conference. Until then …