You take a half-day off and all heck breaks loose. Literally. With the way the wind was blowing yesterday, everything broke loose. At least all the leaves are finally off the trees – and in the neighbor’s yard. The wind was coming out of the south, so it may have been in response to Saturday, I don’t know. Anyhow, we try to catch up, so read on.
UPDATE: The Pac-10 released its academic all-conference selections and Washington State had seven first-team members, more than any school. They are: Jared Karstetter, Micah Hannam (for the third time), Chris Prummer (second), Kevin Kooyman (second), Casey Hamlett, Kyle McCartney and Chima Nwachukwu (third). Andrei Lintz was on the second team. Daniel Blackledge, Justin Clayton, Darren Markle and Skylar Stormo were honorable mention.
• Washington State: With no Saturday games the next couple weeks, Cougar football stories will be few and far between. However, the basketball team will be taking on across-the-border rival Idaho tonight (we’ll be there) so there is this advance for you. … And Dave Trimmer of our staff caught up with a couple WSU stars from yesteryear. … OK, there are a couple football-related stories. ESPN.com’s Ted Miller jumped on the Paul Wulff bandwagon yesterday, though to be fair Miller has been kind to Wulff forever. … And we’ll late Miller pass along the news, as we do each week, of the Pac-10 players of the week. Because Jeff Tuel was the offensive player of the week, it belongs in this section. … Finally the WSU Football Blog had video grabs from the Oregon State game. You might as well enjoy it a little longer. …
• Around the Pac-10: Miller also has a look at how the conference’s Heisman hopefuls did. … Bob Clark looks at the bowl picture – and doesn’t have WSU 10th in his Pac-10 rankings. … Washington: Jake Locker and the rest of the Husky seniors will play their final home game Thursday night, and, yes, Locker does expect to play. … It’s the other side of the ball that will be facing a pistol to its head. … Oregon State: Mike Riley had more to say about the defeat. … Oregon: The lack of offense, but still winning, actually seems to have impressed the computers. … Cliff Harris’ punt return was the difference in the game. … The Oregonian’s Ken Goe talks about cramps on defense. I’ll add this, even if a player is faking, there doesn’t seem to be a rule against it or penalty for it. So it feels like a smart thing to do. … Cal: With the Big Game at home, Bears feel like they should be favored. Well, almost. … The coaches kept the compliments flying Monday. … Stanford: The Big Game is really big for the Cardinal. … USC: Reser Stadium has been tough on the Trojans lately. … UCLA: The bye-week rest allowed one receiver to get healthy. … Arizona State: The late flags on Vontaze Burfict earns some comment from Dennis Erickson. … Arizona: As much as WSU loves having a bye week, that’s how much the Wildcats hate it.
• That’s it for this morning. We’ll be back before the basketball game tonight. No Paul Wulff press conference this afternoon but if he says anything interesting on the Pac-10 call, we’ll pass it along. Until then …