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WSU’s Wulff talks about Arizona, arrests


COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:25 P.M.

Coach Paul Wulff’s done with his Tuesday Pac-10 and local media teleconferences. We have a summary of what he said, so read on.

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• As you can expect, a lot of the questions on both calls concerned the weekend arrests of Jamal Atofau and Andre Barrington. Wulff’s first comment is to basically say the headlines don’t match up with reality, but both were arrested and both lived in a house where Pullman police found 38 marijuana plants. I guess what Wulff is referring to is that Barrington and Atofau may not have been complicate in the grow operation. Even so, living there, it seems nearly impossible they didn’t know something was going on. … As for the rest of Wulff’s comments on the situation, you can listen to them here. They are not much different from what he told me last night, that both players record of achievement at WSU will play into any final decision. … Back to football and the Pac-10 call, Wulff was asked about the Arizona passing game and how dominant it’s been. That’s the subject of our Pac-10 notebook for tomorrow’s S-R, so we’ll just say, for now, Wulff has a lot of respect for the Wildcats and quarterback Nick Foles and move on. … He was asked about Alex Hoffman-Ellis, WSU’s leading tackler and among the Pac-10 leaders. Wulff said Hoffman-Ellis is still learning the game, which sometimes leads to mistakes. But his athleticism and speed allows him to makeup for some of that. … Asked about the success of all the young quarterbacks in the conference, including Jeff Tuel, Wulff reminded the questioner it’s much easier to have success as a young quarterback if you are surrounded by veteran talent. That was the case for Tuel. … As I had talked with Wulff on Monday night concerning the arrests, my first few questions in the local press conference concerned the UA passing attack – hey, I have a story to write. I did, however, ask if there was any change in their status and Wulff said no. He then answered four questions concerning the two, saying he hasn’t finished talking with the players involved, he doesn’t really worry how it will affect the team because he believes the culture is so much stronger than a couple years ago it can withstand a black mark like this, and, most importantly, you just don’t kick someone of a team for one mistake. A crucial part of his charge, Wulff said, is to help young men grow up and work through mistakes. All of the players on a college team are growing up and you just don’t abandon someone at the first sign of trouble. You try to help them. If they don’t respond to the help, and show a track record of screwing up, well, fine. Then you make a change. … Wulff also talked about Jeffrey Solomon’s injury, which was reported here last night. He’s still trying to determine what course of treatment to use, Wulff said, and will miss a few weeks no matter what. . … Other questions included whether Logwone Mitz will get a lot of carries this week – it depends – and whether last week’s game helped the rebuilding process – it did, especially in the confidence category. They all should be on the video when it’s up.

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• That’s all for now. We’ll be back after practice. Until then …


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