For the third consecutive day, Washington State went sans pads at practice, limiting the hitting and concentrating on the mental aspects of preparing for Saturday's game with Stanford. For more on practice, read on.
• As we said yesterday, there are a lot of reasons why coach Paul Wulff decided to skip the pads the past couple days, from injuries to a desire to have fresh bodies for Saturday. That will end on Thursday, though, as the Cougars will wearing some pads and do some hitting in their last Pullman workout before heading to Northern California. ... As for Wednesday, the offensive line we relayed yesterday, with John Fullington at left tackle and Micah Hannam on the right side, with all the inside guys the same, will be the starting group Saturday, Wulff confirmed. ... Alex Hoffman-Ellis again avoided contact today but he will be able to go Saturday. ... Adam Coerper returned to practice after missing time with a concussion then an illness. ... We are doing a story for Friday on the importance of Northern California for WSU and its football recruiting, so we asked Wulff how he felt about the news that Stanford and Cal would be in the Cougars' division. He, of course, said nothing is decided yet – though it's been leaked in a lot of places – he hopes the two do end up with the Northwest schools. How important is it to WSU? I counted down the Cougar roster today and almost a fifth of the players come from within 4 hours of the Bay Area. ... One of those players is Sekope Kaufusi, who we feature in our story for tomorrow's S-R. ... One basketball note. WSU has scheduled a scrimmage for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29 in Bohler Gym. It will be open to the public. I won't be there because the football team plays that Saturday in Tempe. But you can be. If you want more information, you can find out it here.
• That's all for tonight. We'll be back, as usual, in the morning. Until then ...