It's nearly cloudless right now in parts of the Inland Northwest, but the weatherman is calling for wind, rain showers and some snow later this evening. In other words, perfect spring weather around these parts. Appropriate, as Washington State returns to spring football practices today. We have more, so read on.
• Washington State: The Cougars will practice this afternoon, Thursday afternoon, and then scrimmage for the final time in Pullman at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. More than likely Thursday's practice will be without tackling. … What to expect this week? Well, the defense has a lot of its packages in – the group played three different defenses Saturday – so it will be fine-tuning. … The offensive line changes of last week – moving John Fullington to left guard and Wade Jacobson to right tackle – were evaluated over the weekend and we'll see today if they stick. … And freshman quarterback Connor Halliday needs to make a push if he wants to overtake senior Marshall Lobbestael as Jeff Tuel's backup heading into fall. Halliday struggled throwing the ball some last week. … We'll be there this afternoon with a plastic bag covering our notebook (if it's needed) and a hat covering our head. … Former WSU off-field assistant Mike Kramer is holding his first spring as Idaho State's head coach. The Bengals will be WSU's first opponent next season.
• Around the Pac-12: So, will the Fiesta Bowl's problems lead to a tighter connection with the Pac-12? … Jon Wilner has some thoughts on a few items affecting the conference. … Washington: Nothing here. … Oregon State: With the NFL players locked out, some are working with their alma maters. … Oregon: Texas has been a hotbed of recruiting for the Ducks recently, but that might not be a good thing. … Colorado: A Buffalo tight end went down, got up, was carted off. … Utah: The Utes introduce former Montana coach and star Larry Krystkowiak as their new basketball coach. … California: Nothing here. … Stanford: Same with the Cardinal. … USC: The Trojans can't run some plays because of a lack of depth. Not your Pete Carroll Trojans, that's for sure. … UCLA: Some fireworks at the Bruins' practice. … Arizona State: A summary of this week's spring drills. … Arizona: Sean Miller loses an assistant coach to the head spot at Dayton, and it's someone he's really close with.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after spring football. Until then …