Today's the day. The beginning of the 2011 college football season, Pullman style. Which means it's also time to get back into the routine of daily blog posts containing Washington State news and notes, along with links to other stories from around the Pac-12. Read on.
• Washington State: We had a pretty extensive package in today's Spokesman-Review, including a story to kickoff the preseason camp and five things that need to happen for the Cougars to be successful. And by successful we mean win football games. Three years ago success was measured by everyone staying healthy (that goal wasn't met much), two years ago by being in the game during the second half (it happened off and on), and last year by being competitive (by that measure, the Cougars had a pretty successful season). This year it's all about wins. Don't believe me, then maybe you'll believe Paul Wulff. "Our grades our better, our talent's better, our work ethic's better, our discipline and off-field issues are better," Wulff said. "And I said this, I believe, multiple times when I first got hired, is that we've got to get a lot of things in order and in line and be consistent with our development as people, players and students. When we get that in line and it starts to roll over, the last things you're going to get is wins. Because that's the final product of all that. I think we're in a position now where we're going to get wins." The road toward the season's first game (Sept. 3 in Martin Stadium against former WSU assistant Mike Kramer and his Idaho State team) begins this afternoon at 2:30. ... The Tacoma News Tribune has freelancer Howie Stalwick's preview of the coming season. ... Athletic director Bill Moos made an important trip this summer. Someday I want to make the same type of trip, but I'll have to go to Guam, Samoa, Okinawa and other south seas islands. ... Bad news for former WSU offensive lineman Zack Williams. ... And that's about all I can link to this morning concerning Cougar football.
• Around the Pac-12: Jon Wilner reacts to some news items. ... Missed this earlier in the week, but this news is too interesting to pass up. Remember as you read this piece, the Pac-12 coaches would love to have an eight game conference schedule. ... Washington: The Northwest is pretty quite. ... Oregon State: And that includes the Beavers. ... Oregon: Once again, there are national championship expectations in Eugene. ... Colorado: You want intensity? Then you want Eric Bieniemy on your staff. ... Utah: There is only one dream vacation this year for Utah fans. ... Running back is a position the Utes need to straighten out. ... Mountain West or Pac-12, practice is the same. ... California: The Bears have more speed in the form of one running back. ... Stanford: Nothing here. ... USC: The Trojans make things a bit simpler. ... UCLA: Not much on the Bruin front. ... Arizona State: One of the Sun Devils better defensive players is back on the field after a season lost to academic woes. ... Arizona: I guess Wulff isn't the only coach who likes to switch tight ends to tackles.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be at practice this afternoon, then one the computer to post notes and quotes. Until then ...