Today marks the seventh consecutive day Washington State will be on the football field (the Cougars will go eight straight, and 10 practices, before they get a break) so I wouldn't be surprised if today's practice wasn't a bit slow. Sort of like today's news. Read on.
• Washington State: Right. Nothing unusual about today's news. It's just hard to right something interesting each day on the first page to draw you in. So this morning we resorted to outright hyperbole. Sue me. … We had the first of our position previews – if you're wondering what group will be last it's the one with the biggest turnover, special teams – in today's S-R, along with our notes from last night. … The WSU Football Blog had this interview with talkative cornerback Nolan Washington yesterday. Late in practice Friday, Washington twisted an ankle. Though he was in obvious pain, he told me afterward he was OK. I would expect he might sit some though. … The Cougars practice this afternoon at 2:30.
• Around the Pac-12: Bud Withers reports the Big Ten and Pac-12 athletic directors have voiced support for a plus-one format change for the BCS championship. … ESPN.com's Ted Miller opens his mailbag. … Washington: The Huskies have maybe the best problem a coach could have: two highly qualified people vying for one spot. … Receiver James Johnson had a sophomore year he would rather forget. … Oregon State: Quarterback Ryan Katz needs to be the glue that holds the Beavers' offense together. … The pads are finally on. … Oregon: If there is a more important position group than offensive linemen, I don't know what it is. And the Ducks are rebuilding their O-line. … The offense wins the day. … Colorado: Paul Richardson has emerged as the Buffs' go-to receiver. … Utah: Nothing here. … California: Or here. … Stanford: Or here. So, OK, it wasn't all hype. There was a paucity of news, at least in the middle of the conference. … USC: The Trojans' defense slipped last year so there have been some changes made. … UCLA: The Bruins' defense slipped last year so there have been some changes made. … Arizona State: The Sun Devils will scrimmage today and defensive coordinator Craig Bray hopes the defensive backs play better. … Bray also doesn't believe Vontaze Burfict was the Devils' best defensive player last year. … Arizona: There is a lot of subtle pressure on the Wildcats' offensive coordinator. OK, it's not too subtle. … Another starter is out, at least for a while.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be back this evening after the afternoon practice and I hope to be able to share some news with you. Until then …