Today was scheduled to be the third of Washington State's five allowed two-a-day practices. But yesterday the news came out the Cougars would practice in the morning as planned, but not in the afternoon. You know that feeling you get when you find a $10 bill in a coat pocket? I had that same thrill when I read the email about the time off. Then it hit me. I still had to get up at 6 to make the early morning workout. Read on.
• Washington State: I mean really. Couldn't have moved the one practice to say 10 or something? As my dad used to tell me, “you would complain if they hung you with a new rope.” Ya, I would. … He also used to tell me a lot “dynamite comes in small packages.” That saying was bantered around our house a lot when I was young and had yet to grow. Heck, I was 5-foot-2 during my 10th grade baseball season. I thought about that yesterday as I was writing the position preview of the WSU running backs and tight ends. I don't know if they are going to be dynamite – the Cougar coaches sure feel Rickey Galvin has the potential to be explosive – but the running backs certainly aren't the tallest group in America. Funny thing though. With the leverage gained by being so low to the ground, Galvin, Carl Winston and Marcus Mason seem to have a tendency to push the defender back when they make contact. … ESPN.com's Ted Miller did his best case/worst case scenario for Washington State yesterday.
• Around the Pac-12: The expansion thoughts just keep on coming. … Which conference school has the most senior starters? Miller lists them. … Washington: Some thoughts on the Huskies' coaching staff from the boss. … The fullback spot is in Jonathan Amosa's capable hands. … Oregon State: The offensive line needs more nasty this season. … It wasn't a good weekend for four Beavers. … Oregon: The Ducks are rebuilding the linebacker corps from the inside. … The running backs? Pretty darn good group here. … Colorado: The Buffs have a concern with a cornerback. … Utah: The Utes' line coach has been in the state before. … California: Getting run over isn't a badge of honor for a defensive back. Especially when it's by a quarterback. … A freshman running back is still undecided about playing this season. … Stanford: Another offensive player moves to the secondary. … USC: What's in a name? A lot. … UCLA: The Bruins are trying to replace kicker Kai Forbath. … Arizona State: Linebacker Brandon Magee will redshirt and return to Sun Devils next year. … Arizona: The Wildcats have even more depth at receiver than they thought.
• That's all for now. We'll be back after practice. Until then …