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Notes from WSU - and a thank you

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Everything is going so well here, we have time to sit down and write a blog post. It's either that or read “The Help” while the wife sleeps. Read on.


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• Washington State: First off, I have a bone to pick with you guys. You made Kim cry. Yep, before she went into surgery yesterday I had her read the comments posted here. It made her tear up. And she doesn't cry much – unless it's over a Hugh Grant movie (and usually because I'm sniffling next to her). Anyhow, every one was so nice in their comments, she felt so blessed heading into the hospital. Thanks so much. Everything went as well as can be expected and she's at home resting, which means I have to watch her like a hawk to make sure she doesn't try to wash out a sink or something. As anyone who has gone through this ordeal before has learned, we won't know much for a while but we're hopefully. And thankful for all your wonderful thoughts, prayers and comments. … Now on to today's post. Josh Wright, our Idaho guy, covered practice for me yesterday and filed this report, mainly a feature on defensive tackle Chaz Sampson but also including some notes on the bottom. As of the end of practice yesterday, neither Alex Mitchell or Rahmel Dockery had been approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse, but we'll keep an eye on it. As of now, with WSU at their pre-school limit of 105 players practicing, neither of the two could join the team until Tuesday at the earliest. Until the NCAA tells WSU they are good to go, they shouldn't be on the field. … ESPN.com's Ted Miller snuck in his short summary of Washington State while I was busy yesterday. … And AP has its preview. … More on Steven Bjornstad, who is still trying to get approval of an injury scholarship. … Another walk-on is joining the WSU basketball team.

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• Around the Pac-12: The AP preseason poll is out, with Oregon third, Stanford seventh, USC 25th and, for some reason, the Cougars unranked (if you didn't get the sarcasm, sorry). … Miller has his Friday mailbag. … Washington: The Huskies are clearing up their position battles. … Consistency is something every coach wants from his kicker. … Oregon State: The Beavers are getting hammered by injuries. … Oregon: A practice report on the Ducks, who also are having troubles with injuries. … California: To get a feel for grass, the Bears practice on the baseball field. Insert your own Berkeley joke here. … Stanford: Nothing. … Colorado: The Buffs offense struggled in a scrimmage so coach Jon Embree said there will be changes. … Utah: Quarterback Jordan Wynn returned to practice after battling the flu. … USC: The Trojans have a battle to backup Matt Barkley. … UCLA: The Bruins' Cory Harkey is working to become a complete tight end. … Arizona State: After being hit with a spate of injuries, the starters are not going as long. … Arizona: The Wildcats hold a fan-friendly scrimmage today.

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• That's all for this morning. We've got a story for tomorrow's S-R on the special teams (they have come into focus quickly at camp) which we'll link in the morning. Also, we're not at practice today of course, which is going on as we write this. The second one for today was cancelled, with the football team taking part in the Lentil Festival activities downtown. The Cougars get back at it tomorrow morning, then have Monday off for the first day of classes. We'll be back at practice on Tuesday afternoon. Until later …


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