We're quite a bit later than usual today but life has a strange way of intervening occasionally. But we have a chance to sit and cover the day's news and note, so read on.
• Washington State: No practice in Pullman yesterday – imagine, giving the football players a day off because school started – so very little in the way of news. The Cougars did hold walk-on tryouts yesterday, so there should be a few new faces on the practice field today. We'll pass along anything of interest. ... Not much in the way of stories today, though we do have this feature on Jared Karstetter from freelancer Howie Stalwick. ... There is also this piece about Utah State's Polynesian contingent, which includes former WSU recruit Al Lapuaho. The story even leads with him. I wonder, however, if the story would still be the same if Lapuaho had been approved by the NCAA eligibility center in a timely manner. If that had happened, he probably would have been one of the top two or three Cougar defensive tackles last season. ... One observer has his thoughts about the Cougars after having attended many of the preseason practices. ... And that's about it of the free variety today, except this video from the WSU athletic department. It's worth watching.
• Around the Pac-12: Wonder about the AP voters? Wonder no more. ... Washington: Bob Condotta talks with Steve Emtman, the best player on the best team in UW history. ... Desmond Trufant is playing it cool this year. ... Oregon State: Updating James Rodgers' status. ... Oregon: Once again with emphasis. Every time a player leaves a program, there is opportunity for others. ... The same goes when someone is injured. ... California: Nothing here. ... Stanford: The Cardinal are selling lots of tickets. ... Colorado: A walk-on wins the punting battle. ... Utah: New coaches, new roles. ... And a new player atop the depth chart at running back. ... USC: The defensive depth chart is in flux. ... UCLA: The quarterback that is expected to be the long-term answer has finally started practicing. ... With struggles in the kicking game, the Bruins' punter might be the answer. ... Arizona State: An oft-injured defensive lineman is playing well. ... Arizona: After last season, Trevin Wade is ready to start anew.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice today. Until then ...