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An early morning post from WSU


Got up real early this a.m. so you could have your morning blog post on your computer's equivalent of a doorstep by 6:30 ... who am I kidding? It's early because I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep. Read on.


• Washington State: Try as I might, I couldn't find anything new – or free – to link today, other than the couple items we had in the paper. Items like our advance on today's basketball game with Eastern Washington, who should give the Cougars quite a battle – and I mean that literally. Or our piece on Mike Leach's radio appearance Friday. Leach is expected into Pullman on Monday in advance of his Tuesday introductory meet-and-great up in the CUB. ... I also want to pass along this column by John Blanchette not because there is a Cougar connection but because it touches on a basketball coach – and person – I really admired.


• Around the Pac-10: As expected, Oregon ran away with the first Pac-12 championship football game, 49-31, and is headed to the Rose Bowl. The Ducks get another chance to win a BCS bowl game under coach Chip Kelly. What was unexpected was how hard UCLA played after showing little of that in the four years Rick Neuheisel was head coach. Speaking of Neuheisel, who will replace him in LA? One columnist has an idea that would blow up the Pac-12. ... With Kevin Sumlin no longer in the picture at Arizona State, who are the Sun Devils talking with? ... The bowl season draws nigh. ... Pac-12 basketball is down, especially at Utah. There is also trouble at California right now and Washington still hasn't proven it can win on the road after last night's 76-73 overtime defeat at Nevada.


• That's it for this morning. We'll be back before the basketball game. Until then ...

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