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It’s Friday and all that entails

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Another Friday morning, another Friday morning post. The first Friday in a while without a pretty full slate of college football games to look forward to on the weekend. Kind of sad, isn't it? Read on.

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• Washington State: There may not be a lot of college football this weekend – Army and Navy are playing, right? – but the Cougar basketball team will be in Beasley on Sunday for a 1 p.m. game with Santa Clara. So there's that. And Mike Leach should be back en route to Pullman, with at least a couple assistant coaches in tow. He seems to be getting his offensive staff in order, with a few guys from East Carolina, where his former Texas Tech defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeal is the head coach, and one hire from Los Angeles – with UCLA cleaning house it made Jim Mastro available and he and Leach also have a history. Leach isn't talking until things are official (I asked him about the assistants on Wednesday night and he was adamant about that) but if there is enough smoke, something's usually burning. As of this point, not much smoke from the defensive side of the football. ... Speaking of Leach, here's some more from his Seattle visit from Christian Caple and Jim Moore has some fun with Leach's contract. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller put together his personal All-Pac-12 team and it included one Cougar, Marquess Wilson. Here is Miller's all-underrated team as well, which also includes another Cougar, guard John Fullington.

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• Around the Pac-12: The biggest news in the conference right now is also the saddest, Fred Thompson's sudden death in Corvallis. Oregon State football coach Mike Riley is dealing with the tragedy and trying to help his players deal with it as well. ... Down the road at Oregon, the recruiting scandal is still being investigated even if things have been quiet lately. ... Andrew Luck picked up a couple awards last night. ... The Pac-12's nonconference basketball results have been, well, really poor. ... ASU hasn't been playing well, but that didn't stop the Sun Devils from giving Herb Sendek a two-year extension, a move applauded by this columnist. ... Arizona has made a move at point guard.

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• That's what we have for this morning. As usually, we'll be back if events warrant. Until later ...




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