A quick and easy Thursday from WSU


Some days this time of year, like yesterday, there is a lot to pass along. Other days, like today, not so much – a phrase we use a lot for effect, but mean literally this morning. Read on.


• Washington State: Other than another Mike Leach radio appearance – this one with Ian and Jason on KJR in Seattle ­– and Jeshua Anderson's runner-up finish in the Bowerman Award, the Cougar well is dry today. ... is saying Paul Volero, a former West Virginia assistant who has coached high school in Key West, Fla., the past couple years, will join Leach's staff, but doesn't say in what capacity.


• Around the Pac-12: All the coaching changes lead to a lot of coaching changes. And by that, we mean in the staffs. For example, Washington lost an assistant coach for the first time in the Steve Sarkisian era, with cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin headed to UCLA. Jim Mora, Jr., is building his staff with recruiters. ... Arizona State finally hired a head coach yesterday, taking the passionate Todd Graham away from Pittsburgh after one 6-6 year. The Sun Devils better make sure they have text messaging on their phones. That's how Graham informed the Panthers he was leaving. ... Oregon State's staff has some work to do in its football program. ... The Oregonian reported yesterday LaMichael James has decided to leave the Ducks for the NFL draft. He denied the report later in the day. ... California has a burnt orange look right now. ... The Bears, like a bunch of other conference teams, are going bowling. ... On the courts, UCLA won its second consecutive game, though the Bruins didn't dominate Eastern Washington, winning 60-47. ... Oregon lost big man Tyrone Nared to a slight MCL tear in its game with Portland State this week. Nared is expected to be out until the Ducks' Pac-12 opener with WSU in the Spokane Arena on Dec. 29. ... Arizona is now chartering to and from basketball games. ... The Huskies are a bit leaderless right now.


• That's it for this morning. And no, we don't have the go-ahead yet to tell you what's up, though everyone's guesses have been incorrect. Until later ...

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