It is so strange to look out my window this morning and not see snow on the ground. It is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, isn't it? Though we were in the Bay Area for the basketball games, we understand it was around 50 degrees up here all weekend. Which helped the snow to melt and probably played a role in Paul Wulff landing a big football recruit for California. We envision the conversation going something like this. Recruit: "Sure is nice up here in the winter, not at all what I heard in So Cal." Wulff: "What, it's always like this. In fact it's a little cold today. That's why the golf course is closed." Read on.
• Washington State: All's fair in love, war and recruiting, which, when you think about it, is a mixture of the first two. But all kidding aside, Brandon Tuliaupupu, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound lineman from Southern California, told Cougfan yesterday he had committed to WSU after his official visit over the weekend. With Tuliaupupu's commitment, the Cougars have 24 known, including Spokane running back Bishop Sankey, in town last weekend as well (and he knows 50-degree January days are not the norm). Sankey has reportedly been wavering over the last six months or so. The signing period begins Feb. 2, which is a little more than two weeks away. ... WSU's tough-it-out, comeback win Saturday at Stanford can be dissected a lot of different way, though this one by CougCenter's Jeff Nusser was not possible in the days before computers, and yes, I remember those days.
• Around the Pac-10: There was just one game in the conference yesterday and it was a rout. The Huskies started slow (and with a different lineup) but finished at warp speed, taking down Cal, 92-71. ... Washington (5-1) and Arizona (4-1) meet Thursday in Seattle with the conference lead on the line (yes, it will be on TV, which means the Cougar game with ASU won't be, though the school will be webcasting it). The Wildcats stayed within a half-game of UW with an easy victory over rival ASU on Saturday. ... The rivalry game this week is in Oregon, where the Ducks really need the extra day off.
• That's all for this morning. We'll be back tomorrow for sure and today of events warrant, though it is a holiday and there is lots of basketball to watch. Until then ...