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So where were we? Oh yes, Washington State football and basketball. That's the ticket. After some time off, we're back, so if you want more information on WSU, read on.

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• So you might be wondering where I've been. Well, I expected to be back blogging last week after my vacation break, but some work-related items came up that took some time, so we kept putting off our back-to-the-blog post. But we're on the plane to L.A. to cover the Pac-10, er, Pac-12 football media day – for the record, that was on purpose but I'm sure there will be many not-so-purposeful mistakes like those to come – so we thought the 2-plus hours on the plane would allow me time to get back into the swing of blogging. And we'll start with a request. Over the next few days I would like you to email me questions about the upcoming WSU football season. I know a lot of you are wondering who the new long snapper will be and when tickets for the Apple Cup will be available, so I'll try to find the answers and relay them in a long Sunday morning post. I'll even try to answer the unanswerable, like whether there will be changes made in the coaching staff at the end of the season. ... OK, on to a couple of news items from the past few weeks (I know, old news and all that, but some of you might have missed these tidbits). ... We caught up with Kyle Weaver last week and talked with him about his sojourn in Belgium at the end of last season, part of the S-R's series on local standouts playing overseas. (As some of you might recall, I wanted to talk with Thomas Kelati about this, but numerous attempts for contact Kelati through his dad and others were unsuccessful, which is too bad because I think there is an interesting story there.) Here's a link to the Weaver story. By the way, I asked Weaver on Thursday if the reports he had signed with ALBA were true and he answered that nothing was official yet. Then on Friday, the team's manager and coach talked about his signing and what that meant in a German newspaper. I tried to get in touch with Weaver for confirmation on Friday and Saturday, but had no luck. But being the team announced it, I went with the news. ... DeAngelo Casto also signed overseas, inking a deal with a Turkish team. The pix Casto tweeted of Antalya are beautiful. The team also signed Kansas State's Jacob Pullen. ... As I blogged about before his early July court date, Klay Thompson will be free and clear of his marijuana citation as long as he doesn't mess up for six months. Thompson had to pay court costs. ... And that's about it for old news. ... We'll be at the Pac-12 media event tomorrow (you can access the schedule here and the event itself on the Pac-12 site), with our Twitter feed going full blast (though I'm not sure I'm really snarky enough for Twitter) and updating the blog from time-to-time. The event is on the Fox lot in LA, where my dad spent a few years working as an extra in movies (it's kind of cool looking for the back of his head in films such as Doc Hollywood and City Slickers), so there's that. ... You might also find this Ted Miller video interesting as well.

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• That's all for now. More tomorrow. Until then ...




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