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A midweek WSU morning post

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I thought I would leave last night's post as the most-recent WSU one for a little longer today, just to induce some traffic. That's why we're a bit later than usual with our morning post, not because somebody overslept. No, really that's why. Promise. Read on.

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• Washington State: There is a column in today's Arizona Republic that included this line near the end: "Erickson must manage a bad-weather game at Washington State, where the drab hits hard, where a visiting team feels like it has been banished to the end of the world." Hey, that's where I live. Then again, I wear tan cords a lot, so maybe I like drab. ... And, before we move on, bad weather? It's supposed to be in the 30s, with a chance of a little rain or snow and some wind. Sounds pretty nice to me. ... By the way, talked with a couple players from warm weather cities about how much Saturday's cold will probably affect ASU. They laughed. We'll have that story Saturday. ... Today is basketball letter-of-intent day. Ken Bone is holding a press conference at 1:30, when WSU expects to have its four letters in hand. We'll have coverage on that. Shadle Park's Brett Boese will be signing his letter at 10 this morning. ... The S-R will also have its basketball special section in tomorrow's paper, with our preview on the basketball team – one of my few regrets: not covering this group to the end of their season – and more. The Seattle Times' had Bud Withers' season preview story and summary, along with the same two items about the women's team. ... Back to football. We had this story from Paul Wulff's press conferences yesterday and our Pac-12 notebook. Kind of a big game Saturday. It will still be going on when the Cougar game kicks off. ... Forgot one thing from Wulff's press conference I wanted to pass along. Someone asked if Steve Gleason would address the team Saturday and Wulff demurred, saying he wants Gleason to do whatever he wants to do. If he wants to talk with the group, he can. If the former Cougar linebacker, suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease, doesn't want to, that's OK too, Wulff said. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has this notebook in the News Tribune.

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller has been covering the crud out of the Stanford/Oregon game, but he doesn't neglect the rest of the conference. ... There are a couple of Pac-12 notebooks to pass along, including this one from the Arizona Daily Star and this one from the Republic. ... Washington: A matchup with USC will always be a big deal for a Steve Sarkisian-coached Husky team. ... Oregon State: The Beavers' practice was under the lights as daylight savings time ended. ... Oregon: The only thing slow about the Duck football program? Its release of Willie Lyle paperwork. ... The defense isn't slow and neither are the team's stars. ... California: The Bears have struggled against OSU recently. ... Stanford: In Andrew Luck's biggest game, the Cardinal will be a bit shorthanded as they try to earn BCS cred. ... Colorado: The Buffs can't seem to operate near the goal line. ... Utah: Nothing today. ... USC: Matt Barkley is trying to ignore the criti, er, praise. ... UCLA: The Bruins hold Rick Neuheisel's future in their hands. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils try to put their tough loss into the past. ... Arizona: The Wildcats are improving at running back.

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• That's all for now. As we said, we'll be back later. Until then ...




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