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A full Friday morning WSU post

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We started yesterday's post with a bit of news about the snow being gone. We start today's post with a bit of news about the snow being here. And there. And there. Yep, there is a bunch, my scientific term for the boatload of snow that fell overnight. OK, it was about an inch, but I was just trying to scare everyone from coming down Saturday, so I have Martin Stadium all to myself. It is my last home football game as the S-R's WSU beat writer you know. It would be great to have the press box all to myself. For once, my fat thing-I-sit-on wouldn't feel squeezed. It might be a bit lighter than usual on the Cougar side of the field as well. Read on.


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• Washington State: As we have been saying all week, the Cougars were a bit beat up after the Arizona State game, with key players like Marquess Wilson (hip) and Deone Bucannon (ankle) just watching a majority of the practice time. Wilson returned to practice some yesterday, running around with the ones in the latter part of the game-planning session. And Bucannon was moving pretty well with the ones on defense early. But both are still questionable for Saturday as is cornerback Daniel Simmons (ankle), who also got his first work of the week in Thursday. A new injury cropped up Wednesday after practice, with right tackle Dan Spitz rolling his ankle again. Spitz was in a boot Thursday and just watched. He's had ankle trouble since taking over for Wade Jacobson and may be headed for postseason surgery, but hasn't missed a game, so we'll see if he's back Saturday. If not, redshirt freshman Jake Rodgers will get his first start. Rico Forbes is also a possibility but that would mean burning the junior college transfer's redshirt with just two games left so that seems to be well down the list of options. The line is crucial Saturday considering the strength of Utah's defense. … In basketball, the Cougars struggled out of the gate against Sacramento State on Thursday night but did come back to win, pulling away late for a 79-68 victory. We have our game story. … There is also this coverage from freelancer Howie Stalwick, who had this short on football. … We have some videos for you from last night, courtesy the WSU athletic department …

• Here are the game highlights …

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• Coach Ken Bone's postgame interview …

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• And the postgame from the players …

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller asks if we knew these facts and lists the conference's all-academic team. …  Washington: Coach Steve Sarkisian made it official Thursday afternoon, if a tweet can ever be considered official. That's how he let everyone know Nick Montana is starting at quarterback Saturday. … Oregon State: It's that time of year. Senior days are coming. That's our theme about WSU for tomorrow. … Oregon: The safeties are having a good time, but will USC and Matt Barkley change that? … California: As his responsibilities have decreased, Zach Maynard's efficiency has increased. That's good news for coach Jeff Tedford … Stanford: The Cardinal are getting worn down by injuries. … Colorado: The Buffs have become a bit tricky recently. … Utah: The Utes have closed out seasons with a rush recently. And safety Brian Blechen wants some more interceptions. … USC: The Trojans might face Oregon without their best receiver. … UCLA: The two coaches Saturday know each other well. … Arizona State: Even a rivalry game can't tear these siblings apart. … Arizona: Players talk about the speed of the game. It caught up with this one.

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• That's it for this morning. We'll be back today with a web-only special event brought to you by, well we didn't sell any advertising but if we had it probably would have been to a retirement community or one of those magic pills that sponsor golf on TV. That's because the special event is a roundtable interview with WSU's five fifth-year seniors who started at WSU in a different era (the Dobastoic I believe it was called). We'll run the transcipt here as part of our last-home-game-of-the-year coverage. Also, the WSU Board of Regents is scheduled to vote today on the Martin Stadium project, so we'll pass that along as soon as we can. Until then …


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