COUGARS • UPDATE: 10:20 A.M.
There is no news to report right now on Paul Wulff's future, other than he and Bill Moos will continue their conversation sometime today. But we can pass along other items that might be of interest, so read on.
• UPDATE: Added some items from Bill Moos' radio show.
• Washington State: Yesterday turned out to be a day filled with phone calls, texts, conversations and waiting. Sorry we never got back to linking the football games from Saturday, but other duties, including getting from Seattle to Pullman, precluded that. We have, however, gathered up links from around the Pac-12 today and present them below. ... As for Wulff's situation, we wrote this short story for today's paper. Moos wasn't talking last night and neither was Wulff, at least not to the media. Moos is scheduled to have his radio show this morning at 10 – I know it's on UPDATE: (Fix from earlier) ESPN-700 in the Spokane area, but not sure if it's on other places – so he'll do some speaking then I guess. It usually is available on podcast sometime later in the day. Also, Wulff and maybe Moos speak at the Cougar Club today at noon. ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has this story in the News Tribune. ... And we linked this piece last night, but we will do it again this morning. It's from Bud Withers on Mike Leach. ... I think everyone is clear on what is happening in Bohler Gym right now. The president of the university, Elson Floyd, has long felt Paul Wulff isn't right as football coach. The athletic director, Bill Moos, believes Paul Wulff is the long-term answer, and has said as much many times. In the next 24 to 48 hours we may well discover whether the athletic director is setting the direction for the athletic department or the president is. I could be getting this wrong, but that's how I see it though no one in either office is talking. (I cleaned up some language that I felt was unclear in the post earlier). ... UPDATE: I have listened to Bill Moos on his radio show this morning, which is the access I would have liked to have had last night. He says the decision will come in the next 24 hours and it will be his decision. He wants to do what's right for Washington State and for the future. He also needs energy in the fan base – talking once again about the Martin Stadium projects – and I get the impression he doesn't believe there is right now. He said have to decide "if staying the course or making a change is the right course to get there" He also doesn't believe Wulff has lost the team. As the show winds down, Moos reiterates that he'll make a decision with 24 hours and when he does, he expects everyone to close ranks. The reason for the wait: "I want to get a feel for where Paul is taking our program." He says he doesn't watch practice, and meets with the coach so he can evaluate the program in depth. He wants to win in every area of athletics and he thinks the football team needs more talent to compete for championships. One of his last comments: "I have a great president that allows me to run the program. He doesn't look over my shoulder." With all that being said, my statement above about the future direction, which I left up for all to see, might have been too strong and I may have misread the tea leaves. Done it before but I can't take it back now. This much is true: One highly placed athletic department source, who would know, told me recently if it had been President Floyd's choice, Wulff would have been gone long ago. It would be hard to believe he's changed his mind after this year. And Moos reiterated just a few weeks ago he recommended Wulff four years ago because he was the right guy to lead the football program in the long run. Times may have changed. ... In other news, Arizona State has fired Dennis Erickson and UCLA the same with Rick Neuheisel.
On to basketball, in which the Cougars suffered the ignominy of losing to UC Riverside, blowing a huge second-half lead in the process. They get back from Southern California this morning and play Grambling tomorrow evening at 5:30, prior to the women's game with Gonzaga.
• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller ranks the conference's teams after last week's games. ... More on coaches on hot seats. ... Washington: The Huskies are going bowling. They don't know where, so they get some time off. ... Oregon State: The sad 2011 season comes to a close with the loss of a former starting quarterback. ... Oregon: The Ducks still have one home game left. It's for the Pac-12 title against a reeling UCLA team. ... California: Nothing. ... Stanford: The Cardinal are fourth in the latest BCS standings and Andrew Luck is in a fight for the Heisman. ... Colorado: Nothing. ... Utah: A bowl awaits and it will be a winner for the Utes. ... USC: The Trojans see a bright future by looking at the past. ... UCLA: The Bruins are 30.5 point underdogs to Oregon (I will take the Ducks). ... Arizona State: It seems like the end is near for Dennis Erickson in Tempe. Wow.... Arizona: It's now time to start the Rich Rod era in Tucson.
• That's it for this morning. We'll be monitoring the Wulff situation as close as we can. Until later ...