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After practice last night, Jeff Tuel told the assembled media it was one of the best Tuesday practices the team's had since he's been in Pullman. "Really good tempo with a lot emotion," he said. Don't know what it will mean come Saturday, but just thought I would pass it along. Read on.
UPDATE: We don't have much more than this, and won't until we talk with Paul Wulff after practice, but Jeff Tuel was cleared to play by team doctors this morning. How he will be used this weekend is still up in the air and will be a game-time decision, according to WSU.
• Washington State: I don't know if it's because you folks are more educated, calmer, comatose or what, but Paul Wulff's comments concerning Marshall Lobbestael starting this Saturday didn't stir much of a firestorm here, unlike other place on the World Wide Net. How can that be, seems to be the sentiment out there. Tuel has to start. He's the best. Well, that last statement is true, even Lobbestael will tell you that. So I went back and listened to Wulff's comments again just to make sure there wasn't a lawyer-like out or something. What Wulff said is Lobbestael will start until Tuel is cleared and at such time Tuel feels he's ready to go. In other words, not only does Tuel have to be physically ready, he has to be mentally ready as well. Let's be clear here. Tuel right now isn't the Tuel of the Idaho State week. He's been off a while, his clavicle is still hurting, his throwing motion isn't the same, his passes aren't as accurate. Until he's physically better, until he's confident in the strength of his collarbone, in other words until he's healed, he's not going to be the quarterback everyone expects. And that's when he'll play. He's improving – he was better Tuesday than he was the Tuesday before, a lot better – but he's not 100 percent. If he's given the green light after his examination today and he is spot on in practice the rest of the week, could he start? Possibly. But the chances of those things happening aren't very high. Put your money on Lobbestael in the shotgun against the Cardinal. ... Now on to other items. ... We had our Pac-12 notebook in today's paper, along with a short item on Friday's Midnight Mayhem basketball event (second item). ... Freelancer Howie Stalwick has a WSU notebook. ... More on the loss to UCLA. ... An AP story about Wulff's press conference, which we summarized here. ...
• Around the Pac-12: There will be challenges for the conference putting on the championship game. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller looks ahead to the weekend and the rest of the Pac-12 season. ... Ranking the conference teams. ... Notes from around the Pac-12. ... Washington: A couple of brothers did something unusual on Oct. 1. ... Though Colorado is in the conference cellar, the Buffs can score. ... Oregon State: The Beavers still haven't figured out how to run the ball without Jacquizz Rodgers. ... Oregon: The Ducks expect to get back an injured player this week, though it probably won't be LaMichael James. ... Mike Bellotti is on TV. Could he be back in coaching soon? ... California: A couple of the conference's best receivers meet this week. ... Stanford: Andrew Luck, among all his great traits, also is blessed with a loud voice. Could he be an auctioneer if the NFL thing doesn't work out? ... He's also made his receivers better. ... Colorado: The Buffs want to buff up at running back. ... Utah: After a tough debut, Jon Hays is now the man for the Utes under center. ... USC: Lane Kiffin is an optimist. When you are playing California, why not? ... UCLA: With Richard Brehaut out, freshman Brett Hundley is the backup quarterback. ... Arizona State: Doesn't matter who plays for the Ducks. They will be fast. ... Arizona: The Wildcats' search for a coach this time is different.
• That's all for this morning. We're keeping our finger on the quarterback situation and we'll try to get any news in that area to you as soon as possible. Until later ...