COUGARS • UPDATED: 6:15 P.M.
We'll be back soon with our post on Paul Wulff's press conference but we wanted to pass along some news. Read on.
• UPDATE: We have some notes on said press conference on the link.
• Washington State basketball coach Ken Bone received his second commitment for the class of 2012 on Sunday, when Shadle Park star Brett Boese made his choice. Boese, a 6-foot-7 sharpshooting forward joins 6-10 center Richard Peters of Westwind Academy in Phoenix, who committed earlier this month. Talked with Boese a bit ago on the phone and will have a story in tomorrow's S-R. "Growing up, every kid from Spokane wants to play at WSU or Gonzaga or UW," said Boese, who took his official visit to Pullman last weekend. "That's our goal. To get the opportunity to play at WSU is great. It's close to home, my parents will get to watch me play, my uncle, who went there and played there, he can watch me play. My coaches, coach (Shadle's Tim) Gaebe and coach (Jim) Psomas (of Eastern Washington Elite, Boese's summer team) will get to watch me play. And then the education as well," added Boese, who said his GPA is 3.95. "The business school is prestigious at Washington State."... We'll be back in a while with Wulff's thoughts.
• UPDATE: So we're back with Wulff's thoughts from the press conference. We wanted to build our follow story not as much around the Stanford game but around the first half season, so we asked Wulff to grade the offense, defense and special teams over the six games. The grades he gave are in our story, but they seem in line to what they should be to me. ... I wanted to know the effect playing a team like Stanford – big, physical, aggressive – would have physically and mentally on the Cougars. Wulff said mentally, he thought WSU would flush it just fine and physically, the team came out pretty darn healthy. Sekope Kaufusi wasn't able to go because of a shoulder problem, but otherwise the defense wasn't banged up. The offense lost Henry Eaddy to a concussion, so he probably won't play against Oregon State, but otherwise there were no other problems. However, I'm sure when practice starts tomorrow night at 7:30, there will be a few more guys not suited up, nursing some bumps and bruises. ... One guy who won't be out there is Wade Jacobson. The right tackle is looking at his treatment options for his bad back. Surgery is one of them. If that happens, he will probably apply for a medical hardship in hopes of getting his senior year back. ... As for Oregon State, Wulff knows the Beavers are finally starting to get healthy and the offense is throwing the ball more with Sean Mannion at quarterback. Other than that, he was headed off to do the in-depth film study.
• That's what we have right now. We'll be back in the morning. Until then ...