Good morning. It's Monday. TGIM. It's time to get back on the treadmill that is the college football week. Final goal this Saturday: Oregon State in Seattle. Read on.
• Washington State: We pretty much covered the news last night in our post, but we have so more to add, including a SportsLink exclusive. We're unable to find our story concerning the commitment of Spokane's Brett Boese to the Cougar basketball team – it's in the paper on the front page, but didn't show up on our on-line database this morning, so we can't link it – so it is below. … Our football story did show up. … By the way, the Cougars opened as a 2.5-point favorite over the Beavers and it quickly jumped to 4.5 points. … Here's the Boese story …
PULLMAN – Brett Boese, a 6-foot-7 forward from Shadle Park High, said Sunday he will accept a scholarship offer from Washington State and will sign a letter of intent next month.
Boese, a senior for the Highlanders, becomes the second member of WSU's 2012 recruiting class, joining 6-10 center Richard Peters of Westwind Academy in Phoenix, who committed earlier this month.
Basketball's early signing period begins Nov. 9.
“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.”
Boese missed his junior season at Shadle after breaking a bone in his foot. With his commitment to WSU, he said he can now just concentrate on helping the Highlanders as a senior.
“We have four seniors and our goal is to get back to the state tournament and hopefully win a State title,” Boese said. “It's a big deal to be able to relax, know where I'm going and focus on this year.”
Boese's uncles, former Shadle basketball coach Jim Meredith and his brother Dave, also played at Washington State.
• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller ranks the conference's teams and tells us what we learned last weekend. … There is one constant right now: Oregon keeps winning conference games. … Washington: The polls came out yesterday and the Huskies were ranked. They have a chance to either jump up or fall out, as they play Stanford this weekend. … Oregon State: The Beavers are beat up and ticked off. … Oregon: If Darron Thomas can't play this week, his backups are ready to help the Ducks make the grade. … California: Jeff Tedford has his quarterback's back. … Stanford: Grading the Cardinal's week. … Colorado: The Buffs bad season got worse this weekend with the loss of a couple top players. … Utah: The Utes' defense played great, the offense didn't. … USC: The Trojans' running back situation is in critical condition. … UCLA: Arizona and its passing attack is the next challenge for the Bruins. … Arizona State: The bye week comes at a good time for the Sun Devils. … Arizona: One Cat seems to be bouncing back.
• That's all we have for this morning. We'll be back following practice tonight but remember, it will be real late. Until then …