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Moody Blues never sang about Tuesday morning

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Sometimes writing the morning post is about finding stories and passing them along. Sometimes it is more about recalling things I wanted to write about the night before and just plain forgot. And sometimes it's about chasing down items and setting the record straight. Today it's all three. And yes, I know, the headline shows how really old I am. Read on.

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• Washington State: We have a lot of stories to pass along today but there were a couple things I thought about while freezing my toes off last night at practice that I forgot to pass along. ... While up in Colorado a couple of weeks ago, I remember noting how many Buffalo starters were playing on special teams, including running back Rodney Stewart, who absolutely blew up Marcus Mason on a kickoff return. I mentioned that it reminded me of WSU circa 2008 and 2009, when coach Paul Wulff had to fill holes on special teams due to lack of depth. That was followed by the inevitable injuries. Guys the Cougars needed on offense or defense were not playing, the wear and tear on their bodies more than likely contributing to missing games. Well, Colorado is going through the same thing now, losing Stewart and star linebacker Doug Rippy this week. Meanwhile, the Cougars, who have built some depth, have been able to stay relatively healthy. Though they lost some guys, they are starting to get guys back – case in point Adam Coerper, who practiced last night for the first time since his knee injury at San Diego State. ... Another thing I forgot to pass along last night – don't know how either, as I was dancing around about it all day yesterday – was the time of the Oregon game on October. 29. It's noon. Yep, noon (did I mention I love that time?) and it will be on FSN. ... There was a story on Cougfan yesterday about upcoming schedules, with the thrust of it being athletic director Bill Moos announcing home games with BYU and Boise State and the news he was in talks with other BCS schools to come to Pullman. Something sounded a bit odd, so I checked this morning. The Wisconsin games were actually announced prior to the game back there in 2007, as the Cougars contracted to play two back in Madison in return for one in Pullman. The Boise State games were announced in 2010. Both contracts were finalized before Moos came aboard. And the BYU games? Moos put those together and mentioned them to me and others earlier this year. We included it in a Q&A we did with him. Around that time, he mentioned his goal of having one good BCS school on the nonconference schedule every year via a home-and-home, though he didn't mention names. ... Otherwise, we have our first look at Oregon State in today's S-R. ... And Nick Daschel writes about the Cougar future on Cougfan.

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• Around the Pac-12: ESPN.com's Ted Miller does a great job explaining what's going on in the race for bowl berths, the only race that matters for most teams. He also has his Heisman watch, his weekend rewind and the players of the week. ... Some news about the conference's television future. ... Quarterbacks have been whacked around again. ... Washington: The Huskies are on the road to respectability, a road that took a detour against Stanford a couple years ago. And last year the matchup wasn't pretty. ... Oregon State: More on the Beavers injury problems and their running game, which should get a big boost this weekend in game that is crucial. So far this year OSU has graded out about average. ... Oregon: Under Chip Kelly, the Ducks have never been a team that pulls its starters early. Has it caught up with them? ... Like most schools, the Duck receivers have to block too. ... California: Nothing. ... Stanford: Here either. ... Colorado: More on the injuries. ... Utah: The Utah defense is getting kudos at the halfway point. ... USC: The Trojans' lose a top recruit. ... UCLA: The Bruins want to keep the ball away for Arizona on Thursday night. ... Arizona State: A bye this week. ... Arizona: Tim Kish tries to turn the Wildcat ship around.

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• That's it for this morning. It's Tuesday, so Wulff talks a couple times today and then the Cougars have practice. Until later ...




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