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Wulff on Oregon, Tuel

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We're headed out to football practice, but a quick post on what coach Paul Wulff had to say at his press conference. Read on.


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• We asked Wulff what would be his dream start and his nightmare one for this Saturday's game at Oregon and he said it all has to do with turnovers. If the Cougars can force some early and get UO back on its heels, that's perfect but if the Ducks turn the tables and get “on a big wave” that would be the tough start. … Wade Jacosbon had his back surgery today at Stanford to clean up some disk fragments that were causing him pain. He should be out 3-to-5 months. He'll apply for a medical hardship waiver, it should be granted and he should be back next season. By the way, I made a mistake in this morning's story concerning Alex Hoffman-Ellis' health. The senior linebacker doesn't do the team running on Monday nights, but that's the only part of practice he doesn't participate in and he does lift, though there is one lift he avoids due to his balky back. … As for Jeff Tuel, Wulff confirmed today what I reported earlier this week. He's out for now and quite possibly for the year. Wulff isn't as optimistic about Tuel's return this season after talking with him the past couple days as he was Tuesday. … Wulff said his first response when he heard Jeff suffered acute compartment syndrome was not printable, but his second was this has been a star-crossed year for his junior quarterback. Neither the clavicle fracture or the calf injury are common and he's been hit with both. … The NCAA Board of Directors passed a bunch of items today after we were done talking with Wulff, but he was looking toward something the convention is supposed to take up this summer, giving kids five years to play five seasons. No redshirts, just five years straight up. It's a proposal Wulff would like to see passed and Tuel would be a perfect example of why. If it does pass and players are grandfathered in, Tuel would still have two years left. … By the way, under the new APR guidelines, WSU's football and basketball team would be OK, football because the numbers are trending up (though it's 925, it will lose an awful number in the next four-year average) and basketball because it's number is so high (971 in last four-year average).

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• That's all for now. We'll be back later. Until then …


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