The prep is all done for Washington State. The players are on the way to the hotel and tomorrow they'll open the 2011 football season in Martin Stadium against Idaho State. We have more, so read on.
• We mentioned on last night's post the WSU will be webcasting the opener on Cougars All-Access, a pay service. If you're interested, you can find out more here. … The radio booth will have a new look for Saturday's game, and we're not talking about fresh paint or high-backed chairs. Jim Walden is taking the week off, missing so he won't miss a hall of fame induction at the University of Wyoming. Bob Robertson will be doing the play-by-play and he'll be joined in the booth by usual on-field reporter Bud Nameck. In turn Nameck will be replaced on the sidelines by Ian Furness from KJR in Seattle. … Speaking of Seattle, if you like Jim Moore having fun at the Huskies' expense, you can read his latest effort here. If you aren't a fan of his fictional alter-ego, the drill, then skip it. … The Cougars went through a walk-through in Martin Stadium closed to the public as Paul Wulff is trying to eliminate as many distractions as possible this season. They weren't distraction free, however, as work continues on the hospitality area behind the west end zone. The area is reserved for big advertisers and boosters. … You know those ubiquitous Good Hands nets behind goal posts? They'll be one in Martin Stadium tomorrow, but only in the west end zone. The permanent poles that will hold it up weren't finished in time, however, so it's on two cranes this week. For UNLV, though, it should be in its permanent spot. … Speaking of next week's opponent, UNLV, I probably should have linked these stories from its 51-17 season-opening defeat last night in Madison, Wisconsin. Here's a gamer from Madison along with a column, and here's the game story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
• That's it for this evening. We'll be back, as usual, in the morning. Until then …