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I've written this before but it bears repeating. The football season has a bit of a "Groundhog Day" feel to it. Every day, while not the same as the previous one, is really similar to its corresponding day the week before. If it's Thursday, we must be blogging. And then heading over to Washington State for Paul Wulff's press conference. And blogging. And heading to practice. And blogging. See? But nothing happens on any day until we put together your morning post, which we have now done. Again. So read on.

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• Washington State: We put together this feature on new starting quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, not so much of a how's-he-going-to-do football primer, but more of a meet-the-kid piece. ... The link also includes our weekly Pac-12 picks. ... We passed along Paul Wulff's comments after practice last night. ... John Blanchette gives us living proof why a hall of fame is important to a school, its athletic programs and the athetes that compete for them. ... The Tacoma News Tribune has this preview of the UNLV game. ... Someone was really thinking when they invited three high school offensive linemen to visit on the Idaho State weekend. Less than a week later all three have given WSU verbal commitments. With not all that many available scholarships this season – there are only 13 seniors on the roster and not all are on scholarship; there are a couple open scholarships still available, however – the Cougars are close to done with their recruiting for this class. They have received 14 commitments according to Cougfan. ... And that's about it for today, except to clear up two misconceptions that are making the rounds. ... Jeff Tuel was, of course, cleared by the medical staff prior to entering the game last Saturday. I thought this was so obvious that there was no reason to mention it. My bad....  And the debate over whether Tuel can get the year back if need be is so premature as to be almost laughable. But if it comes down to it, Tuel's injury is of such a magnitude it could be possible for a medical waiver to be granted. There are just so many factors that play into whether or not a student athlete is cleared to compete after such an injury. But this is one of those situations where it makes no sense to be debating it now. It all comes down to how the injury heals.

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• Around the Pac-12: Who is hot and who is not? ESPN.com's Ted Miller tells you. ... More on whether the conference will end up expanding. It all seems to be in the lawyers' hands now. One question though. When the Southwest Conference imploded, why didn't Baylor sue to keep Rice, TCU and Houston together with the other state schools? Or does not messing with Texas football really just mean Baylor football? ... Another veteran sports writer says goodbye. ... Washington: In Chris Polk's case, practice does make perfect. Or at least better. ... Oregon State: Though it looks as if quarterback Ryan Katz is on the hot seat, Oregonian columnist John Canzano thinks someone else should be. ... The Beavers are familiar with the Badgers. ... Oregon: Nevada's offense could cause the Ducks problems. ... ... California: The Bears kicking game needs to improve. ... Stanford: Nothing today. ... Colorado: The Buffs are worried about Zach Maynard's feet as well as his arm. ... Utah: Jordan Wynn has to play better for the Utes to succeed in the Pac-12. ... USC: Being the recipient of 17 passes means Robert Woods is sore this week. ... UCLA: This is probably not the best way to end practice. ... Arizona State: There seems to be as much excitement about the Sun Devils' uniforms as there is for the game. ... Arizona: The challenge of playing in Stillwater could become an every-other-year thing for the Wildcats.

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• That's all for this morning. If past history is any guide, we'll be back in the afternoon. Until then ...




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