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Did you hear that boom last night about 8:15? The one that was so loud it spread throughout the nation, rattling windows in college presidents' offices from here to Austin and beyond? If you did, read on.

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• Washington State: It wasn't an earthquake or a sonic boom (as if anyone under the age of 30 knows what that is). It was just the Pac-12 telling the college universe it isn't going to expand. Well, it isn't going to expand right now. We have more links on this below, but if I were a betting man – and I'm not as you folks know – I would bet this isn't the final word from Walnut Creek on this matter. As soon as the landscape changes, as soon as one university figures out it can't go it alone and needs to be part of a "cultural of equality," then the tenor changes. ... We had our Washington State practice report last night and promise to have another one this evening. ... We also had our Pac-12 notebook. ... The Everett Herald has this feature on WSU's and UW's current quarterbacks. ... For you Cougar baseball fans, CougCenter covers the new additions to the roster.
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• Around the Pac-12: OK, just about every paper and website on the West Coast covered the non-expansion story, either with the Associated Press story or with its own take on the matter. Every link in these two sentences take you to a story. The best? This one from Jon Wilner as it looks forward as much as it looks back. ... ESPN.com's Ted Miller checks everyone's temperature. ...  Washington: Nick Holt says the Husky defense will improve. It has to, because Pac-12 plays starts this week with undefeated California coming to town. ... As for those controversial calls in the Nebraska game, the conference officiating supervisor would like a chance to explain. ... Oregon State: The Beavers still aren't sure which players will be available for Saturday's game, though it doesn't look as if freshman running back Malcolm Agnew will be. ... Oregon: Arizona likes to throw the ball and does it successfully three-quarters of the time. LaMichael James is trying to get that good. ... California: If you remember how Joe Kapp threw the football (and some of us do), then it is no surprise his son is not a quarterback. ... Maybe he could fill in at center? ... Stanford: The Cardinal are going to be hard pressed to fill Shayne Skov's shoes. ... Colorado: Another running back who wants to catch the ball more is Rodney Stewart. ... Utah: Jordan Wynn is still trying to reach his goals. ... USC: When you start retiring numbers at a place like this, there is a problem having enough to go around now. ... UCLA: If Brett Hundley is called upon at quarterback, he feels he is ready. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils will be without one their better defenders for a while. ... Arizona: Alex Zendejas has won his kicking job back. For now.

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• That's all for this morning. We'll be back after practice not only with a report but with our Pac-12 picks. Until then ...




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