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A Saturday without WSU football

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Got a list of things to do today, being that one of them isn't to cover a Washington State football game. The first was to sleep in. That's done. Second, post. In the process. Finally, watch college football. Just as soon as I get this done. But we're not blowing our morning post off, nosiree. We've got Washington State basketball, Pac-12 football and a tease from our Sunday story. Read on.

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• Washington State: With the bye this week, it gave us a chance to catch up a bit with basketball and the other goings on in the athletic department. For the former, we sat down with Ken Bone and examined the change WSU will be facing this season, resulting in this story. For the latter, we talked with Bill Moos and discussed everything from next year's football schedule (though the contract isn't signed yet, the Cougars will open at BYU) to Paul Wulff's contract (his original five-year contract expires at the end of next year). We also talked about the slow process of approval for the Martin Stadium improvements ...

Q. In the spring, you thought the Board of Regents might approve the plan at its September meeting. Why wasn't it?

A. We did not have all the design elements ready. We felt we could have it ready for October, but that meeting was cancelled and so now we're going to have our backs against the wall in that late November meeting. We pretty much have the south side of the stadium finished in regards to design. We've condensed the scope of the football operations building, which I felt we were probably going to do anyway, and so we had to change the configuration and that has set us back a bit on that piece.

You can read the entire interview in Sunday's S-R. ... Other than that, we don't have much WSU-related to pass along. The Cougars did receive another commitment, their 16th, according to Cougfan. It's Pierson Villarrubia, an offensive lineman from Louisiana.

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• Around the Pac-12: As we've said before, we love the Friday mailbag from ESPN.com's Ted Miller. ... He wonders if we knew this stuff. ... Realignment talk just won't go away. ...  Washington: The Bears haven't won in Seattle in a while, but unless the Husky defense plays better, that streak could end today. ... A quick look at the matchup. ... Oregon State: This is a must-win for both teams, so someone is going to be disappointed when it's over. ... Oregon: With Arizona's prolific passing offense and the Ducks explosive one, this game should be wild. ... California: The Bears feel it's high time they beat Washington and they better. A tough stretch follows, but a win today puts them three-quarters of the way toward bowl eligibilty. ... Stanford: With a bye today, nothing here. ... Colorado: The Buffs schedule is a killer. ... Utah: A bye here as well. ... USC: The Trojans hope to extend their domination of ASU. ... UCLA: Times have changed for a couple of Bruins. ... Arizona State: The Sun Devils have not defeated USC this century. It's about time. ... Arizona: Sooner or later the Ducks will surprise the Cat defense.

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• That's it for today. We're headed to the Laz-E-Boy for the next few hours. We will return when events warrant it. Until then ...




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