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FROM PULLMAN — We bemoaned the lack of linkable content the past couple days, but fret not. There is plenty more to read today. And if you just can't get enough, you can join us on our weekly live chat later today at noon, right here on the blog. Read on for more words.


For today's newspaper, we wrote about the quarterback position, and about David Gilbertson, Connor Halliday and the progress being made behind Jeff Tuel on WSU's depth chart. I'm realizing now I may have buried the lead a little bit, with Halliday noting in that story that the hit he took during the spring's first practice set him back a bit in his recovery from a lacerated liver. We also recapped Tuesday's practice in this blog post. … The WSU baseball team lost to Gonzaga 7-4 in Spokane last night. … A brief look at Mike Leach's screen game from CougCenter. UPDATE: Also wanted to point you in the direction of this ESPN.com story about the pervasiveness of marijuana use among football players at Oregon. Bill Moos and Washington State are also mentioned in this passage: “So far at Wazzu he's dealt with no fewer than eight athletes for marijuana-related issues, despite a probable- cause law in Washington that's similar to Oregon's. His Wazzu policy, which is three strikes and you're out, “may have a bit more bite to it” than the policy he had at Oregon, Moos says, in part because he's now given his coaches the option of implementing their own zero-tolerance rule. “We still have a ways to go,” he says, “but we're sending a message.”” This line also caught my attention, if only for its accuracy: “NEWS FLASH: COLLEGE kids smoke weed.”

Around the Pac-12 … A couple of walk-ons have already turned some heads at Arizona. A walk-on could help out the Wildcats' basketball team, too. … Some details on the buyout clauses of Washington's new assistants. … Must be that time of spring — looking at some walk-ons at Oregon, too. The Ducks' scrimmage went well on Tuesday, according to them, anyway, and who are we to doubt that? … Mike Riley missed Oregon State's practice on Tuesday, leaving Mark Banker in charge. … Could there be changes soon to the way spring football practices are conducted? … A pair of California guards will transfer from the basketball team. … USC might have some depth issues this season. A look a the Trojans' depth chart. … A UCLA cornerback is back after a long layoff. The Bruins' center has a case of the yips. … Utah has a bunch of tight ends. One of them is going to get married. … Sounds like some football facility upgrades are on the horizon for Colorado, which saw its basketball attendance increase this season.

All for now. Remember to stop by at noon for our live chat.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple


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