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FROM SEATTLE — The football team added a few new players yesterday, while the basketball team will practice today on the same court the Sonics used to practice on. Too soon? Read on.

We're heading down to Seattle Center later this afternoon for WSU's media availability following its practice at KeyArena, and will have a feature on Mike Ladd in tomorrow's newspaper. In today's paper, we had a brief item about the football team's signings — three JUCO transfers and two grayshirts — as well as a blog post with some more information. … Bud Withers expands on Ken Bone's comments about the trouble WSU has had trying to get marquee opponents to visit the state, even in Seattle. … Mike Leach is apparently co-authoring a book about Geronimo with a WSU professor. Ho hum. … Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald wrote about Brett Kingma's reinstatement.

In Pac-12 basketball news … Oregon lost a triple-overtime game at UTEP last night. … Oregon State is 8-2 after beating Howard 69-53. … Arizona wants some wins in Hawaii for Christmas. … USC hosts UC Irvine tonight (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). Washington hosts Cal Poly at 6 p.m. 

In Pac-12 football news … A highly touted offensive lineman will transfer to Arizona State. … Arizona's backup running back will transfer from the school. … Washington's quarterback is trying to quiet his critics in the Huskies' bowl game. … David Shaw has agreed to a long-term contract extension at Stanford. … California will have open practices under new coach Sonny Dykes, who differs from a certain previous employer in that regard. … One of USC's cornerbacks is awaiting a draft evaluation. … UCLA is trying to recruit depth on its offensive line. The Bruins must set the tempo against high-scoring Baylor. … Utah signed some junior college transfers. … Nothing is permanent in college football, not even at Oregon State. … Trouble could be coming for Oregon in the form of the NCAA infractions committee. … Colorado's former coach generally did things the right way.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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