TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012, 6 A.M.

Linking Monday to Tuesday


FROM PULLMAN -- A pretty uneventful Monday night turned busy in a hurry. We have our usual links around the conference, so read on.


Wasn't expecting last night as I left the gym that I'd be writing a story about an arrest, but, well, that's what happens sometimes. As first reported by KREM TV, then further detailed on our blog last night and in the paper this morning, WSU linebacker C.J. Mizell was arrested Sunday night for his alleged role in a fight at a fraternity party early Sunday morning. WSU confirmed it is aware of the situation, and coaches are in the fact-gathering process. ... Ted Miller has a take on some comments made by Ryan Leaf about Oregon State coach (and former San Diego Chargers coach) Mike Riley. CougCenter has a take on Miller's take. ... A brief story in the Orange County Register about the minor scuffle between Brock Motum and Anthony Stover on Saturday. ... As Vince noted in his blog post yesterday morning, the Pac-12 extended the contract of commissioner Larry Scott through the 2016 season. Miller wonders if Scott might be a Pac-12 lifer.  ... I'm going to try to remember to link Bill Moos' Cougar Calls segment with Bud Nameck each Monday morning. ... Former WSU quarterback Jason Gesser, now an assistant at Idaho, was named the WAC recruiter of the year by on Monday.

Around the Pac-12: Arizona's Kyle Fogg was named Pac-12 Player of the Week. The Wildcats have a slim margin of error to make the NCAA tournament. The 'Cats have a favorable path to the conference title. ... Arizona awaits the decision of a local football recruit. ... Trent Lockett is closer to returning for Arizona State. ... Utah is relying on some walk-ons. ... Stanford's Shayne Skov is also in a bit of legal trouble after his DUI arrest. The Cardinal's co-defensive coordinator is heading back to the NFL. ... Colorado's strength coach has the Buffaloes thinking bowl game. ... As Percy Allen notes, Joe Lunardi projects the Pac-12 to send three teams to the NCAA tournament. ... Oregon State and its most highly-touted offensive line signee have been linked for 13 years. ... Not football or basketball related, but as the lead of this Register-Guard story notes, the running world lost one of its pioneers on Monday. ... Bud Withers shares some insights on the string of dust-ups in the conference this season. ... Mark Schlabach ranks USC No. 1 in his way-too-early college football rankings. Isn't it way too early for those?

We'll be back later this afternoon with our usual summary of Ken Bone's conference calls. Until then ...

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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