FROM PULLMAN -- As gameday nears, we have some more WSU notes and stories for you, including the news that there could be a pretty decent crowd at Beasley for this one. Read on.
First, to answer the question Vince posed in his Wednesday post about breaking in a baseball glove -- I was partial to whatever grease it is that Rawlings sells in those little bottles. Soak the pocket in that, tie a string around it and throw it under the mattress each night for a week, plus frequent games of catch during that time, and that seemed to do the trick. Of course, I was a second baseman and only played until I was 15 -- plus intramural softball in college -- so my leather needs were fairly low-maintenance, plus I preferred the feel of a more-than-well-worn glove, anyway. It must run in the family. On the rare occasions my dad and I play catch these days, he still uses the old Wilson mitt he wore as a teenager. ... We have our usual Thursday glance at the weekend -- though this week, obviously, there's no game for another two days -- as well as some content in this local basketball notebook. Also, we recapped Ken Bone's press conference yesterday on the blog. ... Washington is led by four guards. ... Former WSU quarterback and quarterbacks coach Timm Rosenbach was named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Montana on Wednesday. ... As of Wednesday, 5,794 tickets had been sold for Saturday's game, a figure that does not include the student section (which has a capacity of 3,500). So this should be by far WSU's biggest crowd at Beasley this season. Last week's game against Arizona State drew 5,218, the most to watch a game in Pullman this season. Especially when you factor in the Camp Out Beasley event, which will likely encourage a large enough student turnout to fill their generous allotment. ... Track story here about Galen Rupp and former Cougar Bernard Lagat. ... The Cougars, along with eight other Pac-12 teams, are in support of multi-year scholarships. All scholarships awarded in WSU's 2012 recruiting class will be one-year renewable, though.
Around the Pac-12 ...
California at Utah, 6 p.m.: The Bears are the best team the Utes will face the rest of the way. Neat column here about former Utah coach Rick Majerus. Here's a preview from the Cal side. David Kravish needs to put on some pounds, but he's been a nice surprise for the Bears.
The most recent arrest of an Oregon State football player isn't as bad as it could have been. OSU is awaiting the debut of a redshirt player next season. ... Some more NFL scouting combine stories. ... Hard not to be excited by news like this.